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3 years 8 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:
  • Balance improves.
  • Aggressive play.
  • Speech and communication skills develop further.
  • A real character developing.
How your pre-schooler is developing:
Along with all the adorable things your child says, and the sweet and loving moments you share, you might have started noticing some aggressive behaviour. Sometimes children can be very rough when they are playing. Younger children have tantrums because they are unable to communicate their frustrations, but as they get older they may start using negative behaviour for attention. Sometimes it is triggered by anger or excitement, and it can be directed at you or at their friends.

Pre-schoolers can also be full of love and totally charming. They need a lot of physical comfort and affection and crave your attention. So when it feels like you are living with a little terror, do try and remember that there are many more hugs than there are bite marks… Hopefully.

Tips for you this month:
If your child is being aggressive or violent while playing, it’s important to stop them immediately. Let them know with simple words in a calm voice that violence is not allowed. If they don’t calm down, then remove them from the situation if you can. It’s really important not to respond by shouting at them (even if that’s your first instinct). They are watching the way you react to situations and will use this to develop their own behaviour. If you notice a pattern of violence, try to get to the bottom of it. When your child has calmed down, bring up the incident and talk through it with them, to find out if there is something that can be changed to prevent future incidents.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Make sure your child is getting enough exercise – either with you (long walks are a good way to tire them out) or at their nursery or pre-school.
  • Make sure you have these top 10 things your child should take to pre-school.
  • Find a restaurant that is child friendly and go out for a family meal.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
Don’t blame yourself or think you are a bad parent if your child is having tantrums or acting out. But don’t blame your child either. Try to learn what the triggers are, and the best way to deal with them in your specific situation. Your child is unique and what works for others may not work for them.

Curious about next month? 
Click here to find out what happens next month… And the month after.

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