Toddlers between 18 and 24 months of age are learning they are different from other people. These toddlers are just beginning to understand that other children and adults may have different feelings and thoughts – and they are definitely aware when another person demonstrates intense emotions, such as crying and sadness.
Although they may not be able to articulate words for their emotions, they understand “sad”, “happy”, “disappointed”, and in previous newsletters we have encouraged you to use these emotion words with your young children. This is the beginning of empathy – which is one of the stepping stones towards forgiveness. Remember toddlers learn by imitating others – so be a good role model.
For more information on teaching children forgiveness