This week marked the 4th birthday of our ‘little’ one. As I was going through my emails, I read one from babycentre.co.uk. Way back, when I did a positive pregnancy test, I signed up for several websites that email you baby development information. I’ve been reading these emails with interest over the last few years, noting that our little bear is developing well.
None more so than one titled ‘Your preschooler – four year old, first month’. Here is an extract of the ‘blurb’:
“If three year olds are busy, inquisitive and fun, four year olds are all that, magnified yet with a budding maturity, self-control and understanding of rules that help make life a bit calmer. Wariness around new people wanes, and your child will probably enjoy making some new friends and having some playdates.”
As I followed the link (which will be available at the end of this blog), I nodded my head in total agreement at the points raised;
- Frustration ~ “I can do it!” Although we try to let our little one do things herself and work things out logically, time inevitably doesn’t always allow. So when asked if she wants help with ‘that zip’ or ‘those buttons’, you get the determined reply, “no, I can do it!”
- Expression ~ Our little bear got ‘Star of the Week at her pre-school last term. It was for ‘being kind and thoughtful’ when she looked after her friend when another child wasn’t so nice to them. We see this more and more from our daughter. She’s very expressive physically and verbally when she tells us about when someone has been “naughty” or when someone shouldn’t use a words such as “pooh pooh head”…
- “I’ll check my diary!” ~ are words I find myself uttering more and more nowadays. Not for myself but for our bear. Her social life has turned into ours! I ‘speak’ to good friends and old colleagues by text and social media but unfortunately rarely glimpse them in the flesh. Other parents, however, are the ones that I chat to over sipping squash in plastic cups and party food (our childrens’ parties, not ours!). So many of my new found friends are from when our bear and their little one have met in the ‘gloop’ at Messy Play or from singing ‘Old McDonald’ at playgroups. Don’t ask me about The Great British Bakeoff because I haven’t a clue. CBeebies schedule and theme tunes however and I’m your woman!…
This is not an exhaustive list of development areas but points I have taken from the email.
You can see the full article here.
What would you add for your little one?
Disclaimer: This is not an official link to or from Babycentre.co.uk. All words and opinions are my own.
Picture source: baby.more4kids.info via Pinterest (this little girl is not ours)
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