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Testing 1,2,3: How Children Learn through Repetitive Behavior

When children begin their second year, it can be a very difficult time for parents and caregivers. Children at this age are growing more independent, and they sometimes do things adults don’t want them to do. If it seems like children are intentionally disobeying or disregarding their caregivers’ wishes, it’s because they are! But they are not trying to drive you crazy on purpose.


Testing 1, 2, 3


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Repacholi, B. M., & Gopnik, A. (1997). Early reasoning about desires: Evidence from 14- and 18-month-olds. Developmental Psychology, 33(1), 12-21.