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Your 6-year-old now
Now We Are Six is a book of children's poetry by A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh. The title alone makes it a fun book to have on your child's shelf. But this kind of book illustrates some other interesting points about 6-year-olds:
- Sixes love poems because of the word play and repetition.
- They also enjoy nonsense words and onomatopoeia (words that sound like the thing they describe, such as "hiss" or "buzz").
- Kids this age are working to understand more about what "big people" do -- discoveries that make them feel both confident and confused. The poems reflect a child's increasingly complex world.
- Sixes have vivid imaginations. The characters in such poems include knights, teddy bears, and all kinds of fanciful creatures and situations. The familiar inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood are also here. Children this age cling to the comfortingly familiar as well as looking eagerly to new things.
- Six-year-olds still love being read to, even as they begin to master books all on their own.
Your life now
Strive to find a balance between thinking of your child as a "big kid" (which he is) and a "little one" (which he also still is, in many ways). Grant him more responsibility to make choices, get himself dressed, and the like. At the same time, recognize that he's not mature enough yet to be a master at things like self-discipline and self-control. He's still learning the ropes, and he will slip up.
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