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what do u let ur 3 yr old do?

sleep alone? how many rooms away are you?
pick out clothes?
take baths or showers?
allow her to play @ park by herself?
anything else?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Sep. 15, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • My oldest will be 3 in November. He sleeps upstairs in his own room, picks out his own clothes when he feels like it, takes a shower with me or a bath whichever he wants, plays outside by himself (meaning, i'm watching him out the window. We live in a very rural area on 5 acres, so no traffic or anything to worry about). He's not out of my sight at the park. He potty's by himself, eats breakfast or lunch by himself if i'm really busy...i dunno, what else does a 3 year old do? LOL

    Answer by MommaTurbo at 4:10 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Wow. Well, I guess I'm just overprotective because my 3 year old son is certainly not going anywhere by himself. He doesn't sleep alone. My hub works nights so my 3 year old son and my 2 year old daughter sleep in the same bed as I do. He can pick out his own clothes and dress himself. He prefers to take showers rather than baths and yes he can do this by himself now. He picks out his own snacks and can go get them when he wants. He has a say in what meals we eat.

    Answer by Katrina3016 at 4:10 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Our two and a half year old son:

    Sleeps in his own room &
    Plays in there by himself.
    Eats soft food by himself at the table. (I'm within earshot.)

    We don't let him take baths by himself because he can drown. He doesn't like showers.
    I let him play on our enclosed deck by himself. (I can see him through the kitchen window.)
    He doesn't go outside by himself.

    He can't dress himself yet, but he does take off his own coat and shoes/socks.

    Answer by 07upsydaisy at 4:15 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Every child is different and achieves developmental milestones at different rates but there are some guidances and important milestones that need to be monitored. If the reason for OP's question was a suspected delay I would be happy to provide you with a excel sheet that spells milestones by group ages, just e-mail me because I don't know how to insert files through CM's website. If the reason for the posting was a curious question kind of sharing with the world what can your child do than great, tell us all about it. And to answer to your question I let my 3 and a half year old son do as much as he can do by himself.

    He sleeps on his own bed on his own room by himself.
    He decides what activities we can do from a pre-selected variety of choices.
    He helps undress and dress himself.
    He never takes baths unsupervised, I am there playing with him
    He helps me with home chores when he want to (putting trash in trash can)

    Answer by bebita at 4:30 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • cont..

    He also puts his toys away after playing with them
    He is very loving and caring.

    Answer by bebita at 4:32 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • My three year old son sleeps in his own room. Takes his baths by himself, but I wash his hair and such right at the beginning. Picks most of his own snacks and can ask for them when he wants. Can get dressed by himself if he really wants to but thinks its much more fun to take his clothes off. Can help clean up with some direction. I wouldn't let him play in the park by himself, but once at the park he can run to his little hearts content. He has just stared riding the school bus by himself too, though I put him on and get him off.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:38 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • She sleeps in her own bed.
    Takes a bath by herself--she's always within sight.
    Plays out on our deck by herself (its fenced in so she can't get out)
    Plays by herself and puts her own toys away.
    Can take herself potty and get herself dressed, including picking out her own clothes, which is always interesting
    She helps unload the dishwasher and do laundry

    Answer by Lanasmom at 4:54 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • My 3yo has slept in her own room since she was 16 months (my other kids had their own room on a different floor from us since they were 6 months). It's across the hall from my room. She puts herself to bed including turning out the lights, dresses herself, does her chores (including keeping her laundry in the basket, toys picked up, dishes in the sink, helps empty dishwasher, carry in groceries, dusts, etc), she can make a PB&J sandwich if someone opens the jars, she can make a cheese sandwich on her own, she's been filling her own drink since she was 2, can take a bath on her own but I usually help her because it's quicker, plays outside with her siblings without me, rides her bike on her own, colors in the lines, draws people, builds super high towers for fun, plays by herself in various rooms of the house, uses the bathroom on her own without prompting. She's pretty independent and mature for her age.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 6:03 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • Anything my son can do by himself .. he does.. (except I don't allow him to play alone I am always within grabbing distance of him when we are at the park)

    He bathes himself, brushes his own teeth, cleans up after himself, picks out his clothes and dresses himself, makes his own food (atleast attempts to anyway), can fix his own drink when he's thirsty, etc etc

    Answer by KalebsMommee at 6:19 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

  • My 3 year old...

    ...sleeps with a brother, but not with me. (he never has)
    ...can pick out his own clothes, dress himself completely. starting to shower himself, brushes his own teeth, dries himself off, dresses
    ...plays in his room by himself, plays in our completely fenced in yard by himself (only if house windows are open...placement of house/fence/yard allows this to be safe)
    ...clears his own dishes from the table
    ...washes his own hands
    ...goes to the bathroom by himself
    ...rides a bus to preschool 5 days a week (1/2 days)
    ...own dirty clothes to laundry allowed to try what he wants (within reason) just to see if he can do it!

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:57 PM on Sep. 15, 2009

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