Myth 6: A small child who hits is being mean.

ImageJean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist who pioneered much modern thought in the area of childhood development, says that children only begin to grasp the concept of empathy at 10 years and older. Only at that age do they begin to really see other points of view and appreciate different worlds from their own. So if the 4 year old bonks the 2 year old on the head with a toy sword, he should be corrected, but it doesn’t mean you are raising a sociopath.