Children between the ages of 3 and 5 need a lot of loving guidance and positive discipline. Positive Parenting keeps the focus on connection, cooperation,  learning and growing together in these early years. Why follow positive parenting principles with your preschooler? Striving to have a caring, loving and respectful relationship with your preschool child now can have a big impact on your relationship for years to come.

So much is happening between the third and fifth year of your child’s life. Preschoolers benefit from a lot of play, discovery, and kind, respectful guidance. Discipline for three to five year olds can be positive and effective!

 Positive Parenting and Preschoolers

Using Time In instead of Time Out For Toddler Misbehavior Leads to More Learning

Using Time In instead of Time Out For Toddler Misbehavior Leads to More Learning

How to use positive parenting tool Time In instead of time out for misbehavior or behavior challenges Your hair fell off mama. I caught it for you. That’s what I heard one morning as I was waking up. Before me, stood my 2.5 year old, scissors in one hand, a clump of my hair in the…

5 Powerful Questions For Setting Limits on Your Child’s Behavior

5 Powerful Questions For Setting Limits on Your Child’s Behavior

Inside: Five questions to help you set limits instead of using punishment when your child misbehaves. “I have tried using warnings, time outs and taking my son’s toys away when he acts out, hits his sister and just overall doesn’t listen to me but it doesn’t work. I hear a lot about setting limits but I…

Tantrum and Anger Management Using A Calming Kit

Tantrum and Anger Management Using A Calming Kit

Inside: Calming Down isn’t Always Easy For Children. Help your child manage tantrums, anger and frustration and learn self-regulation skills with a calming kit. “Got anything I can smash around here?” asked my daughter with a crinkly face and closed fists one day. Anger management and self regulation are skills that children need practice to master….

Kids Routine Charts and Using Positive Discipline To Make them Work

Kids Routine Charts and Using Positive Discipline To Make them Work

Over the summer, my 9 year old daughter began having trouble falling asleep. “I just can’t sleep!!” she whined (and she really meant it.) After several weeks of trying to talk her out of her insomnia, I decided a new bedtime routine was in order. We brainstormed the steps, and decided to include a short…

What Really Works to Help Children With Tantrums

What Really Works to Help Children With Tantrums

To stop child tantrums it is best to understand why tantrums happen and what helps your child feel better.  Most children have tantrums during the toddler years. Tantrums can also happen during early childhood and are perfectly normal expressions of overwhelm, frustration and other emotions. Throwing a tantrum is part of learning to control impulses…

Have A Happy Holiday Season With These Proven Parenting Tips

Have A Happy Holiday Season With These Proven Parenting Tips

The holiday season can be a big trap for stress and parenting self-sabotage. For the next several weeks, you may have high expectations for good, cooperative behavior.  You may get tired of fielding requests for big, expensive or so very many gifts. Comments from relatives at family gatherings may trigger self-doubt.  Little elves on shelves eagerly waiting to report…

How To Transform Criticism And Bring Out the Best in Your Child

How To Transform Criticism And Bring Out the Best in Your Child

The best praise is focused on your child’s effort, not your child’s traits. The same is true of criticism. In one study by Columbia University researchers, kindergarteners were given a scenario: a teacher asks them to create a house out of Legos, and they forget to put in windows. Then the teacher and child role-play…

The Best Discipline Strategy When Children Become Aggressive

The Best Discipline Strategy When Children Become Aggressive

Inside: How To Use Positive Discipline To Respond to Aggressive Behaviors in Toddlers and Young Children It’s quite normal for toddlers and preschoolers to struggle with aggressive behavior from time to time. When your child acts aggressively it is typically a sign that she is feeling upset, scared or overwhelmed. Many parents worry that aggressive…

Two Things Every Child Needs for Intrinsically Motivated Cooperation

Two Things Every Child Needs for Intrinsically Motivated Cooperation

Your child’s behavior is not the problem. Really. If your child’s behavior is not the problem, then what is? Some parents reply, “I’m the problem!”  It’s true that you may be part of the problem but here’s the real answer . . . The problem is the problem. There’s always something deeper that causes the…

Why Timeouts Make Tantrums And Power Struggles Worse (And What To Do Instead)

Why Timeouts Make Tantrums And Power Struggles Worse (And What To Do Instead)

A parent wrote in recently asking why timeouts are making her daughters behavior worse instead of better. She shares: I have a 3 year old daughter that throws the biggest tantrums whenever i simply say no or disagree with her. She has picked up negative behaviors to calm herself. Such as slamming doors and using aggression….

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