Parenting Tips for 3 Years of Age
Your child is 3 years old, this is age of excitement for parents for different reasons: the child is being prepared to attend a school environment in most cases. At the end of 3 years, the child is expected to learn to "control expelling urine and feces at will." Toilet training becomes a major issue, especially because of the demand of nursery school that the child be trained before they can attend the institution. This is the age at which parents need to be careful not to make excessive demands on toilet training if the child is not ready. If the parents push excessively by punitive measures for failing to achieve toilet training the child may choose to delay and hence control the parents. This is the age at which the boys begin "father's characteristics," and girls try to identify the mother's social values. This is age characterized by the child developing "mental powers of choosing and deciding." Child starts to develop autonomy, which needs to be facilitated and properly directed by parents. The development of behavioral characteristics at this age is explained by the way the child is wired, the parents and care takers respond to the child, social interactions, and information processing, which are heavily influenced by how much time the parents take to teach the child.
Injury Prevention for 3 years of age:
- Play supervision: supervise play with age-appropriate toys.
- Watch for small parts: they increase chance of injury.
- Pay attention to stoves, heaters, hot foods, matches, etc.
- Prevent drowning risks for 3-year-old-children : never leave alone in pools.
- Observe car seat precautions: always use them with appropriate size for age.
Parenting tips of hygiene for 3 year old children
Hygiene measures are very important for parents to observe and to teach the children starts at 3 years of age. At this age, parents can start measures for toilet training. Children are very different in achieving readiness for toilet training, and it is important for parents not to push strict toilet training techniques as it will invariable delay achieving the goal. Brushing teeth on a regular basis in the morning and before bed should be instituted. The last drink at night should be water, if they drink milk or juice, it needs to be followed by a small quantity of water. Leaving any sugar in the mouth at the bed-time will lead to tooth decay, and dental caries. Strict practice of dental hygiene will save a lot of money and misery in the future. Dental caries are the most prevalent preventable condition in early childhood.
Parenting Tips for Nutrition at 3 Years of Age
One of the most common worries of parents of 3 year old children is the worry that their children are not eating enough. It is very normal for children at this age to slow down in the perception of quantity food they consume. Be reassured that they are getting enough food – just make it available to them, do not push them to eat. The following key points are important:Encourage healthy snacks, such as fruits and vegetables.Avoid snacks with carbohydrate-rich snacks.Add vitamins.Encourage feeding self and avoid-spoon feeding. Well-meaning parents, often worried that their child is not eating enough, have a tendency to push food into the mouths with a spoon. This probably helps to reduce the time spent on the table, and the parents may have time to take care of other pressing needs. There is a problem with that, the children do not learn independence, and may expect others to feed them for a longer period of time.
Development and Behavior at 3 Years of Age
Parent's knowledge of development and behavior at 3 years of age is an asset in development of personality of the child. There are significant changes in the emotional development which are noticeable at this age. This is the for development of imagination. There is at times a confusion between reality and fantasy. 3 years is the age of pretend-play. Child at this age starts imitating actions of others around. This is the age of interaction and play with other children.3 years old
Speech development at 3 years of age:
Speech develop becomes a matter of concern for many parents, we need to know that development of speech varies widely. The following could be expected:
- Child should respond to his or her name by this age.
- Child should be able to speak.
- Child should be able to combine two words.
- Child should be able to ask simple questions.
- Child should be able to understand body parts such as eyes, ears, and mouth.
Behavior at 3 years of age:
One key feature of a 2-3 year old is the development of self: they basically see things at their own point of view. Not sharing toys with other children is a very common behavior. At this age, most of the children are ready to move on from the crib to a bed. They develop verbal and listening skills and begin to learn rules. Resisting rules becomes a common reaction. They may use words to express their needs often in 3-word sentences. Temper tantrums, breath-holding spells, head-banging, thumb-sucking, and whining are common expressions of resisting rules.