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3 years 3 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:
  • Tantrums (are you used to these yet?)
  • Improved memory.
  • More in-depth understanding of time.
  • Better conversations every day. 
How your pre-schooler is developing:
Your child will be getting better at telling you stories about their day. If they are attending a nursery school, they will be able to tell you what they did, who they played with and what they had to eat. Encourage these stories and don’t forget to write down any funny things your child says.

As children learn to communicate better, life can be less frustrating. That doesn’t mean that your child will stop having tantrums, however. Three-year-olds can have just as energetic a tantrum as younger toddlers. The triggers are different at this age: it can be small changes in their food, having to give up a pair of shoes that don’t fit anymore, only wanting one parent to do something with them or simply being overtired.

Routine is essential for young children. As spontaneous as you might like to be, children like to know what is coming next. Three-year-olds also need about 14 hours of sleep and possibly still an afternoon nap, especially on active days. If you know your child is tired, then limit the choices they have to make that day (clothes, food, playtime) and give them plenty of physical affection.
Tips for you this month:
Many children like hearing the same story over and over again and your child will remember parts of the stories you read to them and possibly even repeat them back to you. Don’t be tempted to skip a few pages because you’re tired – you’ll get caught out! Some children start to know their stories so well they can almost recite them with you.

The more your child offers you information about their day, the more you should ask them questions. Their sense of time is getting better so they will understand words like “earlier”, “later” and “yesterday”. While you are reading, you can ask them about what they think will happen on the next page or if they remember what was said on the first.
This month’s To Do list:
  • Make sure your child is getting enough sleep – it’s still fine for them to nap in the afternoon if they need to.
  • Add to your library – old favourites are great, but new books are exciting too.
  • Make sure you have the right child seat in your car.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
If you find your child doesn’t want to eat what you put in front of them, try making it more interesting. Give them a peeled hard-boiled egg, for example, and let them break it apart slowly and eat it, rather than presenting it already chopped up on the plate.

Curious about next month? 
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