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Now They Are 4

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Your little baby is a real kid now. You probably can't count the ways he's been showing you that he's his own person. His small world is expanding, and he's ready to welcome the outside world — people and places — into his life.

The big themes in development at this age are:

  • Discovery: the "Who am I?" stage that continues on and off throughout a lifetime.

  • Role Playing: the "How and where do I fit in with the family and the neighborhood?" stage.

  • Gender Behavior: the "Boys do this and girls do this" stage.

  • Relationships: the friendship and play stage that becomes more complicated, more "grown-up," over time.

  • Increased Memory: the stage in which there's a buildup of new skills to write more, remember more, and tell longer stories.


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