posted on Jul, 11 2013 @ 10:24 PM
The majority of people with kids, and even many with nieces and nephews, know what you're dealing with. Just remember that this is the part where her
empathy gets built from foundation up.
She's going to test every reaction to everything possible, but she's not old enough yet to judge the sincerity of reactions. That can be your
Sometimes, when she makes you really mad or frustrated, pretend to cry or get really sad - You'll be able to tell by her reaction how she's coming
with the empathy. You can see their little gears working when they realize that their actions made you sad/hurt, and the consequences "click" for
This isn't always helpful, but it can at least give you a good idea of how this phase is progressing. Now, if a kid responds with pride and glee in
making you cry...you know you have some quick work to do.
The same goes for making a kid that age apologize for something. Demand it of them, and watch them shut down like knox and scowl harder than a child
should be able to. Act hurt and sad, and tell them they can apologize with a hug, and they generally will - and will absorb how their actions and
reactions affect those that they love.
It's a process, but you can be proactive!