Sometimes I take it for granted just how smart my 4 year old is. Her vocabulary is that of a 10 year old’s and some things that come out of her mouth make people just stare in confusion. Often I overestimate her, thinking she can grasp concepts that her mind is just too immature to understand. I see that she is smart and expect her to understand more than she actually does. For example, delayed gratification. No typical 4 year old that I know can understand the concept of waiting. It has to be their way and it has to be now. This is a normal reaction, especially when they see a fun toy on TV. Since my daughter is able to understand so much about the world around her, I always get taken back by the tantrum that follows a commercial when I say “not now.”
She also just can’t wrap her head around weather changes. This concept has been the hardest for her to digest. She doesn’t understand why she can’t wear a t-shirt to school when it’s snowing or why I wouldn’t let her wear a sweater in the 85 degree Florida heat last week. These are concepts that are so simple to us as adults, but children need more time to understand and learn.
What information is difficult for your little one to digest?
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