Preschoolers love stories. Listen carefully and you might learn a thing or two.
Growing Up Adopted: Parenting Preschoolers
Practical advice for parenting adopted preschoolers, from ages 3 through 5.
Setting Appropriate Behavioral Expectations
When younger children misbehave, they may not really know that they are misbehaving, and can be easily distracted or physically moved. But by age three to five, a child should be more aware of inappropriate behavior.
“Come Play with Me!”
Projective play can help kids work out complex feelings about adoption. So, the next time your child says, “Come play with me!” Make sure you say, “Yes!”
If you thought you’d seen the end of bedtime battles, your preschooler may show you a thing or two!
Other kids are going to ask about it — so prepare your preschooler for questions about adoption.
New Kid on the Block
Adding to your family again? Ease the transition for your preschooler by being prepared for new-sibling anxiety.
Understanding Your Preschooler’s Questions — “I Want That, Too!”
Your preschooler may ask you for all kinds of things. But what is he really saying?
Real Parents Provide Discipline
Setting limits can be tough for parents–but it’s important to discipline our children anyway.
Saying “No!” (Without Guilt)
Your preschooler pleads for things and refuses to listen. Why is it so hard to set limits?
No More Bedtime Battles
The safety and predictability of a regular evening routine can end go-to-sleep struggles with your preschooler.
Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits
Now is the time to instill healthy eating habits, in meal choices and snack practices.
Creating a Personal Adoption Storybook for Your Preschooler
Telling your child’s story in book form can cement his sense of belonging in your family and boost his self-esteem.
When monsters threaten, you can be your child’s safe bridge back to reality.
Learning to Say “No”
Though it is sometimes tough to do, preschoolers need you to set limits.
The Adoption Expert? Your Child
Be alert for clues about how much information your preschooler can absorb.
Finding Strength in Your Family’s Faith
If you identify with a religion, it can be another source of support and belonging for your child.
Ready, Set, Regress
Some children need a little extra babying before they’re ready to get on with growing up.
Setting Clear Limits for Kids
If you’re feeling squeamish about disciplining your child, remind yourself why you must.
The Land of Make-Believe
Fantasy play is your preschooler’s safe arena to learn about life — and work things out.
When the Questions Begin
Your preschooler is curious — and so are his peers. Help him get ready for inquiring young minds.