Earlier it was noted that, ideally, the primary caretakers are tuned into a child's needs. This does not mean that they admire his every move. Rather, it means that they set age appropriate expectations. For example, a baby is applauded when he takes his first step. A three year old is cheered on when he draws his first scribble. However, under usual circumstances, no one would celebrate these same behaviors when they appear in a five year old. Instead, a parent might say, "you can do better than that". Or, "come on honey, that's baby stuff".
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