As parents and caregivers, we often worry about our children‘s emotional well-being. From the time they are born, we do everything in our power to ensure that they are happy and healthy. As they grow and develop, we watch closely, hoping to see signs of emotional maturity and stability. One aspect of emotional development that is often overlooked is the development of healthy emotional boundaries. While we might think that this is a skill that only adults possess, research shows that children as young as four years old are capable of setting healthy emotional boundaries. In this article, we will explore what healthy emotional boundaries look like in young children, why they are important, and how parents and caregivers can support their development.You may also be interested in reading this interesting article on 4 YEAR OLDS BECOME MORE CONFIDENT? where similar topics are discussed.
- • Approximately 75% of 4yearolds can recognize and name basic emotions in themselves and others.
- • By the age of 4, most children have developed the ability to identify their own feelings and express them in appropriate ways.
- • About 80% of 4yearolds are able to recognize when someone else is feeling a different emotion than they are.
- • By age 4, most children understand that other people have different feelings than they do, and can empathize with those feelings.
- • Approximately 90% of 4yearolds can recognize when their behavior is inappropriate or hurtful to others.
- • Around 85% of 4yearolds are able to take responsibility for their actions and apologize when necessary.