Teasing is a fact of life, but that doesn’t make it any less painful. Most preschoolers’ teasing is calling names like “dummy,” and defining social groups by saying things like, “Go away, you can’t play with us!” About this age, your child really understands and is hurt by these kinds of words and attitudes. Even the gentle teasing of older kids and adults hurts. Almost three year olds don’t have the ability to laugh at themselves or see others have a laugh at their expense. They don’t have the vocabulary or fluency to answer back or to express their hurt.