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Letting a Three Year Old Dress Herself
As a former teacher with some experience in special education, I’m very familiar with developmental milestones. It’s been interesting to watch my kids grow up and reach different milestones.
Recently we’ve hit a new one with Carrigan. It’s one I wasn’t quite ready for, to be honest.
I’m not sure if it’s a difference between boys and girls, or if it’s just Carrigan’s personality. I know that one of the milestones kids should reach by the time they’re three years old is the ability to dress and undress themselves.
Weston was able to do this and Carrigan has recently shown us that she can do it as well. The difference is really just one thing. But it’s a major thing.
Weston didn’t seem to care much about what he wore. I could pick out an outfit every morning and he was happy to put it on. Carrigan is a different story.
It’s been an interesting adventure in letting a three year old dress herself. It gives me a glimpse into the future and that might be trouble! But right now, it’s a special kind of beautiful.
While we enjoy the way she’s learning to express herself and her personality through her clothing choices, I’m looking ahead to the developmental milestones she should be reaching as she gets closer to being four-years-old.
I still worry about her. Maybe not as much as I did when she was a newborn baby, but I still like to see her growing and developing. Each little milestone that she reaches makes me feel good.
As we head towards being four, Carrigan’s already met a lot of the milestones, including:
- Cooperates with other children
- Knows some basic rules of grammar, such as correctly using “he” and “she
- Sings a song or says a poem from memory such as the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or the “Wheels on the Bus”
- Can say first and last name
- Names some colors and some numbers
- Understands the idea of counting
We’re excited to see her learn and grow!
If you’re a parent looking for more information on your child’s development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program is an amazing resource. It provides comprehensive information about milestones from birth through age 5.
The website has videos to help you see what the milestones look like, information on what to do if you’re concerned about your child, and other support materials for both parents and caregivers.
Are you concerned about your child’s development? Want to know more age appropriate milestones for your child? Learn more by visiting the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” site.