Why 4 Year Olds ROCK

Okay I’ll admit, as a mom I wasn’t as crazy about the baby years and toddler years as some moms are. Maybe because I had a toddler and two babies at the same time. Or maybe it’s just because having two kids the same age makes everything harder. Whatever the reason, those first few years just weren’t for me…they were HARD. This whole 4 year old time has been my favorite so far.

I remember when Ethan became a four year old, and then again when the twins turned four. Everything just got, well, a little easier. And more fun. And less stressful.

When my kids turned four, they became more independent…more curious…more inquisitive…more opiniated. I got a real sense of their personalities and senses of humor.

Mia sitting on her blankie and coloring, while wearing a mini skirt and her bling flip flops. She's 4 going on 16.

Mia sitting on her blankie and coloring, while wearing a mini skirt and her bling flip flops. She’s 4 going on 16.

To sum it up, they became more like little people than big babies. They start saying and doing things that surprise you and make you laugh. Sometimes you’re mortified by what they say or do, but it’s still memorable. For me, 4 year olds just rock.

Here's why one mom of twin 4 year old girls is loving this age and some of the reasons why. 4 year olds rock!

And I’m excited about doing so many things now that they are little girls and not “babies” anymore. We can go places without (too many) fears of tantrums and flip outs. We don’t have to lug around huge diaper bags and coolers anymore – if they need to go potty we go. If they’re hungry we find something to feed them. Going out and about – whether for a few hours or a few days – isn’t hard anymore!

For example: we’ve taken the kids on vacations before. They’ve been camping in the Sequoias and boating on the river. We have done mini-vacation weekend trips and have even considered our first “big” family trip. Fun? Yes. Work. TOTALLY. But this summer we’ll be spending a trip in Palm Desert, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Why would I be looking forward to staying at a hotel for 7 days in 100+ degree heat? Because the kids love being in the pool. They’d love nothing more than spending entire days around the pool, playing and eating snacks (we are staying at a resort and there are a million other things to do, too.)

Getting ready to swim at Knotts' #SoakCityOC this past weekend.

Getting ready to swim at Knotts’ #SoakCityOC this past weekend.

And when they’re done, they’ll ask to go back to the room to watch TV. Or if they get tired, they’ll ask for a rest. They can tell me if they want to read or play a game or play on the iPad. They can tell me when they are hungry or tired. I don’t have to try to guess or figure it out. It’s kinda cool.

And they are actively helping around the house with things that interest them. They all love to help Daddy and he’s very patient and good about letting them help.

Lila helping Daddy.

Lila helping Daddy.

Mia loves to help make meals and clean up the kitchen afterwards. Lila loves helping in the garden. Both girls love to clean. I score!

After planting these little flowers a month ago, Lila's been patiently waiting for them to bloom. Her response after I showed her today that they had?"Mommy! We made flowers!"

After planting these little flowers a month ago, Lila’s been patiently waiting for them to bloom. Her response after I showed her today that they had?”Mommy! We made flowers!”

They are starting to venture out to do things without me…

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I love when they say sweet things…like this one from Ethan (okay, he’s not four, but they all say sweet stuff like this!):

While getting ready for Muffins With Mom at Ethan's school, he asked if I was going to wear perfume. "I can if you want me to, but why buddy?" He answered: "Because you always wear perfume when you go on a date with Daddy and this is kind of like we are going on a date." Of course I wore perfume.

While getting ready for Muffins With Mom at Ethan’s school, he asked if I was going to wear perfume. “I can if you want me to, but why buddy?” He answered: “Because you always wear perfume when you go on a date with Daddy and this is kind of like we are going on a date.” Of course I wore perfume.

Sometimes they say or do not so sweet things too…

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They also say some really funny things. Like this one over the weekend from Mia that I tweeted about:

Or this one from Ethan:

Ethan made signs for the bedroom doors. Ethan wants to keep his sisters (the ladies) out of his room, and apparently wants to keep himself out of their room.

Ethan made signs for the bedroom doors. Ethan wants to keep his sisters (the ladies) out of his room, and apparently wants to keep himself out of their room.

I’m really loving all of their ages right now, and can’t believe that the girls are going to be five in just a few months. Those baby years I’m not missing. But I am already missing Year #4.

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Comments

  1. I too did not enjoy the baby and toddler years as much as the other moms. With my oldest I loved it when she turned 5, it was like everything finally clicked into place after turning five. So I’m really looking forward to my twins turning 5 in six months since I’ve already decided that history is going to repeat itself.
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  2. Yes! Now that they are more self sufficient and can SOMETIMES be reasoned with four has definitely been my favorite to date.
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  3. Four is a great age. That is when most of what comes out of their mouths is share-worthy. And everyone laughs, because they are FUNNY. In my opinion, all four-year-olds are comedians.
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  4. I also don’t enjoy the baby years as much as the older years too! Yay to find another mom who feels the same :). I mean, I cherish the baby rolls and the cuteness (I have a 9-mo old) but even with my 3.5-yr old’s tantrums, I like that age better. Interaction, no “need” to have a nap (a catnap in the car once a day suffices).

  5. Four was a difficult age in our house, because of circumstances, but the transition from baby to toddler to child was amazing to witness. And it just keeps getting better, in my eyes. Plus, your post reminded me of all the GOOD there was in that year that was so difficult for both my son and I.
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