Spring is right around the corner and the trees and flowers are starting to bloom. Our children are doing the same thing!! Growth spurts, increased verbal skills and cooperative play is emerging.
Along with the growth in social skills, also comes frustration. Our Three-Year-Olds are beginning to move away from parallel play and starting to engage in cooperative play. They no longer have to work just on sharing toys and props, but now they have to work on sharing thoughts and ideas. Our older children begin to increase the complexity of their play scenarios.
It may seem as though they have regressed, when really they are taking on new challenges and need time to repeatedly practice these skills in order to master them.
The saying...“Take one step forward and two steps backwards” is really true. As parents and teachers, it is helpful to understand that when new skills are developing our children need our patience, comfort and yet still need good boundaries.