Your child is getting close to turning four! Can you believe how fast the time is going? It doesn’t feel like you gave birth that long ago! Your child’s motor and social skills are expanding and they understand even more about the world around them. They are becoming more independent by dressing themselves and brushing their teeth as well as working and playing more in groups and expanding their interpersonal skills. They are also using you as a role model and are following in your footsteps.
Your child is continuously growing and becoming a wonderful person. She may dress herself, keep up with hygiene and have some skill in drawing. All of these are important to your child’s continued development. Although your child is managing the task of getting dressed, she may not get it completely right everytime so vests may get tangled and buttons can be tricky!
Instead of letting your child root through the wardrobe (and mess it up) why not leave his outfits out the night before for him to attempt dressing on his own? This can also help to take the stress out of the house in the mornings! By this time in their life they should also be able to wash their hands and brush their teeth on their own. To make sure they are brushing their teeth have them play games while brushing their teeth like singing their favourite song.
Your child probably has some close mates, or people they prefer to play with. They should enjoy playing together in groups and begin to develop more interpersonal skills based on their group interaction. Your child is getting better at sharing and understands the concept of taking turns. This can be learned by playing on a playground and understanding that different people will have to go down the slide or be on the swing at different times.
Thinking and Learning
Your child is learning by observing. They are aware of everything you do and are picking up habits and social cues from your behaviour. They will recognize actions such as lighting a candle, but will not know the dangers associated with fire, so now is a good time to remind them of what is safe and what isn't. Now is definitely a good time to teach your toddler about road safety, especially if they are whizzing about on a scooter or thinking about riding a bike. Explain to your child about stopping, looking and listening when they get to the road, and also to wait and cross with a grown-up. One of the dangers they should look out for is cars coming out of drives, so warn them to stay close to you on paths that have lots of driveways.