The usual ones are hunger , fatigue , and boredom. So don't take your child to the supermarket unless she's napped or you've stashed a healthy snack in your purse.
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Does your child's whining drive you crazy? For instance, does it drive you up the wall when, right before dinnertime while getting ready to preparing food, your child starts crying, "I wanna go to the park," or "I wanna go play with Riley. Borba says parents often give in to these whines, but this only reinforces the attention-getting behavior.
Your child will figure out which buttons to push and then push them over and over again.
For behavior that isn't aggressive, like a whine or sulk, you're better off if you don't respond to it at all. If you're consistent, Borba says, your child will think, "Well, that didn't work. Parents often line up a slew of activities, like dance or music classes.
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Then they wonder why their child isn't getting in bed and falling asleep right away after so many activities that must have made her tired. The problem, Altmann says, is that they're still wound up and need time to calm down. Every child needs down time, especially preschoolers, she says. Whether your child is at preschool for two hours or there all day, it can be very exhausting. Don't overschedule your child or shuttle him from one activity to the next. Give your child time to unwind with free play when he gets home from school.
Many parents feel they should sign their children up for enrichment programs to give them an edge.
The Emotional Problems of Normal Children: How Parents Can Understand and Help
But that's not really the case. What's most enriching at this age, says psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen, author of Playful Parenting , is free play. That includes dramatic play make believe , rough housing, and goofing around. Allow your child time and space for free play. Remember that preschoolers define play as "what you do when you get to choose what to do. Free choice -- the voluntary aspect of play -- is important, Cohen says.
It's not on their chore list. They've chosen to do it and they're just doing it for fun," he says. Your child may play well independently, but that doesn't mean he or she doesn't crave your attention. Not only do parents not get down and play, many parents are too easily distracted by their cell phone, email, or other multitasking. Set a timer, be enthusiastic, and stay involved for your designated play period with your child.
Cohen says lying really freaks parents out. He urges parents to see the behavior as experimenting rather than as "a moral thing. It has an emotional charge. But then parents freak out and have visions of their child in prison, so they get very tense and anxious about it.
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Know that telling a fib or two is a normal part of your child's development. And don't get hung up on the lie itself, Cohen says. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
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