Preschoolers: 5 Reasons to Love Them
You’ll be awed and amazed by your child’s ability to speak and do so many new things.
They Truly Speak the Sweetest Words.
A child’s ability to communicate grows exponentially from the age of three until the age of five. Preschoolers begin to speak in entire sentences and are better able to convey their feelings, answer questions more accurately, use new vocabulary, and say hilarious things. In contrast, a two-year-old typically employs “Tarzan talk” (“Want juice!”). More and more, they begin to show a knowledge of how the world works, rather than simply repeating what they hear.
Suddenly, they’re Flushed with New Talents.
When a child is this young, their fine motor abilities rapidly improve. Buttons, washing hands, and spoons are all things that children can typically handle on their own with minor assistance.
Whereas you formerly had a child who was reliant on you, your preschooler is now becoming increasingly self-reliant in various ways. Toys, clothes, and even dinnerware may all be cleaned up by a three- or four-year-old child. These aren’t things your preschooler should be doing, but he can help you out and make your life a little simpler.
They can read the emotions of others.
At this age, children begin to grasp and categorize their own and others’ emotions, enhancing their capacity for empathy. Ruby, the 3-year-old daughter of Leslie Aronson, was devastated when her mother was admitted to the hospital, and she was sent to live with her grandparents. Aronson wept as she saw her daughter in anguish. The moment Ruby saw her mother’s distress, she exclaimed, “Mommy, I’m OK. “I’m staying with Grandma and Grandpa.” “That jolted me into the realization that Ruby realized I was concerned, and she was trying to soothe me,” says the mother from Pittsburgh about the experience. As a result, it was an emotional experience for me.”
They’re Thrilled to Discover New Things
Three to four-year-old children are voracious consumers of knowledge. A child’s “why, why, why” phase is a way to learn about the world they live in. Even if you don’t know something, they’ll be able to pick it up on the fly. When Jaclyn Glatzer’s 3-year-old son Sam went to the doctor recently, the doctor inquired about his birthday. ‘March 11th!’ he yelled as I was going to interrupt and answer for him.” I thought, “When did he learn that?” “Mableton, Georgia,” replies Glatzer. In addition to learning the names of basic shapes, colors, and letters, your preschooler will also begin to read. He might be able to decipher the word “STOP” on a traffic sign or identify his name on a birthday card.
They’re Less Obsessed with One Another.
There’s good news if you’ve experienced your share of heartbreaking goodbyes: Another perk of this age is the ease with which couples can separate. Being away from their parents becomes easier for preschoolers. A child’s understanding of abstract concepts like time is likely to be the source of this. You may feel less terrible about leaving your child if she knows you’ll be back soon and can say goodbye more easily.