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Your 5-year-old now
Your child's creative output is probably starting to become more recognizable now — both pictures and letters. You can thank improving dexterity for this. A 5-year-old can usually grip pencilscorrectly and can form both straight and curved lines. This helps her to make letters properly. Thick pencils and crayons are easiest to manipulate. Two key ingredients to writing are knowing what letters look like and practicing making them. You might want to create a little writing nook with a child-sized table and chair, along with plenty of writing tools and paper. The larger the paper, the better. Children aren't ready for lined paper until they have more control and write all of their letters about the same size.
Your life now
Tantrums fade as your child learns to better control herself, physically and emotionally. It also helps that she can pay attention for longer periods and follow directions.
As she probably reminds you daily, though, it's a process. When she's angry with her sister, she may still smack her. Remind her of the techniques she has at her disposal to soothe her irritated soul. Breathing, physical activity, and using her words can all help her manage her anger. And they make handy tools for keeping your cool, too.
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