|Height____________ Weight____________General: This is the beginning of a wonderful, but very challenging new stage. At age 3 we are seeing the emergence of magical thinking. This ability to fantasize about an object or person affects your child’s emotional growth, play and fears. We begin to see imaginary friends and untruths. We also see the emergence of fears about the darkness, monsters and imaginary creatures.
Parenting: Discipline with love by using firm, consistent rules. “Time Out” can be an effective discipline technique at this age with 1 minute for every year of age as a recommended duration of time out. Whenever possible make the punishment reflect the offense. For example, “if you color on the walls, then you cannot play with the color crayons.” Generously praise your child for good behavior. Limit TV watching to less than 2 hours per day of good quality children’s entertainment.
Play: Reading remains one of the most important activities that you can share with your child and they are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Allow your child to tell stories using books and pictures. Children this age also enjoy imaginative play – give them some of your clothes and shoes to use as costumes. Outdoor play with riding toys, bats and balls are fun. Helping parents with domestic chores including cleaning, gardening and shopping is fun for your child.
Next visit is at 4 years of age.