According to theory, Why do children imitate irrelevant adult behaviors?

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Children are often found copying the actions of adults around them. But why?

According to theory-theory, children imitate irrelevant adult behaviours because they have no way of distinguishing between what is relevant or irrelevant for their development.

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In this post, we will discuss how the theory explains the prevalence of imitation and what can be done to help children discriminate between behaviour that is appropriate and inappropriate for their age level.

What Is Theory-Theory? by Children’s Behavior Blog

When parents scold an older child for acting like a baby, it doesn’t make much sense to him–after all, he probably knows more about being a baby than his parent does! 

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