Family First: Toddlers

By: Sarah Carlson
By: Sarah Carlson

Today we focus on toddlers and why they act the way they do.
A new study uncovered some unexpected answers.

When you ask your toddler to get his or her coat and they seem to ignore you they may have been listening, but storing the information for later use.

Experts used to believe kids are basically little versions of adults trying to do what adults do, but naturally, not as well.

Instead, this study found that three-year-olds neither plan for the future nor live completely in the present.

Instead, they call up the past as they need it. The "get your coat" request is a good example. Instead of getting their coat on because they know it's cold outside, a three-year-old's brain would rather have them run outside, feel cold and then retrieve the memory of where the jacket is and go get it.

So the experts say why not try to trigger that reaction- by telling them "hey if you go outside you'll be really cold, so remember your coat is in the closet."

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