A couple of weeks ago I was agonizing over the attitude and behaviors I was seeing from Devin (remember my blog posts??). One of the things I did about this was talk to my good friend, Kristen. Kristen is a top-notch Pre-school teacher and has owned her own Pre-school/Learning Center for 15 years (I also worked there for 5 years, so I may be a bit biased). Kristen reminded me that Devin's behaviors are quite normal for a 4 year old boy.
She also recommended that I read the book "Your Four Year Old: Wild and Wonderful" Since this book was published in 1976 (!!!) I was able to find a copy in this HUGE Used Bookstore I went to today. I only paid $1.99 for it (and I bought "Your Five Year Old" since they had that one too!). I started reading the book today and I LOVE IT!! The information/guideline/examples of behaviors is great (and accurate!). If anything, it has helped to reassure me that I am not the only one going through these issues with my 4 year old, and in fact the behaviors are quite normal.
I highly recommend this series of books written by Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D. and Fraces Ilg from the Gesell Institute of Human Development to anyone wondering about the behavioral development that goes along with their child's age.