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I can hardly believe that Jack will be four in just a couple of months from now.
I think I’ve been so busy with the arrival of Charlotte that the reality of him growing up a little bit more has failed to dawn on me until recently.
He is no longer a toddler and in reality, he’s going to be a school-aged child in just over a year.
When on earth did I become old enough to have a school-aged child?!
All of that aside, he has grown up so much over the last 3 months. We are constantly amused by his quick wit and logic.
Keep reading to find out Jack’s schedule and summary.
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- 7 am DWT (Desired wake time)
- 7:30/8 am Breakfast
- 8:45-10 am Independent Playtime
- 10 am Snack
- 10:15-11:30 am Freeplay outdoors
- 11:30 am Tidy toys
- 12 pm Lunch
- 1-3 Rest time (Read more about this below)
- 3 Snack
- 5:30 Dinner
- 7 Bed
Jack hasn’t had a nap in a very long time now. We’ve officially moved away from nap time and have rest time in place instead.
The only time he’ll nap is if he is sick.
Otherwise, he has 1 hour (1-2 pm) where he is allowed to play quietly with his toys while listening to an audiobook.
Then, from 2-3 pm he is allowed to watch something on the iPad.
This combination of events seems to be working really well. He doesn’t get the iPad at any other time of the day so it is always a novelty for him.
I also made sure that the toys he plays with during rest time are exclusive to that time. That helps him not to get tired of them.
Jack is growing in independence, which is wonderful.
He is so much easier to parent in the sense that he is able to brush his own teeth, go to the toilet independently, and for the most part, get himself dressed.
The only issue that comes along with that is teaching him what he is and is not allowed to do independently.
“But, I can do it!” is a phrase that is often heard.
And my response has to be, “I know you can, but this is something only Mama and Daddy should do.”.
Setting boundaries is the name of the game at present.
We try to have conversations when appropriate, but it is also important that we teach Jack that sometimes you just have to obey even without an explanation.
At the end of last year, I wrote out some ‘house rules’ for our family and coupled them with Scripture.
This year we have started to really focus on them and memorize the corresponding Bible verses.
I’ll be writing a post that goes into the entire process, so check back for that at a later date.
As I mentioned above, we’ve been working on some Scripture memorization.
I’ve been blown away by how quickly Jack was able to learn our verse for January.
He was able to recite the entire verse without prompting by day three.
I haven’t done any active ‘schooling’ with him and don’t even intend to broach that until closer to age six.
However, Jack knows his numbers really well and is starting to grasp his letters as well.
Shapes and colors he’s known for quite some time. Nowadays he likes to refer to colors as ‘light green’ or ‘greeny-blue’.
I’m not sure where he learns it all, but he’s obviously doing great.
Of course, Charlotte joined our family in October (read her birth story –> here) and Jack became a big brother for the second time.
When Annie was born, Jack was only 18-months old. Practically still a baby himself.
Because of that, he didn’t pay all that much mind to his little sister.
However, with Charlotte it has been so wonderful to see how he interacts with her.
He’s obsessed and loves her so very much.
I’ve often caught him talking to her and telling her that she likes him because he’s her big brother.
He’s actually been a big help to me as well. Whenever she’s fussing and I can’t get to her, he will happily chat with her or give her her dummy.
It has been a wonderful bond to watch and I can’t wait to see it continue to deepen and grow over the years to come.
Christmas this year was very exciting in our home.
Both Jack and Annie were old enough to really catch onto the excitement.
I wondered how Jack would do with all the gifts. We have lots of family and so our children are showered with presents.
I am obviously thankful for their generosity, but I also want to make sure my children are always appreciative and don’t just expect things to be gifted to them.
Anyway, Jack did remarkably well.
He often wasn’t interested in opening the next gift because he was so enamored by the one he had just been given.
May he always have that sort of appreciation and attitude!
Things Jack’s Been Loving
Dinosaurs are Jack’s favorite things at the moment.
He was given a great big T-Rex for Christmas and it has been going everywhere with him.
Everything is compared to it…even God on occasion.
“Is God as strong as a T-Rex, Mum?”
I love his sense of curiosity.
Aside from dinosaurs, cars, trucks, and anything else that has a motor or wheels continue to keep Jack occupied for hours at a time.
He was given a wooden train track set for Christmas from his great grandfather and that has been a hit.
Finally, for rest time he’s been playing with his Magnatiles.
They’re such a great item to have in your child’s toy collection.
I didn’t want to get him any lego until he has his own room and can keep everything in one place. Magnatiles seem to be a happy compromise in the meantime and they don’t get lost nearly as easily.
Until next time!
Hi! I’m Christine. I am a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!
Motherhood has always been my passion and blogging has only added to that and given me a creative outlet to share about the things I love.
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I have a heart for mothers that feel as though they are just existing from day to day and are longing for more. You can find out more about me and my family over on my ‘About Me‘ page.
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