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3 years 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:
  • Finding out if your child is left or right-handed.
  • Walking upstairs with alternate feet.
  • A three-year check-up with a paediatrician.
  • Making time to play together.

How your pre-schooler is developing:
Your child is now out of the terrible twos. Phew! Your three-year-old will continue to develop and grow in amazing ways: sentences will get longer and more complex, they will ask and answer (hundreds of) questions, and they might even start listening to you… Although that can’t be guaranteed. Three-year-olds learn by exploring and playing. They are better at focusing than younger children and become more methodical in their approach to problems. They also enjoy longer books and more in-depth games at this age.

By now you will be able to tell which is your child’s dominant hand. It will be the hand they automatically pick up crayons with and use to throw a ball. As your child’s movement gets more controlled, you will see them trying to go up and down stairs with alternating feet. Up until now they probably had to put both feet on each step, so this means their speed just doubled. How are those eyes in the back of your head?

Tips for you this month:
As your child becomes more capable and able to communicate, you might find yourself expecting a lot from them. Try to remember that every child develops at their own rate, and although they might be able to form adult sentences, they don’t have adult reasoning.

This is the perfect time to have fun with your child as often as you can, in as many creative ways as possible. Playtime should be a priority: it is the best way for children to learn and build relationships with family and friends. Dress up, make things together and build camps where you can read and play games. The added bonus of playing with your pre-schooler is that you can be in touch with your own inner child as much as you like.
This month’s To Do list:

  • Take your child for a six-monthly dental check-up.
  • Buy some age-appropriate arts and crafts tools.
  • Find out about nurseries and pre-schools for your child to attend.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
Try to resist correcting your child when they do things by themselves. If they make their own bed, don’t remake it in front of them (no matter how untidy it is) and if they dress themselves, encourage their creativity (no matter how crazy the combo might be!)
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