With so many developmental and social delays in today’s youngsters, our children must stay on their toes to spot difficulties with our grandkids. And as grandparents, looking from the outside in, we’re in a great position to help evaluate each grandchild’s progress.
I had my parent’s first grandchildren. And although I generally knew what to look for as my little girls grew, the watchful eyes of my mom and dad were a big help.
It was my dad that noticed my three-year-old could count pennies. And my mother noted how specific my two-year-old was becoming. If you put a plate of cookies before her, she carefully looked them over and selected. Both were news to me.
I believe that as parents who are busy and spending lots of time with our children, we may miss things that are readily seen by others. If you have a grandchild 3-6 years old, check out this short list of developmental milestones. Your extra pair of eyes may help your children see some amazing abilities or areas in need of help.
- Shows motivation and curiosity about other children and activities
- Will calm with the help or redirection from an adult
- Has a desire to please those in authority
- By age 3: Uses I, me, you, we and us in a proper manner. Speaks in three-word sentences. Can use plurals like apples, toys, and birds
- By age 4: Can count to 4, name 4 colors, and can follow a 3-step command like pick up the blue crayon, put it in the box, and bring the box to me
- By age 5: Can count to 10, knows his or her telephone number and can answer “why” questions
How is Your Grandchild’s Physical Development?
When my grandfather evaluated my children, he would ask, “Can they hold a fishing pole?” If they were potty trained, could stand or sit on the bank of a lake for a few minutes, and hold a pole. If they could, they were eligible for an afternoon with gramps.
How are your grands doing physically?
Physical development ages 3-6
- Is growing normally according to pediatric guidelines
- Has 20 primary teeth by age 3
- Sleeps 11-13 hours each night
- Can run, jump, throw and kick
- By age 3: Can draw a circle and a person with three parts. Starting to use blunt-end scissors
- By age 4: Can draw a square, dress self, and handle a fork and spoon correctly
- By age 5: Can draw a triangle, spread with a knife, and is learning to write his or her name
If you see any possible difficulties, discuss them with your children. If you see achievements celebrate them.
Life is precious and it’s wonderful to catch each grandchild’s milestones.