It’s official: a 20 month old can understand the emotion fear

In my first ever rant post I ranted about how toddlers have feelings and can understand them if helped. Shortly after that I ruminated on whether I’d be able to teach Sir A to sign emotions so I could get some idea of how young is not too young.

Well, I didn’t make too much effort with the signing thing, plus he started talking heaps anyway. But in the last couple of days he has told me he’s scared, then acts all scared. He definitely knows what it means to be scared. I’m pretty sure he’s referred to sadness a couple of times a month or two ago, but can’t be 100% sure. And he’s been going on about things being funny for a few weeks, which is sort of an emotion.

So, it’s official. Children as young as 20 months can understand and express emotions, and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is full of crap.


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