While celebrating your child’s second year, you’ll start to really notice their growth and development– they start to walk, speak more frequently, and even express their feelings and opinions about their food, toys or other matters in daily life. So, what changes can you expect when your child is three years old?
Educational experts consider the child’s third year a vital stage, as it includes various developments on social and emotional levels. It requires great attention to your child’s psychological and physical health, as well as a focus on integrating them comfortably into their surrounding environment.
Perhaps the most important development you might notice is when your child starts to rebel against meal time, and starts to prefer playing instead of sitting on the table. Your child might clearly say “I don’t want to”. Despite their resistance, it’s important that meal time doesn’t become a battle. Try to encourage or entice your child as opposed to forcing them, and rest assured that your child will ask for food when they feel hungry.
At the beginning of your child’s third year, you will notice that his/her curiosity increases as they want to know everything. Remember that this is a good opportunity to teach your child about all sorts of topics, ranging from things like family and social relationships , colors and shapes, names of animals and birds, and other day to day aspects of life.
By this age, your child understands the difference between good and bad behavior; therefore, don’t compromise when your child misbehaves. We encourage that you follow the punishment method “time out- minute per year”, i.e. the child goes to the ” time out” corner for two minutes if he/she is 2 years old, three minutes if she/he is 3 years old and so on.
The child’s important social skills at this age include cooperation with family members, and the avoidance of anger and screaming as the only way to get what he/she wants. Emotionally, it is imperative to tell your child that you love them and be affectionate with them.
Finally, follow-ups of your child’s physical health are not only important for their well-being, but also for the development of their emotions and daily life skills. Physical check ups, in ensuring diet, sleep and other aspects of their growth are developing as they should, ensures that you are on track in developing their independence in other areas, like sleeping independently at a set time and getting adjusted to routine meal times.