Parenting a small child comes with lots of joys and plenty of challenges. Your best and worst qualities are often brought to the surface as you undergo experiences that stretch your emotions to what sometimes seems like the breaking point. Because of this, you may occasionally end up feeling like a not-so-good parent, and blame yourself for everything that’s going wrong.
Relax. No parent is perfect, so try not to be too hard on yourself. Just remember that there are many changes going on within and around your preschooler. It helps to enter their world for a while, to get a better understanding of their thinking and how they comprehend life around them.
First, you need a clear picture of where your preschooler is at in terms of development. The following post looks at this in depth:
What You Need To Know To Be A Good Parent To Your Preschooler
Inside: Knowing the massive amount of development and growth your preschooler is undergoing will help you not to personalize their behaviors, allowing you to be the calm, steady leader they need.
The preschool years can be tricky business. Our tiny toddlers are beginning to resemble actual grown people. They’re starting to sound more like them, too.
Heck, we can even legitimately “hang” with them now, due to their budding sense of humor and ability to engage in semi-normal conversation (even if the subject matter is Paw Patrol).
Then, somewhere along the way, while enjoying these new qualities and rejoicing in their newfound ability to occasionally wipe their own bottom, we mistakenly start to believe they should be able to do all of the adult stuff. Read more at Parents With Confidence…
Take it easy and let your child go through the stage she is in. Have expectations, but ensure that they are neither too high nor too low. That way, she won’t get discouraged about matching the standards you set, and this will help her become more responsible.
Like most parents, you may be anxious about your preschooler’s social interactions with others. Will he have the ability to control his emotions and be the kind of pleasant person everyone wants to be around? The following post describes how you can help your preschooler do that:
How to Help Your Preschooler Handle Emotions and Avoid Outbursts
Preschoolers may look older than toddlers, but in spite of their expanding vocabulary and growing independence, they can still feel overwhelmed by strong emotions like anger, sadness, fear, and anxiety. “Their brain is growing at a rapid rate and their emotions don’t always keep pace,” says Katie Hurley, a child psychotherapist and author of The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World.
However, researchers at Arizona State University found that kids who could handle challenging emotions were more resilient and better at paying attention at home and in school. And a study from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro linked kids’ emotional regulation with future academic success, including higher math and reading scores. Don’t expect your kid to get the hang of it instantly. Backsliding is inevitable at this age, but you can offer the tools to help get those emotions in check.
We live in a stressful world, so the sooner your child is able to gain emotional intelligence, the better for him. This will guarantee that he develops the essential coping skills he’ll need.
Perhaps, another way to help you better understand your preschooler is by entering her world for a moment. The following post describes a typical day in a preschooler’s life:
A day in the life of a preschooler…
Parent: “What did you do in school today?”
Twelve years ago this conversation might have sounded like this:
Parent: “What did you do in school today?”
Preschooler: “I played with the blocks, and painted a picture and sang some songs and played dress-up and read some books and played with play dough and went on the playground and had a snack and danced with my friend and saw a butterfly and counted to 100 and learned about the letter C…”
Parent: “Did you have fun?”
Preschooler: “YES!” Read more at SSC Music Blog…
The importance of fun in your child’s life cannot be underestimated as part of the crucial developmental ingredients. Making learning fun is therefore very crucial for the healthy development of your preschooler.
At Spanish for fun! we embrace play as a core element of our learning strategy. And as our name suggests, we offer a Spanish immersion program that teaches children the Spanish language and culture in new and fun ways. This provides them with the proven, life-long cognitive benefits of being bilingual along with a high level of cultural awareness that expands their worldview.
If you are searching for a preschool that will offer your child a safe, loving environment and an educational jumpstart, Spanish for fun! is your best option. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Wake Forest campus. Call 919-881-1695 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.