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3 years 7 months old

Katie de Klee
How your pre-schooler will grow and develop, what changes to be aware of, and some great tips for the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Your child may have an imaginary friend.
  • Long words are still a challenge.
  • Good grasp of abstract ideas.
  • Trying to keep the house vaguely tidy (good luck!) 
How your pre-schooler is developing:
If your child has an imaginary friend don’t worry about it at all – it is no cause for concern. In fact, it often indicates that your child is very imaginative. With their imaginary friend they can practice talking from both sides of a conversation so their language skills can develop. Fantasies like this also help them come up with original ideas. Be aware that children are very clever at using imaginary friends to try and shift responsibility for things they know they shouldn’t have done, so you’ll need to be on the alert if this particular imaginary friend seems very naughty!

Your child will have an impressive vocabulary by now and they are able to tell stories, understand ideas about time and recite short nursery rhymes. “Me”, “I” and “mine” are words you probably hear a lot, as they continue to develop their sense of self. Some of the longer words they learn may be difficult to pronounce – if you repeat them slowly and carefully they will be able to copy you.

Tips for you this month:
Pre-schoolers are learning new words all the time – trying to use them can take a little longer. It is normal for children to stumble over words, particularly when they are excited or upset when they are talking. You can help by talking slowly and softly and letting them know that it’s okay to take some time to find the right words.

Staying organised and keeping your house looking under control with a child around can be hard: pre-schoolers tend to create chaos. One of the best ways to maintain order in your home is by having specially demarcated areas for everything, and teaching them to your child. You may not always find the toys in the toy box or the puzzles in the puzzle box, but as least there’s a structure to return to when you do get the energy to spring clean.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Give your child some chores to do – even vacuuming is a fun thing for a little one, and they’ll feel satisfied by the achievement.
  • Find a new craft for your child to try during playtime.
  • Buy some nice storage containers for books, puzzles, toys and clothes.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If you want a peaceful child, don’t fill their day with too many activities and rush them from one to another. Give them enough time to wind down between each activity, and some dedicated quiet time in the afternoon to replace the afternoon nap.

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