Some things you can try

  • Keep giving them lots of affection and attention.
  • Be clear about what you expect from them.
  • Encourage them to try lots of different things.
  • Give them little jobs to do so they can feel important and responsible.
  • Praise their efforts when they try hard.
  • Stay calm and loving when you have to discipline them.
  • Support and encourage them to work out their own solutions to problems.


Visit the Parenting Resource website for more child development information on four year olds.