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Can infants and toddlers show kind behavior? 

 

Yes-kind and caring behavior appears early in life and continues to develop across the lifespan. From 8-18 months, infants can understand and imitate kind behavior. For example, adult instructs: "Be gentle with the baby" and softly strokes baby's cheek and neck. Children ages 2-3 yrs. begin to show empathic behavior, such as comforting a crying peer. They also comply more often with adult requests, such as taking turns, saying "thank you," and helping clean up.

 

 

 

Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Assistant Professor and State Specialist, Human Development & Family Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia


 

 

 

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