What It’s Like to be 4

We’re well into 4 and I am finding it a very interesting age. He’s so fully formed – his mind, phsyically he’s able to pretty much what he wants, personality, and social skills. He’s aware and for the most part, on his game.

Shame. This week was school photos. I asked him to wear a red hoodie (love this kid in red) and it was just a regular hoodie – with a football on it. Apparently, somehow this elicited the response of “the other kids will laugh at me” in a very sorrowful voice. Now, if had sad, I don’t want to wear it – on it would stay. But, a red hoodie as a source of shame? Off it went.

Literacy. According to his teacher, he’s on the cusp of reading. I think it would be so neat to teach a kid to read, I envy them. We’ve not been pushing it because we don’t want it to be a “thing” but it is a BIG thing that is super exciting. I look forward to his progress.

Field Trips. Montessori allows fied trips at 4 and riding the bus is a big, big thrill. On his first field trip, he went to an apple orchard. The pride he showed was something else. I used to bring him to school and make him do the walk of shame – all the other kids would be lined up in their red field trip shirts and Nathanael would have to walk by them on his way to the classroom. But, NOW, N’s a field tripper and officially a “big kid” in his room.

Competitive. I like that Nathanael is competitive – I want him to be a competitive but I also don’t want him to yell at his best buddy “you’re not my friend” when he loses. Not cool bud, not cool. I talked to his teacher, apparently – amongst the 4 year old boys being a sore loser is an epidemic. Who knew?

Words Hurt. Last week he told me several times that he didn’t want me to be his mommy anymore. When you’ve got so few tools in your arsenal of angry, well – he picks a good one. I almost started laughing at him. But, a cranky, pissed off 4 year old doesn’t want to be laughed at and it just sort of takes the drama up a level, who knew?

No Napping. We are pretty much done napping and it’s going well. Fridays can be a bit tough but, for the most part, it’s going well.

We are off to get the costume for Halloween. Spiderman was in the lead but it appears Transformers (not sure I’ll let him go there) and Captain America are dark horses.


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