Early Childhood

Why? A thousand times a day: why?
Curiosity drives them, and experimentation
and imitation are the methods they use to
seek their answers. They will take things
apart that you can't, put together things
that won't go together, and play with
things they were told not to. Walls will
be crayoned or dry-erased. Tents will
be built, Lego's will be everywhere.
They know the stove is hot, but they
might try to make jello anyway. Their
hands are increasingly nimble, as are
their minds. It is a wonderful time.

• Evaluate toys for appropriateness
carefully. Your child may be frustrated
by a toy requiring more dexterity than
he possesses. Your hall of fame child
will not be able to hold a full sized
football effectively.

• They will wander away from you in
the store. When you find them and
scold them they will think you are
crazy, then they will either cry or
have a hissy fit, or both. Remain
calm. Hug them.

• As they approach kindergarten, teach them their address and phone number, what is 911 and how to call, and what to do when they are lost (stay put).

• Teach them safe social behavior and the early parts of taking care of themselves when separated from you. Part of this is location and situational awareness.

• Start teaching them about fire, how to get out of the house if need be, and where to go. You need to know too. Perhaps a neighbor could be introduced as a safe place.