Brinley Preschooler Summary: 4.5 Years Old {Plus two months!}

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If you ask Brinley how old she is, she will say “Four and a half!” That half is very important to her. This is a summary for Brinley from the time she was 4 years, 7 months old to 4 years, 8 months old.

SLEEP

Sleep is the same as it has been. 

EATING

Eating is good. Some days for a meal, she only eats vegetables. Somehow that fills her up enough for the next meal. She had a lot of days this month where she ate very little for a lot of meals. This is something that would stress me out when Brayden was a toddler and preschooler, but by this point in my parenting life, I don’t even worry about it. 

Part of my not worrying about it is if she comes to me an hour later and wants another meal or wants lunch to happen at 10 AM, I calmly tell her it isn’t time to eat yet. If she responds that she is SO HUNGRY then I tell her she is hungry because she didn’t eat enough at the previous meal.

What I don’t want to do is perpetuate a cycle where she eats a bit, and only a bit because she has other things on her mind she would rather be doing, and then come get a little snack an hour later, then another snack and hour after that. I worked too hard when she was a baby to not create a snacker to turn her into one now. 

That isn’t to say she never ever has snacks. She just doesn’t snack all day long.

Often times, she eats very little at a meal because she just isn’t hungry. At those times, she doesn’t come asking for more food later. She does at times, however, eat just a little because she is eager to go play instead of eat. I want her to know she needs to eat meals at meal times.

FREEDOMS UPDATE

Last time, I told you about her having too many freedoms and me cutting back. She hasn’t even asked for those freedoms back. I intended to give a lot of them back, but she has been so nice and calm and not asking for them (along with not so emotional throughout the day) that I have held on to those freedoms. Perhaps the too many freedoms was adding to her high range of emotions. 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

She registered for Kindergarten! It was such an emotional moment for me. She was so very excited. She went with the teacher, and when the teacher came out she told me Brinley did great. I then told her that she is a late summer birthday and the teacher jumped in and firmly said, “She is ready.” I didn’t want her to know her time of birth before she screened her because I didn’t want there to be any sway or bias when she was with Brinley. Her confidence in Brinley being ready helped me feel even better about sending her. 

This has not been a decision I have taken lightly. I have literally been thinking about it since I saw the positive pregnancy test and calculated her due date. If you know me well, you know I have been pondering, analyzing, praying, and researching this thoroughly. She is only two months behind Brayden in the year, and she is a girl. So I knew there was a good chance I would end up sending her. I had some difficult decisions socially, though, because literally all of her friends on our street and at church will be in the grade younger than she is. All but one are 1-6 months younger than she is, but don’t meet the cutoff date. That was my biggest hangup. Kaitlyn, however, is the only girl her age on our street and in our church. There are only a few kids her age even in her grade. And she has a lot of great friends. The first day of Kindergarten was the only time I felt like it was a little hard for her as there were lots of children who knew each other and of course paired off to play while she was the ‘new girl.’ She didn’t mind and it was never upsetting to her, but while I saw Brayden with a friend on day one and McKenna with a lot of friends day one, it was a noticeable contrast. 

Anyway, I could go on and on about this, and believe a post about the topic is coming your way. 

SCHEDULE

Here is what was pretty consistent for non-school days:

8:00-8:30–wake up/get ready/eat breakfast
9:30–play with siblings
usually independent play for an hour in between now and lunch
12:00 –lunch. Then play.
2:30–Rest Time
4:00ish–Get up up. Play PBS Kids on the computer. Then dinner and family time.
7:00–Get ready for bedtime
7:30 or 8:00–Bedtime


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Brinley Preschooler Summary 4.5 Years Old {Plus one month!}

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This is a summary for Brinley for her first month as a 4.5 year old (so 4.5 plus one month).

SLEEP

Sleep is great! She rarely naps these days, but has rest time pretty much daily. An interesting thing is that she must have rest time if I want a happy child in the evening and the next day. Even though she doesn’t sleep, that rest time is super important for her.

EATING

Eating is great. She eats well overall. She doesn’t like everything she ever eats, which is fine. There are many days (especially soup days) when she declares that she does not want to eat what we are having for dinner. We tell her that is fine but this is the only option for eating.

My way of handling this situation is to be calm. “That’s fine. You don’t have to eat it. You will get hungry, but you will be okay.” 

She doesn’t want to be hungry. She always eats at least enough to keep the hunger at bay. She often finds it easier to eat foods she doesn’t like if someone spoon feeds her. So she at times asks for help, and either my husband or I help her get that food in her tummy. 

EMOTIONS

Four year olds are emotional beings. This first month past 4.5 has been the calmest yet! There has been a lot more giggling and steady happiness rather than the roller coaster of emotions I have grown accustomed to. 

PRESCHOOL

Brinley is still loving preschool, and she is dying to go to Kindergarten. I have actually been able to jump some hurdles with her with the idea of Kindergarten in her future.

She has never, until this month, been willing to use a public toilet unless I held her in place. This stems from a fear of heights. I told her she had to be able to use a public toilet if she wanted to go to Kindergarten. That motivated her! She now uses it no problem. Kindergarten has been a great motivational tool.

TECHNOLOGY FAST

It became apparent to me that there was too much affinity for technology in our home. Because of this, we did a week-long technology fast. Brinley was the most attached to technology of any of the kids. I gave them a week warning about the fast and it went really well! I think we will do that more often, perhaps even monthly. 

DENTIST

Brinley had a dentist appointment this month. She did great and had no issues. Back to her fear of heights, her biggest difficulty with the dentist is always having to lay on the seat, high off the ground. I always have to stay right by her and hold her hand.

TOO MANY FREEDOMS

One day as we were choosing her clothes, she had a major fit over the shirt I wanted her to wear. I realized she had too many freedoms. Because of that, I took her right to choose what she wore away for a week. That was a few weeks ago. She hasn’t had a fit about a shirt at all. The other day, she asked me for permission to wear a certain shirt. It is the first time she participated in the choosing of what she wore. I was happy she asked and didn’t demand. 

SCHEDULE

Here is what was pretty consistent for non-school days:

8:30 or 9:00–wake up/get ready/eat breakfast
9:30–play with siblings
usually independent play for an hour in between now and lunch
12:00 –lunch. Then play.
2:30–Rest Time
4:00ish–Get up up. Play PBS Kids on the computer. Then dinner and family time.
8:00–Get ready for bedtime
8:30 or 9:00–Bedtime


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valplowman

Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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