4 Year Olds – I love this age

I have loved every age that my daughter has been. Watching her grow and develop has been amazing, although challenging at times too. It has thrilled me to see her learn something new, whether that was her first smile, clap, walking, talking or recognising things and everything else in between and still to come. Just the watching a human being develop is amazing and to think that she is my child too. 

Recently, I got to thinking that this is an awesome age. 

  • Communication is getting better, so conversations with her are better, more meaningful and interesting. 
  • Her world is great. Recently, she actually thought that Ocado just knew very cleverly to bring her favourite soup to us. 
  • She’s funny and is trying to tell jokes. It lovely to laugh with her. 
  • She can now count to 20 with out missing 12 and 13 out anymore. 
  • She’s helpful. Whether that’s laying the table, putting the odd dish in the sink, helping to tidy up, carrying a bag of shopping from the door to the kitchen. It’s a start!
  • Sometimes she’ll get dressed whilst I’m in the shower. The clothes have already been agreed on and are left on her bed. 
  • We can play board games together. 
  • She will ‘read’ to me. 
  • I get the best hugs. Sometimes a bit too tight for my liking!
  • Her drawing is getting better and better. I can almost recognise what she has drawn but an explanation is still needed sometimes. 
  • She makes up her own songs. 
  • We sing to songs on the radio together. 
  • We bake and cook together. Just like I used to do with my mummy. 
  • She can swim a swim lane width and remember to bob up for air. 
  • Starting to get the hang of pedaling her bike. 
  • She appears to be well liked at nursery. Always a pleasure for a parent to know that their children have friends – we bumped in to a friend at M&S, I had not heard of this girl, but her mummy said “She talks about her at home.” Aww. 
  • She is more willing to try new things these days. 
  • She has already started lying 😬 Welli, the soft toy moved some jigsaw pieces. This shouldn’t really amuse me. 

Now this is not one of those happy social media, everything is perfect in my world posts. She gets very stroppy when she’s tired. She thinks she knows best sometimes. She can be very stubborn when she wants to be. 

That said, it’s nice to remember all the great moments of an age, and to remember, when you have a challenging moment, that there are a lot of amazing, special moments in between.