Parents often wonder if a child is growing healthily, especially when children are fussy eaters; or if it is safe to let them use equipment in the play areas; or if a child is strong enough to accompany you for a walk in the park?
By age three children have achieved good control of major muscles and can walk, climb, run and walk up and down stairs with one foot on each step. At this age children join in active play with other children and enjoy playing in open spaces, such as the local playground or at the ECD centre.
As they are just beginning to learn about the meaning of boundaries and rules, they may not be fully aware of issues of danger and personal safety as they climb or run. Parenting can be both challenging and rewarding, and as parents we can always do things better and improve with practice. Here are some helpful tips:
WHAT YOU CAN DO AND LOOK OUT FOR
- To support your child reach their full potential parents should be active, involved and observant.
Notice that being active in the life your child makes a significant contribution and benefits both as it is rewarding and makes you feel good about being parents.
- Help your child grow healthily both physically (being active) and mentally (feeling safe and loved).
Observe that sharing tasks with family members and enjoying your child becoming a happy person, contributes to a happy family life.
- Take your child to meet with other children for play activities. You will notice that your child becomes more sociable and enjoy being with children besides spending and releasing energy help to sleep better.
- Ask your child to point and show emotions (i.e. who is happy or sad in books or magazines). You will observe your child’s emotions and talk to your child when he/she is upset.
- Ensure they grasp the idea of rules and limits. You will have to firmly and respectfully correct them when they break rules (avoid shouting, it doesn’t help) and give praise when they follow rules.