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Let Me Introduce Myself Four Years Old

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child in sandboxLike all four year olds I can do almost anything! On this page you will learn about me and other four year olds just like me. Below are some of the many things four year olds can do. Some of the things we can do will amaze you, while other things will test your patience! All and all...I think being four is alot of fun!

Physical and Motor Growth:

Is very active, runs, jumps, hops, skips, climbs, throws ball.
Dresses and undresses self with little help.
Uses toilet without help.
Can use blunt scissors, large tools; can lace shoes, but not tie them.
Needs twelve hours sleep every day.

Emotional Growth:

Boasts, name calls, tattles. Shows temper by shouting as well as kicking and hitting. Has nightmares and fears. Understands many dangers.
When excited may need to urinate, or may have stomach pain and vomiting. Conscience begins to show in behavior.
Protects his or her self by inventing stories to explain behavior.

Intellectual Growth:

Asks many questions: Why? How? When? Guess what?
Tells tall tales, but does not understand the meaning of "lying".
Has a growing vocabulary.
Can count three objects.
Can draw a person with two part-legs and head.
Likes singing games and rhythm band.
Interested in death.
Enjoys birthdays and holidays. Can remember special events.
Can go on short errands without crossing the streets.
Conscious of differences in sexes.

Social Growth:

With grown-ups:

enjoys going on simple errands
less sensitive to praise and blame than when he/she was three
uses Mommy and Daddy as last word: "Mommy told me to do it."

With other children:

has strong need for friends
enjoys being silly and saying silly rhymes with friends
does some name-calling: "You're a fink? or You're stupid!"
likes to follow other children

Looking Ahead

Four year olds, difficult as they might be, do become calmer and more reasonable as they reach the age of five. Around 41/2, the child begins to be more "in bounds" for longer periods. He tries to sort out what is real, but he still gets mixed up between the real and the imagined. But as he approaches the age of five, the runabout improves his controls and gains many skills. And this, too is part of he process of growing up!

Ask Dr. Susan