Being the parent of a preschooler can be just as frustrating as it is rewarding. While your preschooler is busy exploring his new independence, he still needs plenty of attention and love. The ages between 3 and 5 can be difficult for everyone involved and there are plenty of chances for the parents to make mistakes. Here are the 5 parenting mistakes that are easy to make when you are raising a preschool, and a few tips to help you survive these fun and frustrating years.
Frequent changes from routines
Consistency is important to preschoolers, especially with all of the new changes in their lives. When you are continually changing the daily routines, preschoolers can become confused and start acting out. It is important to remember that 3 to 5 year old children often do not understand why it is okay to do something one day and not another. Unless they know that this is a special treat for “this time only”, the constant changes in their routines can leave you both feeling frustrated and irritable. Being consistent with your preschooler in everything from discipline to meals and bedtime can help prevent temper tantrums and short tempers.
Concentrating on bad behavior
It is not uncommon for preschoolers to act out and their bad behavior can be made even worse if you forget to praise them when they do something good. This is a difficult age for children as they start to explore their independence while still needing attention from you. If you only concentrate on your child’s bad behavior and forget to praise and reward him when he does something good, your preschooler may decide that the only way to get your attention is to misbehave. These types of misbehavior can then turn to not interacting with anyone or say it as your child become depressed due to your not paying attention to them. Positive reinforcement not only helps to improve the way your preschooler acts in public, but it can also strengthen the bond between parent and child.
Missing your preschooler’s warning signs
Almost all preschoolers have their own unique warning signs that indicate a temper tantrum is near. Whether it is a red face, eyes scrunching up, or simply “the look” your preschooler can get in his eyes, being able to recognize these signs before your child is in the middle of a temper tantrum can make a dramatic difference in their behavior. Almost all parents agree that it is impossible to “talk” to a preschooler who is in the middle of a tantrum, and it can also ruin any otherwise fun outing. When you know how to identify these signs, you can prevent the outburst and still have an enjoyable day.
It is important to remember that no matter how annoying your preschooler’s whining might get, it is never a good idea to reward him for it. It won’t take long for a child to realize that you will probably cave into them, if they simply whine and pester you until you say “yes”. While this might give you a few minutes of peace and quiet, it is one of the worst examples you can set. Not only are you now at the mercy of your preschooler’s whims, this annoying trait can stay with your child throughout his life. Most child care experts recommend simply ignoring your preschooler when he starts whining, and though this might result in a temper tantrum after a few times your child will realize that he can’t always get his own way.
Keeping your preschooler too busy
This common mistake is easy for parents to make without realizing it, and over scheduling your preschooler can leave you both feeling tired and irritable. Just because children often have more energy than their parents doesn’t necessarily mean that they always have to be busy. Not only can this affect their general mood, but it can also interfere with their normal. Children need time to relax and unwind after a busy day at school, and it is also important to remember that preschoolers need time to themselves to simply play. This unstructured play time is also how child brains continue to grow and develop so they are better equipped to deal with everyday life.
It is important to remember that not all preschoolers are the same, and only you know what will work best for your child. Simply praising and rewarding your child for his good behavior and having the patience to ignore their whining can help prevent temper tantrums, along with sticking to a routine. While all parents will make mistakes, it is important to keep trying to set a good example, so your child can grow into a well-adjusted and happy adult.
1) Johri, Ashish. “6 Steps for Parents So Your Child is Successful”. humanenrich.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014
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