Amy - posted on 03/20/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )
My 2 year old daughter is high-energy, demanding, and bull-headed. Many times when we tell her to stop doing something or correct a behavior, she will repeat what we say. For example, I will say, "Ashlyn, please don't swing your stuffed animal around. You're going to hit someone." She'll ignore me, and I'll say, "Ashlyn, I mean it." Then, she'll say, "I mean it!" Or, I'll tell her, "Ashlyn, please don't xxxx. You're being naughty." Then, she'll say, "You're being naughty." We also tell her we'll take away whatever toy/object she's disrespecting if she continues, and she'll do it until we take it away. When we take it away, she screams and throws a tantrum like she was just brutally beaten. What really bothers me, though, is that she laughs when people cry or if I tell her that she made someone sad or has physically hurt someone. Will someone please tell me if this is normal? From what everyone has told me, she seems very smart and has a pretty extensive vocabulary for her age. I don't know when empathy or even sympathy develops in children; however, I'm a little, ok maybe more than a little, worried.