Behavioral differences among children illuminate a major aspect of early childhood. It begins with the recognition of temperament in the first year of life as a trait that describes a broad spectrum comprising the easy baby (cheerful, adaptable, regular routines) and the difficult baby (irregular, slow to accept change, tends to respond negatively).1 With developmental progress, a toddler strives for autonomy by learning from successes and failures as he or she negotiates objects and interacts with caregivers. The quality and intensity of these experiences are regulated by temperament differences.
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