4-5 year olds are emerging from infant-toddler hood. That time they just went through, their total comfort and pleasure was seen to by their parents. They are leaving that into a time when they have to increasingly see to their own immediate comfort. The 5 year old doesn’t really have a lot of memories from when they are 2 but she seems to have the memory of that comfort and pleasure and the desire to always get back there. It’s an extremely tactile and physical nostalgia.
nostalgia in small children May 23, 2013