chaple asks:

When does a child really understand who mom and dad are?

I would like to know at what age my child should really understand that I'm their dad and my wife is his mom. I know he recognizes us, but when should he actually know?
In Topics: Cognitive development, My child's growth and development
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Feb 3, 2013
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What the Expert Says:

Somewhere between two and three.  All children recognize loving caregivers and can say words like Da or da da but that could be for anyone who cares for them over a time.  the concept of "parents" or mom and dad comes later.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics
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