Dealing with Childhood Fears

Fear and anxiety are instinctive conditions that help protect us from danger, and children experience them just as much as adults do, if not more. Some preschoolers might be afraid of very specific things like the dark, bugs, or certain animals, while others are afraid of particular situations. 

One major difference between adults and young children, however, is that preschoolers tend to have an overactive imagination which can leave them worrying about a greater variety of things, such as imaginary monsters, death, pain, and much more. It is normal for preschoolers' fear to fade as they become older, wiser and more secure in their environment, but until then there are a few things that you can do to help ease your child's anxiety and empower it against its fears.

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Handling a Picky Eater – Choosing the Right Tactics

Now that you've gained a better understanding of why your child is being difficult when it comes to accepting food, let's take a look at a few strategies that you can employ to get your preschooler eating healthy. Children need a balanced, nutritious diet to grow properly. Your job is to make sure you offer your preschooler the right kind of foods, which involves offering meals that comprise of a range of items from each of the four food groups.

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Handling a Picky Eater – Dos and Don’ts

If you think you're the only parent struggling with a fussy eater of a kid, think again; a lot of children between the ages of 2-6 years old tend to be picky eaters, and that's alright because being a picky eater doesn't always translate to having an eating problem.

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Helping Your Child Make Friends

Friendship means different things at different ages. Most 2-year-olds are too young to understand the concept of friendship and will play with any child they come across without giving it much thought, but as your child grows older, it will become more aware of the people around it and will eventually begin to form preferences for certain playmates.

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How to Stop Nose Picking

Children often do many things that they're not supposed to, and nose picking happens to be one of the more common unwanted behavioral habits that your child might develop. Why does it do it? For several reasons: it might be a nervous habit much like thumb sucking, nail biting or teeth grinding, or it can simply be that there's something in there that doesn’t feel right.

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Raising Your Child to Love Writing

All children love making marks and expressing themselves, which should theoretically nurture in them a special affinity for writing, and with steadily improving control over fine motor skills, most preschoolers will be attempting to write letters and numbers in no time. Here are a few suggestions to help foster the love for writing and learning in your child:

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To Preschool or Not to Preschool?

So, you've checked all the signs and feel that your child is ready for preschool, but does that mean you should go ahead and send your little one to daycare? There are many factors that you need to take into consideration before making your final decision. There are always two sides to a coin; while not all parents feel that preschool is the best option, others think it is an essential stage in their child's development. What makes the decision so confusing is that you will find experts supporting both sides, so what should you do and how do you decide? Let's take a look at a few of the pros and cons of preschools first to get a clearer picture of what you're facing.

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Understanding Why Your Preschooler Bites

It's never a pleasant revelation to learn that your preschooler has bitten another child, butthe fact of the matter is most preschoolers have bitten someone or have been bitten at least once by the time they enter preschool. So why do they do it, and how do you stop your child from doing it? Read on.

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Terrible Twos: Understanding & Dealing with Your Child's Defiance

The "terrible twos" is that dreaded time in your child's life when constant defiance becomes a regular state of affairs. While some children might become particularly difficult to deal with much earlier than their second birthday, most will exhibit problematic behavior after they've entered their second year, hence the name. Brace yourself for raging tantrum tornadoes and bouts of illogical stubbornness, but don't worry – with careful handling your child will grow out of this daunting stage. 

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Teaching Your Preschooler Good Manners

Children are more moldable when they’re younger and are more receptive towards instructions and doing as they are told than older children. That is why teaching your child manners while they’re still between the ages of 2 and 5 is ideal. Here are a few tips on how to teach your preschooler manners:

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Teaching Your Preschooler Table Manners

Teaching children table manners is a gradual process, and one of the best ways to begin doing so is by discussing the importance of good behavior during mealtimes with your preschooler, encouraging them to think of themselves as polite and enforcing good behavior until it becomes a habit. Here are a few ways on how you can do this:

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Dining Out with Your Preschooler

Having a young preschooler on your hands doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to forever dine at home due to fear of restaurant disasters. Before you let the prospect of eating at a restaurant daunt you, take a look at the below suggestions on how to get your preschooler to cooperate when dining out, and how to turn potential public dining disasters into a fun and peaceful family event.  

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When Your Preschooler Talks Back

Are you starting to hear “No!” or “Why?” every time you ask your child to do something? Welcome to another stage of preschooler-hood. Back talk is never pleasant, and sometimes can be downright embarrassing when it happens in public or when guests are present. To stop your home from turning into a battle ground, take a minute to understand the reasons behind back talk and how to tackle it.

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The Secret to Raising a Happy Preschooler

What parent doesn’t want to see their child grow up happy? But while you might be clear on what you want, you might not be sure of how to achieve it. Here are a few steps that you can take to make sure your child grows into a happy and productive adult:.

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