Every kid is unique. Some kids are very sensitive while some are very easy-going. Some children exceed developmental milestones faster while some kids get to them eventually.
Generally, you can expect some of these behaviors in your preschooler (3-5 years old).
- Variations in eating habits
- Variations in sleeping habits
- Intense Tantrums
- Exhibiting intense feelings
- Wanting to be pampered all the time
- Claiming everything as one’s own.
- Impatient and lack of impulse control
Hence, here are few parenting tips to help you be a very good parent to your preschooler.
Tip 1: Speak clearly with eye contact
You must make eye contact while speaking to your kid so that you know that your child follow your instructions and you are heard properly. Do not make long instruction, as they wont be able to follow you. Make it short with just two components. You may even consider having them repeat your instructions back to you, so that you are sure they heard you right
Tip 2: Empathize with your kid
You need to understand that your child has his/her own favorites. Be it a favorite blue plate or a favorite toy, let them know you understand the challenge if they find their things away.
Tip 3: Be consistent in parenting
Consistency in parenting means that any kind of undesirable behavior always results in a consequence. Hence, you get to decide what that consequence will be.
Tip 4: Set boundaries
As a parent, it is your responsibility to keep your child safe. Hence, support you kid feel safe and secure by setting boundaries in their early life, like prohibiting them to play on roads or run in streets and also teach them never to hit others. You may expect some resistance but it is important to stay clear and empathize them.
Tip 5: Encourage them
The most common trait all kids’ share is their love towards getting undivided attention from their parents or guardians. At times, when they don’t get your attention, they will keep on doing several things that will make us to reprimand them. So if you want to minimize the negative attention-seeking behaviors of your child, then it is important that you focus on what good your child is doing and praise him/her, the very moment. By doing so, you are helping them build their self-esteem as they grow.
Tip 6: Be silly
It is very important to channelize your inner-child if you want to bring some joy, silliness and laughter in your day. Maybe you could imitate a robotic voice or voices of some cartoon character to give instructions or chase them around the house walking like a dinosaur. Look out for various ways to bring excitement into a game. Your kids will love you more for that.
Tip 7: Encourage Self-reliance
When your kid is having some small trouble doing something then your first instinct as a parent would be to do it for them. You should know that your kid is capable of doing more things than your realize. Children learn new things through little bit of challenges and struggles. Hence, provide them with various opportunities to try something new without your intervention.
Tip 8: Deal with their Tantrums
Firstly, identify those situations that trigger your kid’s tantrums. Provide them with choices. This will help you to redirect your kid’s mind over to something else.
Tip 9: Set A Good Example
Your children learn from what you are than what you teach. Hence, what you do will have a huge effect on how your kid behaves. When every time you arrange the chairs after getting up or tidy the room or put your belongings back to where they belong, your child notices that too. So make sure you give them good lessons to learn.
Tip 10: Love them Unconditionally
The most crucial thing you can always do, as a good parent is to exhibit your love to your kid every day, be it in a form of words or a kiss or a pat. The choice is yours to how you want to show it, but make sure that your child really knows that you mean it!
Nobody is perfect, not even a parent. So try to be an understanding parent instead of trying to be a perfect parent. Happy Parenting!