Those of you who have read this blog for a long time know I rather disagree with The Gesell Institute book “Your Five-Year-Old” where five is seen as the golden age. To me, five actually can be rather quirky and some five year olds seem stuck back at four with exuberant, out of bounds behavior and still on potty words….or they can be forging ahead to the six/seven year change. Either way, it seems anything but golden to many parents I speak with.
I have been observing a group of five year olds recently and have noticed some interesting behaviors for five. For those of you with five year olds, do any of these things ring true for you?
- There is a big issue with birthdays – hard time with sibling birthdays, very sad indeed.
- The other issue with birthdays is that the older five year old/early six year old wants to play only with people of the exact age of the child herself. So, therefore, it is really concerning when a friend has a birthday and therefore obviously won’t want to play with the child anymore (“Because now Fanny Friend will be SIX!”) or the child doesn’t want to play with a child younger or older.
- Five is the height of nightmares, and usually the child will wake up and scream but can’t seem to get out of bed well or wake up well or go back to sleep well. The Gesell Institute does note that bad dreams persist until about age 8, with a lull at age 8 and then a rise again at age 9.
- Typically tensional outlets are at a low, but increase again around five and a half.
- Five is not an exceptionally fearful age, but six is full of fear.
- There is a rise in marked rise in appetite at four and a half to five…. Many of the children I have been observing seem to ask to eat all the time.
I have several back posts about the five year old that you may find helpful:
There are also many post if you use the search engine regarding the six/seven change.