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Obviously I know each child is different, etc., but I also know there are things that are true to each age-group. For example, growth spurts happen around 6 weeks and children are testing boundaries around age 2 and so on. I'm wondering what are some "characteristics" of a five year old girl.<br><br>
My dd will be five in December and seems to have gotten progressively more "dramatic" and teary in the last month or so. She's always been very sweet and eloquent, albeit feisty at the same time. She is big on her independence but very attached to me (I know that sounds like an oxymoron but it's true). Lately though she tends to burst into tears at the slightest frustration and get very bossy and dramatic if games aren't played just how she wants them to be or if things don't go the way she wants.<br><br>
She has recently gained a new baby sister (end of September) and has been AMAZING with her. She doesn't show any signs of jealousy and is really helpful, etc. I know it is a big change in our lives though.<br><br>
She is still overall sweet and wonderful, but this latest drama makes me wonder if this is "normal" for a girl turning five.<br><br>
Can anyone give me an idea of what their child was/is like at this age?
 

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no girls, and no 5 yos yet, but you might want to check out 'your five year old' by ames and bates (i think?). they have a great series of child development books.
 

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I have a 5 yo girl too! It's been a good year. She started in school in September and has made the transition very well. I TOTALLY get what you mean about very independent/attached. I've never pushed it. She still much prefers if I stay with her at birthday parties, for example; if she doesn't know lots of the kids, she acts shy for the first little while. By the end of the party, though, she's made half a dozen new friends and scored a playdate. That's my girl!<br><br>
She has a boyfriend, her second so far. Her last one was in preschool and I NEVER hear his name anymore. The little boy she hangs with now is a real sweety and I like his mom, too. It'll be sad when they break up.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
This year, she's really into 'crafting.' I'd say she's very average in that department, though I love her work and watching it develop. I try to keep lots of art supplies on hand.<br><br>
She has never liked dolls or "playing house" or anything. She is very active, though not hyper. She is really good at gymnastics and will climb the monkeybars for hours.<br><br>
She has always loved books, but has found efforts at reading very frustrating until recently. I don't know if it's school, but she seems to be more interested in trying to sound stuff out now.<br><br>
I do hear things like "no fair" and "you never" more frequently now, over not much sometimes. It's more of an irritating whine that passes fairly quickly, but it can be frustrating.<br><br>
But generally, I have always found dd an easy, delightful child. She loves to go out, has interesting stuff to say and is always up for trying new things. She gives everything her best. I always say she "perfect for me," because I'm sure she would drive some people nuts. She has a lot to say and is a bit precocious, which not everyone finds charming. I do feel like I need to rein her in a bit at times. I feel she's often just shy of obnoxious and could easily become the class clown. But her teacher described her as an "angel" at the parent/teacher interview. I was pleasantly surprised!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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