Friday, October 14, 2005
Herzlichen Gluckwünsch zum Geburtstag!
Y o u r 3 - Y e a r - O l d
Hello from BabyCentre!
Congratulations -- your little one is now three! More fun is in store for you now that she's no longer a baby. She's probably already holding her own in conversations, running and jumping like an athlete and she will soon write her full name. She's developing more sophisticated social skills and knows how to take turns or join in with others. Before you know it, she'll be cracking jokes, (usually the same joke several times a day for days on end), remembering entire songs and even reading. Although she'll soon be saying goodbye to toddlerhood, rest assured that life won't be boring with her around.
Your Toddler's Development (35 to 36 Months)
By his third birthday, your pre-school child can probably put on his T-shirt, draw a vertical line, and balance on each foot for a second or more. He might even be able to prepare a bowl of cereal for himself.
Runs and jumps without a thought
Many of your child's basic movements have become second nature. He no longer needs to focus energy on walking, standing, running, or jumping. Some actions, like standing on tiptoes or on one foot, might still require concentration and effort.
Focuses for longer periods
The amount of time your pre-school child is able to focus on one activity has increased dramatically. This, along with his more sophisticated social skills, will allow him to play more structured games with others, like tag.
No more daytime sleeps
By now your child probably needs only a short sleep in the afternoon, if any at all. Still, you might find that scheduling a quiet, restful time in the afternoon — whether he sleeps or not — can be a calming part of his day. At this age, he has a need for privacy, and time to relax alone during a busy day can help him feel settled and at ease.
Becoming interested in what's inside someone else's trousers is a normal part of growing up. Try not to react with shock or horror if you find your child in the middle of an anatomy check with another child. Just let him know that penises and vaginas are kept private. Then steer both children towards another activity. They'll probably be relieved, since they already have some sense that the game they were playing is taboo.