Why 5 Is The Best Age Ever For Kids

5 is the best age ever

I figured out why Zacharie is my favorite child. He’s 5.

I was reading a post by Black Hockey Jesus lamenting the loss of his 8 year old girl (she’s about to turn 9) and he mentioned that 5 is truly the best age ever for kids.

These are my last few days of having an 8-year-old daughter and I will miss her. Missing people is usually reserved for those who have moved away or died, but I tend also to miss the past manifestations of the people I love. I miss my baby girl. I miss the toddler. I especially miss the spunky 5-year-old (5-year-old kids are maybe the best kids of all time), and I will miss my 8-year-old too. But she hasn’t gone anywhere, you might argue. She’ll still be her when she’s 9. It’s the same person. But no it isn’t. None of us are ever the same. Not now. Or now. Not even now.

So how could my 5 year old son not be my favorite? I’ve been thinking about that comment, about 5 year olds and how this era of my son’s life that I’m experiencing now could possibly be the greatest few months of all time.

Zacharie looks so grown up (well as grown up as a 5 yr old can look), and yet he’s still so silly and young. Scientifically, kids stop being cute when they’re 4ish, but even at five years old, Zacharie still has that infectious, eager, enthusiastic, invincible laugh that just makes you want to devour him.

Here are some of the reasons why I think 5 is the best age ever:

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  • He Wants To Hold Hands 1 of 13
    He Wants To Hold Hands
    He's still enough of a kid to reach for my hand to hold when we walk to school.
  • Bad Ass Tattoos 2 of 13
    Bad Ass Tattoos
    A cartoon plane temporary tattoo makes him a tough guy.
  • Costumes 3 of 13
    Costumes
    He still will dress like this to go to the mall.
  • All His Teeth 4 of 13
    All His Teeth
    He hasn't lost a tooth (yet) so he's still our baby.
  • Still Can Cuddle 5 of 13
    Still Can Cuddle
    5 is probably the last age where he will be small enough to comfortable cradle in my arms like an infant.
  • Star Wars vs Peter Pan 6 of 13
    Star Wars vs Peter Pan
    He claps with excitement and begs for "High 5!" when I say that movie night will be Peter Pan, then the next day is building spaceships out of Lego and doing Darth Vader imitations in his play acting.
  • Thinks He’s So Smart 7 of 13
    Thinks He's So Smart
    He learns actual 'things' and 'facts' in his kindergarten class, and he is thrilled to act as a lecturer to his brother (and the family) about how things work in the world. He is so confident, and so naive at the same time.
  • Fearless 8 of 13
    Fearless
    At one minute he has no fear and is dripping in confidence, yet is still childish enough to have nightmares and believe that monsters live under their bed the next.
  • Rock Star 9 of 13
    Rock Star
    He's as comfortable in bright, clashing stripes and cartoon pandas as he is in skater-styled t-shirts with skulls and crossbones.
  • Will Try Anything – Once 10 of 13
    Will Try Anything - Once
    He still is discovering the world and hasn't settled in to a routine of likes and dislikes. From snowshoeing, to skiing, to rock climbing, he'll try anything you ask at least once.
  • Santa, Easter Bunny, Darth Vader 11 of 13
    Santa, Easter Bunny, Darth Vader
    They're all real. His imagination hasn't been totally destroyed by rational thought.
  • Loves His Brother 12 of 13
    Loves His Brother
    He's old enough to be left alone and can start to offer mild supervision over his younger brother at the train table or play room.
  • His Own Person 13 of 13
    His Own Person
    He wants to do everything on his own, but he still loves kisses and hugs from Momma and Daddy. He's becoming his own person, but he's still not out of the nest enough to think his parents are uncool.

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