McKenna Preschooler Summary: 3.5 Years plus 5 Months

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Playing with Brinley

McKenna is almost four years old!

EATING

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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. 

SLEEPING

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. 

PLAYTIME

Nothing interesting to report here.

SIBLINGS

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. 

OUR SCHEDULE

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

12:00–Lunch

1:00–Nap

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

4:30—TV Time 

5:30–Dinner

6:00–Family Activities

7:00–Get ready for bed

8:00–Bedtime 

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4 Comments

  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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McKenna Preschooler Summary: 3.5 years (plus 4 months)

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One day, the girls decided to have a beach party. They set out towels, got out the swim goggles and flip flops. They were soon in swimming suits, also. We turned on the Beach Boys. They had a fabulous time. And I thought they were crazy because it was -5 below. I turned the heat up so they wouldn’t freeze in their swimming suits! They had a grand time though.


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EATING

Eating continues on as it has been.

SLEEPING

This month, there has been an interesting thing about naps. When McKenna sleeps for her nap, she is super emotional for the rest of the day. If she doesn’t, as I mentioned last time, she is happy as can be but mischievous  So I wonder…which is preferable? I am not sure.

I have started putting her down for naps earlier most days. Brinley is up into the afternoon, so I will put McKenna down at the same time as Brinley since their rooms are right next to each other.

PLAYTIME

McKenna is a person who is pretty much always moving. She will sit down and sit still for books and she does enjoy to sit and do art projects and learning activities. Other than that, she is a mover.

Her favorite days are days that there is no school for Brayden and Kaitlyn. When it is just her and I at home, I do some playing with her. Her favorite thing to do with me is to play with playdough or to play board games. 

BABY SISTER

McKenna is incredibly good with Brinley. When Brinley cries, she does her best to help her be happy. She never complains about the crying. She is patient and calm, which is great since she sits by her in the car. 

McKenna also has no problem with Brinley scratching or grabbing her. She lets Brinley grab at her face and hair and just laughs. The other day Brinley got a fistful of hair out of McKenna’s head, and for the first time McKenna said, “Ow!” Then she laughed and told me Brinley pulled her hair out. Then she said, “Oh well. At least hair grows back!” Wow.

PRIMARY

The first Sunday in January, McKenna went from the nursery at church to the primary. I am told she is good, but I have observed that she has a hard time staying seated…which isn’t shocking if you refer to my “playtime” section above. The primary president told me she isn’t a problem–that she always obeys when they tell her to sit back down. While I am grateful for their patience, I will be working with her to try to get her to a point where she will control herself and stay in her seat when she is supposed to. I don’t want her to be a distraction long-term. When I verbally talk to her about it all, she knows all the right answers. She knows what she should be doing. I think she just needs some physical practice to get better at the task. Perhaps she also needs some maturity. I know it isn’t asking too much of a child her age to do this, though I also think it is harder for her individually than it was for Brayden and Kaitlyn at this age. 

OUR SCHEDULE

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

12:00–Lunch

1:00–Nap

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

4:30—TV Time 

5:30–Dinner

6:00–Family Activities

7:00–Get ready for bed

8:00–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,Ā 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 theĀ AboutĀ page. Follow her onĀ Facebook,Ā Pinterest, andĀ InstagramĀ for more tips and helps.

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