Gaining ever more independence and ever more attitude, your 5-9 year old is learning more about the world and her place in it. Guiding children through this stage of big social and emotional developments has its challenges, but seeing them grow into compassionate, caring people is so rewarding. You’ll miss playing together. Before long, they’ll move on from playing toys and be interested in “big kid” things. You’ll miss being so needed. You’ll miss their contagious excitement. You’ll miss wrapping presents from Santa and playing the Tooth Fairy. You’ll miss these last few years that they’ll fit on your lap. You’ll miss being number one in their world.
Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the author of 3 books. Her newest book, Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, will be released on June 7, 2016 and is available for pre-order now. The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting and a co-authored book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early Childhood are both best-sellers in their categories on Amazon. She is the grateful mother to 2 boys.