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Discipline—Part I: Some General Principles
Yes, I can. I can see why you are feeling confused by my statements on 2-year-olds. What you are seeing in your son is the beginning of a conscience: he can interpret your mood and since he wants to please you, he can feel sorry. But your son does not have a fully developed conscience with which he can weigh right from wrong when you are out of sight and decide what is best to do. And most of the time, he will not feel guilty unless there is an adult present who is gently scolding or saying, “no.” It is important for you to recognize that even when a child behaves like your son is behaving, they have a very hard time not giving into temptations that are pleasurable. I hope this helps.