What is 4-5 Years Syndrome in Children? How to Cope?

The difficult period is over at the age of 2, the crazy period of at least 3 years has passed, and now there is something called the 4-5 year old syndrome. “There was no such thing before, are they deceiving us?” You may be one of the many mother-to-be thinking. Or you’re trying to understand why your 4-5 year old is acting so “weird”.

What is the psychology of 4-5 year old children, does the child have a syndrome, how you should treat him, we told you all.

What is the 4 year old syndrome?

In fact, it is not possible to talk about a period that we will also refer to as 4-year-old syndrome or 5-year-old syndrome. The psychology of 4-5 years of age is the same in almost every child, and some specific behavioral patterns that we call 4-year-old syndrome symptoms are caused by the developmental characteristics of children. Well, let’s examine the behavior and psychology of 4-year-old and 5-year-old children together.

  • They want to act independently, on their own.
  • They are stubborn and egocentric.
  • They become aware of their own sexual identity and the opposite sex.
  • They constantly imitate their peers and others. They are aware of the perspectives of others and can evaluate it.
  • Their peers socialize, play symbolic games, and share toys.
  • They have come to the capacity to learn the rules and limits.
  • They are ready to go to kindergarten.
  • They are very inquisitive, constantly asking questions and talking.
  • They can be angry, aggressive and stubborn.
  • Can criticize what mom, dad, and kindergarten teachers say. They may oppose their elders and even use swearing, insults and bad words.
  • Lying in children begins at this age. He lied and asked his parents, “I wonder if he can understand what’s on my mind?” they test it with thought.
  • They can make imaginary friends . They can express their feelings and thoughts through their imaginary friends. Abstract identities such as ghosts and monsters also enter their lives at this age.

Is the psychology of a 4-year-old boy different?

Generally the same but 4-5 year old boys have a large increase in testosterone hormones. These hormones, which increase especially after the age of 4, can cause anger and aggression in boys.

Psychology of the child in 4-5 years old syndrome

All these “syndromes” may not be in every child. In addition to the age periods spent in terms of child development, the influence of the family and the environment may also invite such depressions or syndromes.

In general, the period called 4-5 years old syndrome or depression, as we mentioned above, is when children are stubborn and say “No!” It’s because they are fond of saying.

As a mother, you or your spouse may interpret the fact that your baby, who once needed all your love and care, no longer listens to you, as being ignored.

Another situation is when children start kindergarten at this age. Going to kindergarten means a long break from home and from you, the safe mother, for the first time. This can cause separation anxiety in many children.

We told you that your child can make imaginary friends. He may express his anger or fear towards you and his father through his imaginary friend. For example, he might say that his imaginary friend did it when he broke the vase while playing at home. It’s normal to have imaginary friends at this age. If it does not go away in the following periods, you should take your child to the specialist.

How to overcome 4-5 years old syndrome?

How to treat a 4-year-old child so that this period can be overcome without a crisis as much as possible?

  • Don’t set strict rules. Make rules, but don’t impose heavy penalties.
  • Don’t compare your child to other children.
  • Of course, the most natural way to deal with the 4-year-old syndrome is love. Show your love to your child, not just when he cries; hug during the day.
  • Don’t yell when you have a tantrum. 4-year-old syndrome can cause crying attacks, try to suppress these attacks calmly.
  • Explain to your child why some rules and boundaries are necessary while they are calm. Explain by giving examples why you can’t do whatever you want for your own comfort and that of others.
  • Be consistent as parents, do not argue in front of the child on issues on which you do not agree.
  • Educational games and toys are very useful in this period as they are prepared according to the age groups of children.
  • Don’t react to every move she makes to get attention. Ignore some.
  • Appreciate your positive behavior and kind words.
  • If things are out of control, you can take your child to the pedagogue. However, these periods are usually overcome when a positive and loving attitude is displayed. Have some patience.
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