Mr. K has been 4 for a few months now and I’m telling you 4 is very interesting…
K and his friend T at the park.
He’s beginning to value friendships. He really loves his friends and it’s fun to watch him interact. He has articulated liking different friends for different reasons. Each one of them have a place in his little heart. Gosh forbid we can’t make a playdate. (Cue MASSIVE meltdown…)
We have worked hard on not pushing back or being mean while playing. Nine times out of ten he is very good about telling someone “I don’t like that” and putting his hands up in the air and walking away instead of pushing or hitting someone who is being mean. However, if you start messing with his friends it is really interesting to see his little mind work. First he sees, then he tries to speak up for his friends, if the behavior isn’t stopped you can see him starting to get really frazzled as if to say “I know my mom says to walk away, but this isn’t okay!” Finally he will put himself in between his friend and start taking what the kid is doing to his buddy. Part of me is so proud of him for sticking up for his friends, and the other part of me wants to immediately jump in and resolve the issue. Pretty much the story of everything he does now. Letting him solve his own battles as I watch has been such a challenge for me, but I know it is so healthy for him. Over the past few months we have had less and less issue and I’ve loved watching him use his words to figure it out.
When it comes to brothers, I am not sure Baby D could have gotten a better one if he tried. While we are still working on “little brothers = little touches”, the first thing he does every morning is look for his brother. I love their love.
Being 4 has brought a lot more assertiveness. He likes what he likes. From wanting to dress himself, to only playing with certain toys for days and weeks on end – this boy is nothing if not independent.
Selfies – family style!
And yet, along with that independence he still needs his mama. He lets me know when he isn’t getting enough attention. I personally hope he never ever stops snuggling.
He’s nothing if not creative!
Have I mentioned he has started dressing himself? This particular day he only wanted one sock because only one foot was cold…
I love this little boy. He can write his own name now, and is very into learning how to draw certain things. (Although he gets frustrated very easily.) He is now starting to tell time and is working out the days of the week. Sometimes the wisdom that comes out of his mouth astounds me. He is very creative, very active, and very happy.
I look forward to seeing what else this year brings! He will be starting Pre-K in a peers program 4 days a week. He is so outgoing that this is going to be a great year for him.
I should also note – K no longer wants to be referred to as Squishy. Why must they grow up SO fast!
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