Taking Care of The Delightful Three Year Old

Three is a delightful age. A child has greater self control, is friendly and cooperative and learning to manage social relationships.  Let’s follow him through a typical day.

what kids need at 3
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Frequently whines upon
awakening. May drowse
off after getting mother’s
help in toileting.
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Cheers up when fully
awake. Likes to frisk
around parents’
room and get
dressed with them.
.
Can put on pants, socks,
shoes, sweater. Able to
undress easily, undo
buttons but most can’t
button them.

 

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Appetite usually good for
breakfast. Feeds himself
skillfully, not much
parental help is needed.
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Will cooperate in
clearing the table,
tidying his own room,
if asked.
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Sometimes creates
imaginary playmates,
pets, or pretends
that he is an animal.

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what kids need at 3
.
Alternates between
pestering brothers and
sisters, and getting
along with them.
.
Learning to ride tricycle.
Likes to go marketing
with mother.
.
Requests favorite foods
(such as fruit, meat,
milk) when meal is
being prepared.

 

what kids need at 3
.
Gaining good control of
elimination. Frequently
has bowel movement
after lunch.
.
Willing to rest at naptirne,
but frequently does
not go to sleep.
.
Beginning to be able to
play with other children,
as well as beside
them. Has definite
choice in friends.

 

what kids need at 3
n
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Needs guidance when play
gets quarrelsome.
Aggressiveness
expressed in words
as well as actions.
.
Notices sex differences
and sometimes worries
about them. Questions
should be answered simply.
.
May handle genitals.
Can be quite matter of
factly distracted
from sex play.

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