Today you are 4, and what a fun age this is! Just like your older brother, you are an easygoing kid. But you also are super high-energy, a characteristic that causes you to stand out from your siblings.
There is a lot of responsibility to being 4. You can’t crawl into Mommy’s and Daddy’s bed in the middle of the night. Well… Maybe just one more time, ok?
Big 4-year-old boys wear shoes with laces because they have big important things to do. Like running and sliding on their knees on the kitchen floor. Just please be careful not to knock your front teeth out like your big sister did!
When it comes to independence, you are far from the “baby of the family”. Your best bud is our 6-year-old neighbor, and you get along great with older kids. But you are still kind and gentle when littler kids are around. You refer to anyone younger than you as a ‘baby’, haha! But you’re still my baby, although I know I need to stop calling you that.
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For all your running and energy, you love to snuggle up with Mommy and listen to a story. You like dinosaurs, sharks, puppies, teddy bears, and playing with your sisters. At the end of the day, you love to be tucked into your little bed with your ‘small blankie’ that you’ve had since you were born. Once that small blankie is in your hand, you push your fingers through the holes in the crocheted patterns and instantly fall asleep.
You recently started preschool. It makes your Mommy so proud to hear your teacher say that you get along with the other children and participate in the activities. You came home from the first day of preschool with green paint all over your hands, face, and shirt. That’s when I knew this was a great place for you to be. Happiness abounds in a place where you can get your favorite color all over you while you play and create.
You already know a few letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Especially green, your favorite color (because it’s the color of Gekko from PJ masks). But I’m not pushing you to learn more than you’re ready for. This is your last year to play all day, and next year you’ll be in school.
Enjoy being 4, Johnny. I pray this next year brings you new adventures and new opportunities to learn independence. But don’t grow up too fast. I love you to bits and pieces. My little bear, my little tornado.