There’s something about age 4. We’ve moved past the terrible twos and the threenager phase. He’s not quite a big kid, but he’s well past toddlerhood. He’s in pre-K now. He’s independent (when he wants to be). He has a robust vocabulary and will talk to you about everything and nothing at the same time. And I’ve noticed some key personality developments in my son that have come with this new 4-year-old stage of life.


Recently, we’ve had some family members with health issues, and I overheard my son comforting his adult aunt, asking if she was OK. He also recognizes when someone isn’t feeling well or might be blue and attempts to comfort them as much as a 4-year-old can. 


One of his favorite people (and mine) is his 99-year-old great-grandmother. As her hearing and sight aren’t what they used to be, he knows to speak loudly and even help guide her walker. 


“This is taking so long” could be one of his recent favorite catchphrases. The drive to anywhere, whether it’s five minutes or an hour, is just too long. And if we are going somewhere and get delayed walking out the door? That might just be the end of the world for him.


Many have said our son is the perfect mix of my husband and me — and that’s for better or worse. He is sharp with a quick comeback in the correct context — for a 4-year-old, this must mean he’s listening to the adults around him. He’s funny, and that makes moments where we shouldn’t laugh (but want to) a challenge. 

Every week it seems as if he’s coming up with a new idea or phrase that takes me by surprise — those, “Where did he learn that?!” moments. And I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Courtney Medlin
Courtney was raised a Navy brat, growing up in Washington, South Carolina, and Virginia before her family put their roots down in Florida. She studied at Loyola University New Orleans earning her degree in communications PR with a minor in English, and she earned her master's in marketing from SNHU. She moved to the Boston area in 2008, where she met and married her partner-in-crime, John. Mother of Jackson, 5, and stepmom to two 16-year-olds (boy and girl) and dog mom to Riley. Courtney is raising her family with a love of the outdoors, scary movies, and lots of laughs. Courtney works corporate communications/marketing/pr and lives on the South Shore. She has a passion for cooking and traveling. She volunteers her time as a Gold Award advisor for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and serves on the planning gala committee for South Shore Health. She loves days that start with a latte and end with champagne.