Preschool Parenting

Welcome you to Preschool Parenting, a resource for parents and families of preschoolers. Given the many exciting milestones that mark a preschooler’s early years, this period can often be as challenging as it is exhilarating. Find advice on a variety of parenting styles, gain practical parenting tips and suggestions, and discover ways to connect with your preschooler. If you have a comment, question or suggestion on parenting preschoolers, please contact us!

Featured Preschool Parenting Articles

7 Fun Ways to Get Your Preschooler to Listen to You
Getting your preschooler to listen to you sometimes requires a new approach. These seven fun games are like magic when it comes to getting your preschooler’s attention and cooperation. Memorize these tricks to listening and try one next time you’re out of ideas.

Preschool Behavior Tip – Appropriate Choices
Decrease power struggles and teach decision-making skills by offering appropriate choices to preschoolers. Follow simple guidelines and offer creative choices that improve behavior and support independence.

Use GEMs to Avoid Preschooler Misbehavior
Understanding why a preschooler misbehaves can help parents stop the problem before it begins. Sometimes all your preschooler needs is a little bit of attention.

Family Playing in Winter Snow, Washington State, USACelebrate What Makes Your Preschooler Unique
When parents recognize the special abilities and characteristics of their child, they offer their preschooler the gift of unconditional love, while nurturing confidence and self-esteem.

Step-Families with Preschoolers
How changes to family structure can affect preschoolers.

Preschool Parenting Book Review – Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids
Authors Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson offer keys to respectful parenting.

Is Your Preschooler a Gift Monster?
Stop the “gimmes” and teach preschoolers to be grateful.

Do Time-Outs Work?
Read up on time-outs for preschoolers: the good, the bad, the unusual.

Potty Training Your Preschooler
Advice from the trenches on how to gain diaper duty freedom.

Preschoolers and Temper Tantrums
Reasons for the melt-downs and how you can avoid them.

Empowering Your Preschooler
False choices for power-hungry preschoolers.

Four Ways to Help Preschoolers Take Medicine
Get your preschooler on the road to recovery by taking every last drop!

Preschool Parenting – Single Parents

Single parenting presents many challenges to which friends, family members, and co-workers may not always be sensitive. As breadwinner, parent, housekeeper, errand runner and disciplinarian, it can be difficult for single parents to juggle all those roles. This special section of Preschool Parenting addresses topics and situations that apply specifically to single parents of preschoolers. Find tips from other parents without partners to achieve balance, make the most of one-on-one time with your preschooler, take care of yourself, and cope with difficult situations such as holidays, family celebrations and questions from curious preschoolers.
Tips to Transition from Work to Home for Single Parents
There is often no time for single parents to relax at the end of the workday. There’s dinner to get on the table and a preschooler you want to spend time with. These suggestions can alleviate some of the stress that comes at the end of the day for busy single parents and creates more time to spend with your preschooler.

The Makings of a Preschool Parent

You’re a good parent. You love your children unconditionally and provide them with everything you possibly can. Parents of preschoolers obviously face different challenges than do parents of newborns or pre-teens. In order to meet age-specific requirements, parents need to constantly modify their methods of parenting over the years, with the basis of love remaining constant.

Take Care of Yourself

Parenting preschool children takes an enormous amount of energy. It’s a much more physical job than many of us realize until we’re panting after a highly excited three-year-old. By taking the time you need to keep yourself in shape, to eat right and get as much sleep as possible, you’ll actually be a more involved and patient parent – climbing the play structure to rescue your brave little man (instead of shouting instructions); running after the beach ball when the wind takes it (instead of letting it go); getting dirty in the garden with your budding farmer (instead of letting her dig up your flowerbed, while you catch forty winks in the hammock).

Be Consistent

Preschoolers do best with routines and schedules. Because preschoolers are in a state of constant flux with rapid rates of growth, development and skill acquisitions, they need the balance of calming and habitual sequences.

There’s a wonderful real-life example of how very routine-loving preschoolers can be. On her blog Mommapalooza, Laura writes that her daughter isn’t napping anymore.

“You see,” she explains, “my Madeline used to watch the last 10-15 minutes of [a TV show called] ‘George Shrinks’ after she finished her lunch every weekday, while I cleaned up the dishes. As soon as the end credits began to roll to the backdrop of the jaunty ‘George Shrinks’ theme song, she’d jump up, turn off the TV, and announce “Naptime!” And, yes, she really would take a nap.”


Library Adventures
Opportunities for adventure surround the preschooler, especially when he is exploring books at the library. Read some ways to make the most of your preschooler’s library adventure.

Eight Steps to a Healthy Preschooler Diet
Now you can see the entire Preschooler Healthy Eating Challenge. For two months, we offered weekly steps toward healthy preschooler eating. We focused on family meals, limiting sugary foods, making healthy snacks and getting the right foods on your preschooler’s plate. Start the challenge today!

Steps to Literacy in Preschool Education
Preschoolers each learn at their own pace. Some preschoolers will master writing their letters while others will be able to recite favorite books from memory. No matter what your preschooler’s strengths may be, you can feel confident that they are learning, as long as you are providing a well-rounded curriculum that encourages literacy.