Preschoolers are known for their brimming energy and curious minds which keeps you on your toes all the time. This is the stage when they get to learn more and acquire new skills. As wonderful as it may sound, but as a parent of a preschooler, you know how challenging it is to match with never-ending energy levels.
Best Parenting Tips for Preschoolers
Here are some parenting tips for parents of preschoolers.
1. Polishing their Communication Skills
Communication skills of toddlers are equally important. Clearer their communication skills are, better they will fare with other kids and teachers once they start commuting to a preschool.
2. Teach her to be a Good Listener
We all know that it’s challenging to contain the capricious mind of a toddler. However, at preschool she will have to take part in various activities such as singing, drawing, listening to her teacher’s explanation and so on. All these will require her to sit still and pay attention. Being a good listener will help her proactively take part in various activities at her preschool.
3. Encourage Teamwork
Again, apart from spending time at home, she will be spending a good 4-5 hours with other kids and teachers at her preschool, taking part in various group activities. These activities require teamwork, and you can encourage this skill in her by playing games with her at home.
4. Teach her to Follow Instructions
At a young age, we learn through instructions and directions given to us. However, it won’t go that easy, if you don’t know how to follow directions. In preschool, your child will take directions from her teacher to take part in various fun activities. Guide her how to follow instructions by playing games with her, give her fun tasks and take part in it with her.
5. Helping her to Work with Stationery
Preschools offer various activities which require the use of objects such as pencil, crayon, scissors, wax or colour pencils. You can help her how to handle them correctly by encouraging her to draw and write more. You can teach her writing strokes of alphabets, numbers, etc.
6. Encourage her to be Independent
At home, you are there to wipe and clean her after various activities such as eating or playing. You are there to help her to wash her hands before and after her meal. However, while in preschool you can’t be there with her. Encourage her to be independent so she can wipe her mouth or nose, or wash her hands on her own. It also generates a sense of responsibility and independence in them, which will be helpful for them in the coming years.
7. Have a Set Routine
Having a set routine for various activities such as playing, meal, snack, sleep, etc., is important for both of you. Not only it will teach discipline to your kid, but it will also help you manage your own time efficiently. Another advantage is that you won’t have to run after them each time to remind them to have their meals on time or to put them to bed.
8. Try Not to be Too Strict
Discipline should not be confused with strictness. Children tend to be stubborn if you are too strict with them. Instead talk to them in a friendly manner, win their trust so they can communicate to you without fear. It will also help you to have a strong bond with them.
9. Don’t Give in to Their Tantrums
Having said that, you can’t be too mellow as well. Try to find the right balance that is neither too strict nor too soft. Don’t put a blind eye to your child’s tantrums, instead, direct them to do something else if they are throwing their tantrum over something. The best way is to identify the cause of their such behaviour. Is it due to hunger or sleep, or are they tired?
10. Don’t Treat them Like an Adult
Many parents expect way too much out of their children. Try to understand that they are still at a delicate learning stage, and, they are still kids. Don’t expect to understand everything you tell them immediately. Have patience and let them learn their own pace. The important thing is that you encourage them to learn and keep on trying. You may want to find out what interests and motivates them. Be creative when you give them tasks, and ensure that it’s fun for both of you rather than a chore which you have to go through.
11. Don’t be a “No” Person Always
It might be challenging, but there are ways to go about it. Try not to say, “No” very often. A kid’s heart is quite sensitive, and they may feel unloved, or undesirable if you say no to them often. Moreover, it might also lead to a rebelling attitude in them. Try talking to them at their level, and nicely explain the situation if you have to say no to something.
12. Praise them for Being Good
Compliment them for their good work. It would positively encourage a child. On the other hand, if they have done something wrong then let them know why it is wrong. Such awareness will make them conscious of what they are doing and whether it will have a negative consequence.
13. Don’t Put too Many Things on Her Plate
Every child is different and learns at her own pace. As a parent, of course, you will have certain expectations of her. However, it is also a job of a parent to understand their child and accept their capabilities. Don’t try to put too many things on her plate at once, remember she is still a kid. Keep a balanced schedule which is comfortable for her.
14. Be a Role Model to Them
They will be spending most of their time with you. And how you behave, what you do, how you do things, etc., all of these impact on their development. Be a role model to them so they can look up to you.
15. Creating Strong Bond
Raising a kid can be challenging, but it’s a learning phase for both, i.e., a parent and child. It is important that you are engaged in fun activities together. Doing things together will help you create trust and a strong bond with your child. You should be a parent as well as a friend to them whom they can rely upon without hesitation.
Some Mistakes Parents Make with Preschoolers
No parent wants less for their kids, every single one of them thinks best in their child’s interests. However, many a time, those good intentions of parents backfires, or demotivate their child. Below are few parental tips for preschoolers to avoid some common mistakes.
1. Setting Bad Example
As the saying goes, monkey see monkey do, kids at a young age tend to copy you. You are their live example of almost everything. If you want to teach them a good habit, then start the change from within yourself first. You can’t expect them to eat a healthy meal when you are living on potato chips and cookies. Positive parenting for preschoolers will have a positive impact.
2. Being a Yes-Man
Everyone adore their child and usually, it’s hard to say no to those puppy eyes. However, you can’t be a yes-man always. Don’t let your child manipulate you when it’s time to say no, say it, clearly. Also, let them know that why it’s a no.
3. Being Overprotecting
It’s natural for parents to be protective of their kids but being overprotecting hinders their growth. They start to rely way too much on you for almost everything. When parenting preschoolers, you should let them initiate things which they are capable of doing on their own. They will fall down while playing or walking, etc., you don’t have to rush to them each and every time. Let them learn how to stand up on their own.
4. Bribing them
Bribing kids with chocolates or other treats to make them do something is a common approach by parents. However, it won’t solve the problem for good, for example, offering a piece of cake for eating veggies won’t help them like veggies. It might backfire as well, they might start to hate it.
5. Comparing with Siblings
Many parents forget that every child is different and unique in her own way. Don’t compare your child with her siblings. Such behaviour will discourage them and will them feel unloved. They may start to harbour hatred towards their siblings as well.
Parenting a preschooler is challenging, but it’s full of fun as well. You will witness a lot of developments in your kid. Ensure that you don’t force your ideas on them, instead, do your research and find out what motivates them and have a friendly relation with them.