What can you expect from your 4-year-old?

April 2, 2010 7:59:48 AM PDT
If you're a first-time parent, you have an only child, or your children are spread apart age-wise, it's not easy to know or remember what each age brings. Is your child over stimulated, too sedentary, too talkative or low in concentration... you won't know if you don't have a touchstone for comparison. That's why Chip Wood's book, YARDSTICKS: CHILDREN IN THE CLASSROOM, AGES 4-14, has proven invaluable to me as a parent. Wood is a former teacher, principal and founder of the Northeast Foundation for Children. I plan to take each age, one week at a time, to explain what's a normal energy and activity level at home and what your expectations should be when your child starts school. I hope his benchmarks will be just as helpful for you as they were to me.