Children this age are spending more time with other kids - in day care,at preschool, or on the playground. Through these interactions, theylearn how actions affect others--for example, that sharing can makeothers happy, while refusing to take turns can make them angry or sad.They also start to recognize individual differences in the need forcomfort. Whereas a toddler might have pulled his mother over to comforta crying child in the playground, a preschooler realizes that the boywants his own mommy. Kids often use an egocentric version of theGolden Rule ("He hit me first!") to justify aggression.
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