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Did You Know What Children Can't Do-Yet

Grandma Says:

It never fails to amaze me how much babies and young children can do. They use their abilities to learn every day.

It is also important to remember that there are many things that they are not yet capable of doing, certainly under the age of three or so, and perhaps later. They are not capable because of the way their minds work when they are young.

Let me remind you of just some of the things that little ones cannot do.

They can't share. Possession of objects is the child's way of understanding autonomy. Owning comes before sharing.

Young children can't say, "I'm sorry" and mean it. This requires being able to understand how the other person feels, an impossible task for young children.

They can't wait, nor can they sit still for very long. Short attention spans, along with muscles and a nervous system that tells them to move, contribute to this characteristic.

Lastly, they can't be ready to do any of this until they are ready because children grow and develop at different rates.

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