Enormous development and growth occur during this year. A child who can only scribble at her third birthday may be able to draw a circle with dots--a face--at her next birthday. Of course all children are individuals; they develop at their own pace. Skills and abilities change over the course of the year and not all children match every single item on the checklist when they turn three. The list gives you a very general sense of the direction your child is headed as the fourth birthday approaches. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.
Social And Emotional Development
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.