Social Skills: 4 year old

Your child interacts regularly with friends and acquaintances. She may even have chosen a "best friend." Usually -- but not always -- the chosen child will be of the same sex.

Your child's peers will begin to have a real influence on her behavior. If, for example, her new friend has possessions or privileges she doesn't -- like, say, cool sneakers, or more TV time -- don't be surprised if your 4-year-old starts demanding the same.

Most of the time, your preschooler can be counted on to share and take turns. She understands simple rules and, when playing in a group setting, usually obeys them.

Make-believe play grows more sophisticated. Instead of just acting out "house," your 4-year-old may opt to play "fire station," "candy store" or "circus."

When playing in a group situation, one child usually emerges as the leader. She will assign roles to the rest of the kids -- usually saving the best parts for faithful followers.

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