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Your 4-year-old now
You can help your child wrap his mind around that tricky concept known as duration — how long something lasts. Being careful with your own language is a starting place. Parents often ask kids to brush their teeth for "a minute," which is a relatively short time. Then we say, "Give me a minute," while we're on the phone. That "minute" can stretch into ten or 20. Giving more accurate estimates helps your child develop his understanding of time.
Some other ideas:
- Ask your child to predict how long an activity might last. "How long do you think it will take us to walk around the block?" Provide a stopwatch to keep track.
- Use a timer for time-outs, but don't set it randomly. Explain exactly how many minutes you're setting it for. (One minute per year of age, or four minutes now, is the rule of thumb.) Use a timer to limit screen time, too, letting your child help set it.
- Issue fun time-related challenges. "How long can you hop on one foot?" "Can you find all the flags in less than a minute?"
- Explain time intervals involved in cooking or baking. Set the timer and watch through the oven window to see how long it takes cookies to bake.
Your life now
Are your child's closets and drawers overflowing? Four-year-olds grow so fast that it's highly unlikely they'll be able to fit into their current wardrobe this time next year. At the end of every season, comb through his clothes, pack up items that are outgrown now or will be next year, and offer the ones in good shape to friends or charity. It will be easier for your child to get dressed with less clutter to sort through. Bonus: This will leave fewer weather-inappropriate choices to bicker over in the morning.
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