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PARENTING TIPS

PARENTING TIPS

Three Years

At three years old, your child is very interested in the world around her. You can help her explore and keep her safe.

Playing Together

Talking with your child helps him feel like an important part of your family. Listen to what he says, and ask him questions about what he thinks.

  • Take your child to the library and let her pick out a few books. See if there are any programs for your child to participate in at the library.
  • Play outside. Practice throwing and catching a ball.
  • Ask your child to tell you how an object feels (soft, sticky, hard, rough, or furry).
  • Play games. Talk about the importance of taking turns.
  • Start a playgroup or have a play date so your child can play with others his age.

Keeping Your Child Healthy

Time for those regular doctor and dentist visits.

  • Your child will need a three-year checkup with the doctor. The doctor will make sure your child is growing well and check your child’s blood pressure. Your child may need shots.
  • Your child will need regular dental checkups every six months.
  • Help your child brush his teeth two times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • When you brush your child’s teeth, look for white or brown spots.
  • If you don’t have health insurance, contact the Children’s Health Insurance Program at 1-877-543-7669 (1-877-KIDS-NOW) to find out about low-cost programs.

Keeping Safe

Three-year-olds are good climbers. It’s important to keep an eye on your child, and keep dangerous things out of reach.

  • Keep all medicines and cleaning supplies out of reach.
  • Do not leave your child alone in the house, car, or backyard.
  • Do not let your child cross the street by herself.
  • Make sure play equipment is secure to the ground. Make sure furniture is moved away from windows.
  • Keep the trash inside a latched cabinet or in a place where your child cannot reach it.

Watch Your Child Grow

Watch for your child to:

  • Enjoy pretend play and playing with friends
  • Have short but understandable conversations
  • Draw a person with two body parts
  • Use a toothbrush
  • Get dressed with your help
  • Ride a tricycle

Pre-Kindergarten

Your child may be eligible for free pre-kindergarten at age 4 (some schools enroll children when they are 3).

  • Pre-K helps children prepare for school by improving reading, writing, and social skills.
  • Find out more at www.prekindergartenprepares.com.
  • You can also contact your neighborhood school for more information.