As a parent you give your children a good start in life—you nurture, protect, and guide them. Parenting is a process that prepares a child for independence. As your child grows and develops, there are many things you can do to help your child. This will help you learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life.
The greatest gift you can give your child is to be a good, supportive, and understanding parent. It is those who benefit from positive parenting who grow up with the right qualities and get ahead in life. Moreover, children learn from what we do and not what we ask them to do. Children are like little sponges, they are constantly watching your every move and reflecting on what you do or say. Even though your child seems young right now, what you say or do in front of them has a profound impression on their psyche and affects them emotionally as well as their mental growth. Good behavior on part of parents and doing the right things in front of kids can help to raise well-balanced kids.
A bit of humble advice-
Relax! Take it slow. Our kids will grow up to wonderful intellectual human beings. Do not stress out and don’t rush them over. Let them be themselves. Let them make mistakes and let them learn from those mistakes.
At this age preschooler’s loved words are “Why”,”How” and “What”. The answers to these questions need to be short, sweet and direct. In school they would obviously learn the science behind it later. Now the answers should be such that, they should get more curious and satisfied with the answers. Raise a kid with a big Heart : Raising a grateful kid in this greedy world is not simple. We will never be able to give our kids every little thing they want, but we can teach them to appreciate what they have. We can teach them how to share, how to care for others and how to be honest. Keeping them Active and Creative: In this competitive world every child need to be very active and alert at every moment. W should include plenty of active time in each and every day. Television is not an active time so keep it to a minimum. Get involved in creative play with kids. If some thing is not coming the way expected, it could lead to mini-meltdowns, which could derail the process. Make sure to join in any creative projects, and show your child your own effort. We should show there are lots of different ways to achieve our goal.
While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think. Here’s how you can encourage them:
- Expect more. Most people have a way of living up (or down) to expectations — preschoolers included. “At school we expect the kids to pour their own water at snack, to throw away their plates, to hang up their jackets — and they do,” says Jennifer Zebooker, a teacher at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School, in New York City. “But then they’ll walk out of the classroom and the thumb goes in the mouth and they climb into strollers.” Raise the bar and your child will probably stretch to meet it.
- Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won’t help to make your child more self-sufficient. Quick hint: Appeal to her sense of pride, suggests Donna Jones, a preschool teacher at Southern Oregon University’s Schneider Children’s Center in Ashland, Oregon. “Whenever I’m trying to get kids to dress, put jackets on, sit on chairs during meals and so on, I’ll ask them: ‘Do you want me to help you or can you do it yourself?’ Those words are like magic,” promises Jones. “The kids always want to do it for themselves.”
- Don’t redo what they’ve done. If your child makes her bed, resist the urge to smooth the blankets. If she dresses herself in stripes and polka dots, compliment her “eclectic” style. Unless absolutely necessary, don’t fix what your child accomplishes, says Kathy Buss, director of the Weekday Nursery School, in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. She will notice and it may discourage her.
- Let them solve simple problems. If you see your child trying to assemble a toy or get a book from a shelf that she can reach if she stands on her stepstool, pause before racing over to help. “Provided that they are safe, those moments when you don’t rush in, when you give children a moment to solve things for themselves, those are the character-building moments,” says Zebooker. “It’s natural to want to make everything perfect, but if we do, we cheat kids of the chance to experience success.”
- Assign a chore. Putting your preschooler in charge of a regular, simple task will build her confidence and sense of competency, says Buss. A child who is entrusted to water the plants or empty the clothes dryer is likely to believe she can also get dressed herself or pour her own cereal. Just be sure the chore you assign is manageable and that it’s real work, not busywork, since even preschoolers know the difference. The goal is to make your child feel like a capable, contributing member of the family.
If a preschooler is outside running jumping and playing on a daily basis, then when he is nine and ten and older, he will feel the need to go out and move. And physical activity is must to stay fit and healthy. Activities for young preschooler can be like Pedaling a tricycle, Kicking or Catching the soft ball. Just play and run around with friends.
Clear and consistent rules need to be followed in the family. Every one hates conflicts, but if we as parents don’t stick to the rules and consequences we set up, our kids are not likely to either. It looks sad when we refuse to buy our kid another doll when she is asking for it. Instead of firmly standing, we could just console the child saying “I understand your feelings and that u really want that doll, you will be very disappointed if you don’t get that doll, but think about how many dolls already you have at home and whether its already enough” its absolutely fine to stick to our rules and don’t buy her that doll, but the way we express it makes the difference. By showing her empathy and understanding, she is likely to feel better even though she did not get what she wanted, some times a touch of empathy and understanding is all that preschoolers need.
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