In my very first year of blogging I wrote a post on the characteristics of three (and a half) year old behaviour. The post has now been shared over 10,000 times on Facebook!
The reason the post has been shared so much is because 3.5 year olds can be a little challenging and it is so comforting to find out that other parents are finding it that way too!
3.5 year olds can be so challenging due to the developmental stage they are experiencing – a stage of disequilibrium. Disequilibrium is the half year period before a child’s birthday, (in this instance from 3 1/2 until 4 years old) where children are confused, emotional, temperamental and may have difficulty completing tasks that they previously have easily accomplished. They then move into phases of equilibrium where they seem to have “got it all together”.
In this episode I share the key characteristics that 3.5 year olds have and some ideas on how you can manage them. You can read the original post this episode was based off here – characteristics of three (and a half) year old behaviour.
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Your Three Year Old: Friend or Enemy by Louise Bates Ames.