Making friends and developing social skills
You might notice that your child starts to have ‘real’ friendships for the first time at this age. At around 3-4 years old, children begin playing cooperatively with one another (as opposed to playing alone, or just alongside others).
Your pre-school child still needs lots of support from you to ‘play nicely’ though, and you may feel like a peacekeeping force at times!
Although we think of tantrums as part of the ‘terrible twos’, 3 and 4 are still prime tantrum territory! They’re a perfectly normal part of life as your children tries to assert control over their own life, and will gradually subside as their communication skills and understanding develop.
Learning to share
When children are very small, they naturally believe that life is all about them, and they’re the centre of the universe. It takes time for them to ‘get’ that give and take is the order of the day, and learning to share is a huge milestone for many children in this age group.