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Understanding 4-5-Year-Olds

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How do 4-5-year-olds cope with their expanding world? What makes the transition to school easier to deal with? Why are some children anxious and others confident? How can parents help them to manage sibling rivalry? In this book Lesley Maroni looks at the critical social and emotional developments that occur at this age, including issues of identity, friendships with peers and coping with illness and loss. The author also shows how 4-5-year-olds use play and imagination to come to terms with the difficulties they...
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Overview

How do 4-5-year-olds cope with their expanding world? What makes the transition to school easier to deal with? Why are some children anxious and others confident? How can parents help them to manage sibling rivalry? In this book Lesley Maroni looks at the critical social and emotional developments that occur at this age, including issues of identity, friendships with peers and coping with illness and loss. The author also shows how 4-5-year-olds use play and imagination to come to terms with the difficulties they face. Accessible and lively, the book provides valuable insights and a wealth of examples that will help parents, educators and carers to understand and relate to children at this demanding but exciting stage of development.

About the Author:
Lesley Maroni, MA, MPsychPsych, MACP currently works for West London Mental Health NHS Trust

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     7
Foreword     9
Introduction     11
Family Life     15
Life at home
Relationship with parents
Sibling rivalry
Imaginative play
Identity within the family
Emotional development
School and the Wider World     29
Starting proper school
Bridging the gap between home and school
Beginnings of friendships
Identity outside the family
Cooperative play
Competitiveness
Social Development     39
Real and make-believe
Development of curiosity
Gender differences
The beginnings of bullying
Loneliness versus being alone
Books and Reading to Your Child     49
Using books to address common fears
Good books to read to your child
Anxieties and Worries     55
Coping with loss
Obstacles to learning
Illness and other problems
Worrying behaviour
Moving On     67
The need for boundaries
Growing independence
Conclusion     71
References and Further Reading     73
Helpful Organizations     75
Index     77
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