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Are most children at 2 have empathy for animals or people?

When my 2 yr old sees those commericals about the animals who are being hurt or starving, she starts crying, and she comes to me crying about the kittys being hurt. Are they capable of knowing the animals are hurting when they are on TV? She also one time while we were at the doc awhile back, there was a boy approx 3 or 4 pushing his little sister, twins and she went over there and actually "yelled" at the boy!! Well I couldn't really tell what she was saying, and the mom was open mouth astonished, and I wasn't really sure on what to do since she was actually defending that little girl. Is this normal for a 2 yr old? She turned 2 on Nov 5th.


Asked by Michigan-Mom74 at 2:39 AM on Jan. 4, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • son (2 yrs old) also does this, every time he watch or open his book of toy story to the part where woody knock off buzz from the window he will cry, or when he see a baby crying he will cry also


    Answer by tere1986 at 2:46 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • my son doesn't cry but he makes sad faces when ppl or animals or anthing gets hurt..

    Answer by Lynnsae at 3:06 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Yes! I see it in my DD, too! Empathy is a product of evolution. Take this time now to cultivate it!

    Answer by SlightlyPerfect at 7:55 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Absolutely. DS tells me "mommie, doggie hurt" when he sees the ASPCA commercial.

    Answer by Scuba at 7:01 AM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Thank u all girls!

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 7:29 PM on Jan. 4, 2011