Being a parent is not easy and it can be challenging. That is why you need to be prepared for the challenges that keep coming your way at every step of the way.
One such challenge is sending your toddler to preschool. If you’re a parent of a preschooler who is full of energy and curious about everything, you must find it challenging to keep up with his level of enthusiasm.
I remember I did when I sent my son to preschool. He is a hyperactive child and needs to be engaged constantly which means he cannot sit still in one place. This was the biggest challenge for me to make him sit through the school day. But with some help from teachers, other parents and time this was possible. 🙂
One of the most difficult jobs is raising children, but you don’t have to do it alone. I am here to offer you some parenting tips so you can raise your preschooler exactly how you want.
Parenting Tips for Preschoolers
Here are a few parenting tips that parents of preschoolers can follow –
1. Be a patient listener: When your child goes to school, he will be starting a new routine with teachers and participating in multiple activities like singing, dancing, learning craft etc. Your toddler will need to be active and pay attention for each of these. He will be more actively involved in preschool activities if he is a good listener.
2. Be an active participant in their lives: Spend time talking with your child about their day, their thoughts, and their feelings – this will help them feel valued and understood.
3. Try to be a Yes Person: It’s important to show your kids love on a regular basis. No parent wants less for their kids; every single one of them thinks best for their child’s interests. However, do not fall for their tantrums, and agree to everything they say or want.
I realized that I was the one saying ‘No’ to everything my son wanted while his dad said ‘Yes’ to everything (Although both kinds of behaviors are extreme, we need to find a middle path). This kind of made me the bad guy and I realized over time that it’s okay to say ‘Yes’ sometimes by listening to him and accepting his requests. But as a parent we must be ready to say ‘No’ if you have to! Try to be the ‘Yes’ person once in a while.
4. Establish routines and rituals: explain your expectations for their behavior as well as the consequences that will follow if they do not comply. Setting a routine will instill discipline in your child and having a routine for meals, sleep time, reading etc. is important for your child.
5. Encourage independence and self-reliance: Don’t just tell them what to do – ask questions so that they have the opportunity to think critically about the situation themselves and come up with their own solutions (unless of course, you’re teaching them how to cross the street). Allow them to do things for themselves, such as getting dressed or brushing their teeth.
6. Appreciate Them: even if it’s just small things like picking up their toys or putting away dishes after dinner, these little accomplishments should be recognized and celebrated by parents! It encourages them. Also, do not raise your voice in case they do something wrong, be patient and explain them their mistakes.
7. Make time for fun: Foster a love of learning by reading or drawing with them every day, get to know your child’s teachers and classmates to know how they interact and of course, reading stories! Don’t forget to have lots of fun while doing all this!
Books that Help
Parenting books are a great way to learn about different types of parenting styles and share your own experiences with other parents. Most people find parenting books very informative and helpful when it comes to raising kids.
Some Interesting Reads are –
- Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason
- Parenting Tips for Indian Parents: Pre-conception to Adulthood
- The Children of Tomorrow: A Monk’s Guide to Mindful Parenting
Bedtime stories to dream better and sleep better – 9 Interesting Bedtimes Stories for Kids
Although raising a preschooler can be difficult, it can also be a lot of fun. Even though it can be challenging to keep up with your child’s enthusiasm and curiosity at times, you are fully aware that they couldn’t have asked for better parents.
Remember, you must constantly be on the go with your happy tiny bundle. Additionally, you will occasionally find it difficult and exhausting to chase after your child.
But trust your parenting approach, ask help from elders and use the above parenting advice if you need it.
Please share any additional useful parenting advice you may have for preschoolers with us in the comments section.