McKenna Preschooler Summary: 3.5 Years Old plus 5 Months

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Playing with Brinley

McKenna is almost four years old!




McKenna’s interest in food is very low these days. She is much, much more interested in basically everything else. She pretty much eats barely enough to sustain herself it seems. She also much, much prefers fruits and vegetables over all other foods, so she spends most of her eating time and energy on those, which is fabulous, but I can’t help but wonder how she makes it to the next meal without carbs or protein to get her there šŸ™‚


I also often think someday I need to do a toddler/preschooler diet and exercise program. Eat very little and run from task to task all day long. 



I have started cutting nap time more and more. I didn’t love the either mischievous or emotional sides, so I decided to try no naps for a while and see if she could adjust. She is much better now that she has gotten used to no naps. She still has naps some days when I can tell she needs it. 



Nothing interesting to report here.



McKenna’s unending love and patience for Brinley continues to amaze me. She is also usually great with Brayden and Kaitlyn, so I guess this is one of her gifts and talents. I have observed, however, that she will often pull the “younger sibling” card with Brayden and Kaitlyn and start to cry to get her way. They both do not like crying and will pretty much give in immediately. 




7:30–Wake up and eat breakfast. Get ready. She then can play with siblings. 

9:00– Chores then independent playtime

10:30–Time with Mommy



3:00–Get up. Play with Kaitlyn. Learning activities.

4:30—TV Time 


6:00–Family Activities

7:00–Get ready for bed










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  1. J Isaac
    March 8, 2013 / 7:22 PM

    What kinds of chores does McKenna do? šŸ™‚

  2. Valerie Plowman
    March 9, 2013 / 2:48 PM

    She basically helps me with whatever I do. So she helps me sort laundry. She also helps fold laundry (it isn't pretty but it is accomplished). She helps me dust and pick up. She scrubs the bathroom floor. She makes her bed. I try to find something for her to do with whatever it is I am doing.

  3. rebekah
    March 9, 2013 / 5:59 PM

    More specifically, what is your nap policy with McKenna? Do you strictly make a judgment call based on how she's behaving and then go from there? Or do you always put her down for a certain amount of time but get her up early if she's not sleeping? My son is exactly her age and I know I need to tweak. Thanks!

  4. Valerie Plowman
    March 11, 2013 / 5:28 PM

    I like to do rest time daily so she always knows that is what she does. I like to check on the child after 30-60 minutes and get them up if they are awake, have then sleep if they are sleeping (unless the child needs a short nap). There are days she is super emotional and grumpy and I just let her know it will be a nap day and she needs to sleep before she gets up. Then she will sleep. She is my first child I can instruct to sleep, though–the other two it was more of a "they sleep if they sleep" thing. So Sundays she gets no rest time because of church and she is often emotional on Mondays, so naps are often required. Tuesday she is usually okay. Wednesday often needs a nap. I guess she is a every other day or every two days thing.

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