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This is a normal part of the development process. Knowing and accepting this is the first step in helping your child grow up to be a generous person. Here’s an overview of what’s going on inside that possessive little mind. During the second and third years, as the child goes from oneness to separateness, this little person works to establish an identity separate from mother. The growing child develops attachments to things as well as persons.
This ability to form strong attachments is important to being an emotionally healthy person. Some children get so attached to a toy that the raggedy old doll becomes part of the child’s self. When asked to draw a picture of herself, four-year-old Hayden would always include her doll — as if it were part of her body. Children are seldom capable of true empathy under the age of six. Prior to that time they share because you condition them to do so. Children under two are into parallel play — playing alongside other children, but not with them.