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Your 4-year-old now
Pronunciation difficulties are still common at four. For example, is your child still saying "torry" instead of "sorry"? Many children don't master the initial s and z sounds until age 7 or 8. Other sounds that can cause a problem: f, v, l, r, and sh. Usually the culprit is immature control of the muscles used to form sounds.
While you may think his baby speech is cute, don't say so to your child or mimic his pronunciation. He may stick to it even after he doesn't need to. Don't correct his words, either. You don't want to make him any more self-conscious than he may already be. Simply model correct speech.
Lisping occurs when children push out their tongues when forming an s instead of letting their tongue rest behind their teeth. Most children outgrow lisping eventually. But if your child's speech makes him unintelligible or prompts teasing from other children, you may want to see a speech pathologist. In general, the younger a child starts speech therapy, the better the outcome.
Your life now
If it's been way too long since you had an evening out with girlfriends, send out an e-mail and get it on your calendar today. And if there's an activity, whether it's shopping, jogging, or attending a book club, that you once loved but have let fall by the wayside, it's time to work it back into your life. The old saying is true: You have to fill your own tank first.
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