9.1 Social and Emotional Milestones

That expanding understanding of themselves and others develops with age. Here is a table of social and emotional milestones that children typically experience during early childhood.

Table 9.1: Social and Emotional Milestones333
Typical Age What Most Children Do by This Age
3 years Copies adults and friends
3 years Shows affection for friends without prompting
3 years Takes turns in games
3 years Shows concern for a crying friend
3 years Dresses and undresses self
3 years Understands the idea of “mine” and “his” or “hers”
3 years Shows a wide range of emotions
3 years Separates easily from mom and dad
3 years May get upset with major changes in routine
4 years Enjoys doing new things
4 years Is more and more creative with make-believe play
4 years Would rather play with other children than by self
4 years Cooperates with other children
4 years Plays “mom” or “dad”
4 years Often can’t tell what’s real and what’s make-believe
4 years Talks about what she likes and what she is interested in
5 years Wants to please friends
5 years Wants to be like friends
5 years More likely to agree with rules
5 years Likes to sing, dance, and act
5 years Is aware of gender
5 years Can tell what’s real and what’s make-believe
5 years Shows more independence
5 years Is sometimes demanding and sometimes very cooperative

Many things influence how children develop those milestones as how they view themselves and how they interact with those around them changes. Let’s look more at these.

  1. Developmental Milestones by the CDC is in the public domain↩︎