We know a thing or two about the way preschoolers work, which is why we’re proud to partner with you on your journey as we offer daycare for children in Long Island. Read on below to find out the five mistakes commonly made by preschooler parents that you can avoid!
What do preschoolers love to do most? Play! Often times, it can be easy to be too serious around our kids. We might expect them to learn too much through our directions, words, and actions. We can also overestimate just how much their growing minds can handle! Being too serious should be out, and encouraging more playtime should be in! Give your preschooler the opportunity to participate in free play, play pretend, and explore through hands on play when it comes to exposing them to new topics and tasks. Never underestimate the power of play!
Preschoolers need time to wind down and relax, especially after time spent away from home learning and interacting with others. If your child seems to never be tired, it might be because they just can’t handle all the activities that are keeping their minds and bodies continuously busy such as playdates, sports practices, lessons, etc. Be sure to give your preschooler time to relax and play, nap, or look at picture books on their own terms, especially after a long day of activities and school.
As parents know, routines can be a great way to get your child to learn good habits, help out around the house, and be more involved in the family unit. Parents of preschoolers may underestimate just how important routines are! If you do something a certain way day after day and then suddenly change it, or if an unanticipated event comes up, your child may not react well to the change. For the most part, do your best to stick to routine to keep both of you happy.
You’re at the store and your preschooler has hit their limit. There are tears, frustrations, and anger. This could be prevented by keeping track of the signals your child is sending you through their body language, words, and actions. If they’ve already had a long day, maybe it’s not best to take them into a store. If they’ve exhibited growing frustrations, it might be best to reschedule that playdate. In the middle of a tantrum, your chances of your child stopping that behavior are very slim. Recognizing the signals before they happen can help you stay one step ahead.
Rather than only recognizing when your preschooler does something wrong, try and find your kid doing good things and reward them with your attention and tell them WHAT you like. Be specific, too! Try to stop saying “NO” so much and rather say “yes” when they’re doing something good. Preschoolers want to be recognized when they’re doing something that is right. Giving them this positive attention and praise will make them more likely to repeat good behaviors, as they know it will elicit positive attention and reactions.
Is there anything you’d add to the list? We’d love to hear it. It’s important to remember that no parent is perfect, but educating yourself on ways to help your interactions with your preschooler can help you both in the long run.