Sometimes called the “magical” years of childhood, children aged three and four use their blossoming imagination, creativity, and spirit of exploration to help understand and navigate the world around them. The good times with your three and four year old will be great and you will often laugh out loud at what your child says and does. Temper tantrums and power struggles, however, are still normal. As your child becomes more independent, she may become overwhelmed by the wide world. Your love and guidance will help provide the support she needs to feel confident in herself and her abilities.
In addition to meeting the physical needs of your child such as food, clothing, and shelter, fostering your child’s mental health is essential to raising a child who will thrive and succeed. How your child interacts with the world, the relationships he establishes with family and friends, and how he copes with challenges are important areas of your child’s mental health.