How to Help Kids Deal with Their Emotions

Emotional Development Milestones

Birth to 3 Months

  • Smiles and experiences joy.
  • Stops crying when picked up and talked to.
  • Shows pleasure by giggling, squealing, kicking his legs, and waving his arms.

4-7 months

  • Develops variety of facial expressions to communicate feelings.
  • Shows affection by patting parent and gets upset when Mom or Dad leaves.
  • Temperament emerges, becoming a factor in baby's everyday dealings.

7-12 months

  • Lots of smiles, more social, aware of the comings and goings of others, less fussy.
  • Becomes more attached to primary caregiver and develops stranger anxiety.
  • Uses smiles, tears, cooing, and squealing to communicate emotions.

1-2 years

  • Fierce independence followed commonly by clinginess.
  • Seeks comfort from Mom when lonely, sick, or scared.
  • Frustration over inability to properly communicate her needs, leading to temper tantrums.

2-3 years

  • Moody: smiles to tantrums in a heartbeat.
  • Violent behavior: hitting and biting, when disciplined.
  • Little emotional control.

Originally published in the June 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.

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