My SS will be 6 in a few weeks. He is bright, sweet, and loving, but also argumentative and defiant. All of this seems to be on point with his age. But when I moved in with him and his dad about a year ago, he was still throwing fits and his behavior was very much like a toddler, instead of an almost five year old. We have made major progress with his behavior, but a couple things are worrying me now... 1. He still thinks that if he can’t see me, I can’t see him. He hides his face under the couch and thinks I can’t find him. Yesterday he hid behind a thin telephone pole and told me I’d never see him. Like I said, he was behaviorally behind a year ago, but he’s also very bright (his teacher says he’s her best student) so I don’t know if I should be worried. 2: He had a rough year last year. He became attached to stuffed puppies. He has ten of them. He tends to express his emotions through them. For instance, we pick Daddy up from work. He says, “Bear puppy misses you Daddy.” We are buying a house currently. He says he liked the one house we looked at, but Goldie puppy did not like the green room. I’m still newish at Stepmomming, but these seem like toddler behaviors to me, since both of my nephews outgrew this by the age of four. Should I be worried??