Tips for Parents of Preschool Children

Here we have put together a few tips for parents of preschool children.

Preschool children are growing at a quick rate physically, intellectually and emotionally. Parents of this age group should keep them involved and continue their learning.

The Academy of Pediatrics recommend preschool children get 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. This rest time will to allow their bodies ,as well as brains, to grow and recharge.

Parents should set a time for bed that will allow preschool children to get the maximum amount of sleep.

Set a bedtime routine. This can include bath, snack, bedtime story read, kiss and lights out.

Allow your preschool child to pick their clothes for the next day.

Allow your child to help make their lunch for school. Preschool children love to be helpful and show how big they are.

Lunches should include…

Main course item containing a protein(meat or other protein source), 2 items from the dairy category (cheeses, yogurt or milk) a fruit and a vegetable. Discuss with your child the importance of eating “growing foods” instead of junk foods.  Too often many preschool children think a sweet treat is OK as “growing food”. This gives you the opportunity to talk to your child about good food choices.

Preschool children love to collect things. They will collect everything from rocks to pieces of crayons and everything in between. Be sure to check all of your child’s pockets before laundering. Save yourself from a mess in the washer or dryer.

Preschool children love to discover amazing and interesting things. Trips to the local museum, library or zoo are great opportunities for them to learn about the world around them. The local Children’s Museum allows  preschool children the opportunity for hands on exploration.

Set aside time to read with your child every night. Reading helps a  preschool child to expand their vocabulary and also use their imagination. Ask questions about the story that will cause your preschool children to use their imaginations.

Point out easy words as you go about your day. STOP, SLOW,DOG…… This is the beginning of the to road to early reading for your preschool children.

Help your child sound the words out they find on their own.