Preschooler Development and Positive Parenting

Preschoolers (age 3-5 years)

Not a baby anymore, not even a toddler, your little one is a Preschooler -- what is often called the Wonder Years.  And wondrous they are, as your little one gains the ability to manage herself and control her emotions -- most of the time!

Want cooperation?  Connect with her, and make your routines fun.

Want a preschooler who goes to bed easily and doesn't have potty accidents? Make sure you meet his needs for security. 

Want a kid who talks instead of hitting or tantrumming?  Develop his emotional intelligence by empathizing and talking about feelings.  

Here's your game plan for bringing out the best in your preschooler.

 In This Section

Game Plan for Positive Parenting Your Preschooler 

With a little help from you, these years will build a fertile foundation for your son or daughter's entire childhood. Your game plan for giving your 3 to 5 year old what she needs to blossom.

Positive Parenting Your Preschooler: Daily Life 

How to navigate all the day by day moments that make up your 3 to 5 year's old's childhood.  Here you'll find articles on everything you need, from bedtime to potty accidents to discipline to staying connected.

How to Pre-empt Whining 

Whining is common with toddlers and preschoolers.  Parents are usually advised to tell their kids to ask in a "nice" voice, because they can't hear the whiny voice.  But whining is a symptom of a deeper issue.  So if you want to eliminate whining, you have to address what's underneath. If your child's whining is driving you crazy, here are six parent-proven secrets to stop the whining. Which secret you use depends on why he's whining.

Your Preschooler and Bedtime 

Wondering how to get your three, four or five year-old into bed -- and how to get him to stay there all night?  You're not alone!  I hear from parents all the time about their preschoolers falling asleep on the couch or in front of the TV, anywhere but their own beds.

12 Step Program for Managing Your Own Separation Anxiety 

You’ve probably put a lot of thought and effort into helping your child adjust to school for the first time. And maybe you’ve been looking forward to your new freedom. But if you’re like most moms, you’ve found yourself wiping away a tear or two as well. So for a little help managing your own separation anxiety, here’s my 12 Step Program for Moms!

Positive Parenting Your Growing Preschooler 

Helping your preschooler develop social and emotional intelligence, good judgment, competence, generosity, and more.

Pre-school » Parenting

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