Your 4-year-old: The name game

Your 4-year-old: The name game

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Your 4-year-old now

Children's names are very special to them. In fact, your child's name may be the first word he learns to recognize and read. Around age 4, he'll probably start to show an interest in writing his name, too. (Kids with short names have an advantage here, but even those with longer names will probably try.)

At some point, they recognize certain letters as belonging to their name, or being "theirs." They might even get pretty proprietary; many children think the letters belong solely to them. "Hey, that's an S. That's my letter!" Sam might say when he sees Stella using it to write her name.

At first, your child may recite the letters as he writes them. Most children start out drawing letters randomly over the page. They may not look as if they're in sequence, but he's probably writing them in order, just not in a straight line.

Help him practice by printing his name in large letters on paper and having him trace over it with his finger or a pencil or crayon. If you laminate the paper, he can use a highlighter to trace his name, erase it, and try again.

Your life now

When your child is sick with a fever, you likely know it even before you reach for a thermometer: Your bundle of energy may be oddly quiet and listless. Much as you might hanker for a quick cure, remember that most childhood fevers are caused by viruses and won't respond to antibiotics. Don't expect to be handed a prescription if your doctor decides the illness is just a cold or even an ear infection. Administer lots of TLC and liquids. Talk to your child about how strong his body is and how it's busy fighting off the sickness. Enjoy the temporary need for extra cuddles and care. Your child's increasing independence will make those moments fewer and farther between as he grows.

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