You might think that such emotions as empathy and compassion only develop later in life.
So how much compassion and empathy do you think a toddler can feel and express?
To answer this question, see what happens when 2-year-old Raegan watches Alvin and the Chipmunks, in a scene where the Chippettes are caring for a lost baby penguin.
In response to the emotions in the cartoon, little Reagan cries tears of empathy when the baby penguin is lost, and then tears of joy when the baby penguin is reunited with its mother.
Whew! Talk about riding an emotional roller coaster.
Raegan’s father says she often cries at emotional scenes in her favorite cartoons.
I think you’ll agree that this is one of the most touching things you’ve ever watched.
It also shows that very young children have the capacity to feel and express a wide range of emotions, similar to adults.