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Your 4 year old: behavior and parenting tips

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08/20/14

Your 4 year old is discovering their independence. Honor their new found "freedom" by giving them choices within reason (like choosing between 2 suitable options you've picked).

They're going to test boundaries so try to be patient and consistent, as well as reducing meltdown triggers like hunger and fatigue by insisting on snacks/meals and naps.

Implement natural consequences and give warnings.

Encourage their curiosity with science and art experiments.

Give explanations whenever possible.

Aim for positive feedback, such as "catching them" being good listeners. Praise their efforts and successes. It's much easier responding to positive behavior than negative.

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