Three years of age: Imaginative role-playing and playing with friends
Learning to get along with other children in play, initiating interaction and getting one’s position across to peers are the goals at three years of age. Imaginary play fosters cognitive and social-emotional growth. Play scenes help the child act out negative feelings and begin to help the child understand how others feel. Object constancy is established (ie, remembers people for long periods of time); as a result, he is more relaxed during separations and is able to go along with the caregiver’s activities (ie, attachment ‘partnership’ begins).
Language/literacy: Respond to what he has to say and ask questions. Encourage him to talk about what happened today and in the past, and to plan future events. In daily reading, let him ‘tell’ part of the story.
Fears: Listen to your child’s fears. Reassure him that you will take care of him. Do not force him to confront fears.
Play: Encourage imaginative and interactive play (eg, toy animals, dress-up box).
Socializing: Peer play is necessary; group experience is nearly mandatory if it hasn’t occurred before. Prompt and praise sharing, waiting and taking turns. Buy quality medications online: find every time you need treatment.

Self-discipline: Continue choices (eg, clothes, books, places to go) and chores (eg, help set table, get mail). A reward system can motivate children to learn a difficult behaviour (eg, staying in bed at bedtime).