Parental expectations of children

Research on what parents believe children can do at various ages found significant gaps in parental expectations in some core areas of child psychological development

From InPsych (Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society – December 2017)

43% of parents believe children can take turns with other children before the age of 3

Most children acquire this skill between 3 and 4 years

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Children have enough impulse control to stop doing something forbidden

35% of parents believe children can do this under the age of 2

56% of parents believe children can do this under the age of 3

Most children acquire this skill between 3.5 and 5 years

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Children under the age of 1 can control their emotions to not have a temper tantrum when frustrated

23% of parents believe this is so

18% of parents expect this to occur in children under the age of 2

Most children acquire this skill between 3.5 and 4 years

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42% of parents believe children can begin to start to feel sad and fearful by age 1.

Most children acquire this skill between 3 to 5 months

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