Top 10 Tips for Parenting Preschoolers


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Praise Resiliency

Resiliency is a valuable trait in any preschooler. It's what gives him the confidence to try new things and the strength to pick himself up if he fails. The more resilient your child, the more likely he'll show initiative, drive and resistance to negative peer pressure later in life. There are several tricks you can use to encourage resilience in your preschooler.

It's natural for parents to want to shelter their children from failure. When your child falls down, your first instinct is to go pick him up. But by the time he reaches preschool age, don't be afraid to start letting your child make mistakes. Allow your child to lose or fall, but talk him through the experience and get him used to bouncing back and trying again.

A world run by preschoolers could be a scary place: You might have sweets served for three meals a day and a teddy bear for president. Nevertheless, give your child some capacity to make decisions on his own. For example, let your preschooler pick out his own clothes or comb his own hair. It may not look how you would prefer, but it will help him shore up his self-confidence [source: Wingerden].