-what does your 5-year-old do all day?
She plays with her brother and friends, she asks a lot of questions, creates elaborate play stories and games, and begs me to take her lots of places.-does your 5-year-old play alone?
Not often, but she has a 4-year-old brother. We did have a Mama-Daughter day recently and she wanted a lot of my undivided attention then. She's very much a firstborn that way.-favorite toys?
I'm not really sure. She's much more interested in people. She plays with chalk and paint, the cotton doll she's had since she was a baby, workbooks and coloring books, games.... I can't think of any particular favorite, though.-do you allow tv? if so, what are some favorite shows?
We do allow TV. Well, Netflix. We avoid the rampant advertisements you find on TV and just watch shows by DVD instead, without the commercials. She's partial to Caillou, Angelina Ballerina, The Last Airbender, and pretty much any kid-appropriate Hayao Miyasaki movie ever made.-does your dc dress himself/herself every day?
She's a fashion kid. She's been expressing a strong opinion about clothing since before she was a year old. She's been dressing herself without much help since she was 2. At this point, she has some trouble tying bows behind her back, but that's about it. I keep being surprised when she does a zipper or button on her back without asking me to do it for her. (Man, did boys luck out there with buttons and zippers. They're always in front!)-is your dc reading or interested in learning to read?
She's expressed an interest on and off for a couple years, but is just now starting to have enough confidence to actually do a little reading. I'm not pushing it, but we're getting a ton of books from the library and reading together every day just so she has the chance to try if she wants.-is your dc agreeable? cooperative? oppositional? flexible? open to new ideas/experiences?
She's generally an agreeable, cooperative, flexible kid who seeks a lot of social time. Five has ushered in a phase of snottiness that I'm not too fond of, but from what I understand, it's entirely normal at this stage.-does your dc have any potty issues (forgetting to use bathroom, wetting bed, etc.)?
No. We went through a couple months of needing to remind her to follow all the steps of pottying when she turned 5 -- wiping, flushing, washing hands, etc. -- but that's normal. Pretty much every 5-year-old I've encountered has hit a phase of pushing the hygiene boundaries for a while. She got a mild UTI for a couple days, we talked about how that can happen, and that was the end of that phase.-how are dc's eating habits? Picky? Experimenting with new foods?
Oh so picky. She'll still try new foods, but we must now accompany this great sacrifice with a wide range of Calvin-like facial expressions.
I haven't catered to the pickiness because she literally changes her mind about what she'll eat from minute to minute. I can't keep track of it, so I don't. For a while we let her make a peanut butter sandwich when she didn't like what was for a meal, but she started making a big thing out of it, and it became an issue with her younger brother (who has some sensory issues, so we really want to encourage him to continue to try new foods and eat the ones he already has), so we decided to ask her to eat at least three bites of everything on her plate instead. The theory we gave her to work with is that sometimes the tongue forgets what it likes and you need at least three bites to remind it that a food really does taste good.-what are some fun things you do together with dc?
I'll do messy time with the kids. Shaving cream, beans, dry oatmeal, ooblek, etc. We'll take out bins and scoops and just get messy for a while, then hose off in the kiddie pool. We also garden together and read a lot of stories together. DH takes them for bike rides and does break time with them. He brings home abandoned electronics from work and they take them apart and see if they can fix them or turn them into something else. When they took apart some speakers, we had fun putting different objects (beans, beads, an orange) on the speaker insides and seeing if we could make them dance with sound vibration.