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Four to five year old

Encouraging your preschooler to share

Does your child ever have trouble sharing? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Our experts have come up with several suggestions for helping your preschooler learn to share: Be a role model. If you share and take turns with your child, he will experience how nice it is to have someone share with him, and … Read More

Encouraging your quiet child to speak

To help your child to talk more, it’s a good idea to talk to her whenever you’re together, carrying on a flow of conversation about what you’re doing, and about what she is doing. Try to be animated, using gestures and lots of expression in your voice. Emphasize important words and phrases. But you should … Read More

Establishing Routines

Both new and seasoned parents strive to help create some order out of the possible chaos of the few first months and routines are a great way to achieve that. Here are some some common routines you might establish with your little one. Bedtime Routines Did you know that a nightly routine can help your … Read More

Handling arguments with your child

When you and your preschooler argue it can be hard to keep your cool, but there are ways to handle these squabbles that will help resolve the situation and hopefully cut down the number of arguments you face. An argument is hard on everyone involved. Tempers flare and it’s not always easy to stop and … Read More

Handling Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry can develop for many reasons: In some cases it’s due to the personalities of the children Other times children may feel jealous For example, one sibling is really good at playing sports or is really good at school, but the other one struggles with these things. Some sibling rivalry is to be expected. … Read More

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Help! My child doesn’t like to speak!

Some children seem quiet and reluctant to talk. Some don’t naturally and easily use language to express their needs and wants, to comment on things, to get information or to entertain others. Other children may use language comfortably, but only in familiar situations. Being quiet in new situations is very common in children, particularly young … Read More

Three to four year old

Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to go to School

Some children become very anxious or scared about going to childcare or school. This is especially common in September, or when your child starts in a new setting, but it can happen at any time. The typical signs are complaints about feeling sick, crankiness, tantrums, saying they can’t find things or refusing to get dressed … Read More

Help! My child is refusing to sleep!

There are many things that can cause your child to stay awake at bedtime or to wake in the night and stay awake. Some examples are illness, digestive problems, allergies, a move to a new home, or change in child care provider and even anxiety. You may not know it, but your child could be … Read More

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Helping your child deal with his feelings

It’s a good idea to help your child learn to manage his emotions, but remember you don’t want to stop young children from having feelings all together. It’s much better to help your child learn better ways of dealing with his feelings instead. Here are several things that you can try: Try to set a good … Read More

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Helping your child overcome his fears

When you comfort your frightened child, you are helping him feel safe. This sense of security gives him the courage he needs to eventually face and conquer his fears. It’s normal for all youngsters to be afraid of something at one point or another, whether it’s thunder, large dogs, bees, the dark or imaginary things … Read More