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Encouraging your preschooler to help with chores

by Maxine
Posted August 8 2011 02:22pm
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When it comes to getting your child involved in household chores, it's good to start when they are very young by introducing small tasks. Preschoolers can put dirty clothes in the laundry basket, put toys away and pitch in by helping with the dishes or hanging up clothes. Young children often want to "help" you with whatever you're doing. However, even if you did not involve your very young child in family chores, it's never too late to start.

Older children can do larger tasks, such as setting the table or dusting the bookshelves. By making children part of the family routine early, and building on responsibility gradually, chores do not seem as "bad."

It also helps if you and your partner have successfully worked out how to share chores, so that your child sees both of you working to keep the household going. Try to avoid stereotyping activities. Boys can really enjoy cooking or doing dishes and girls can equally enjoy learning about tools or cleaning up the yard.

Don't forget to instill fun with chores. Play music, dance around and joke while doing the chores. This teaches children that good feelings and work go together.

Avoid bribing your child to do chores. Instead let your child know that for a family to get along, all members have to do their share, and chores should be your child's way of helping the family. If you want to give your preschool child an allowance, do so to help him learn to appreciate and manage money, not for doing chores.

Have you included your preschool in some simple chores around the house? Have you had any luck? Let us know the strategies that you’ve used to encourage your child to pitch in around the house by leaving a comment below.

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Aggression and Your Preschooler: Tipsheet

by Maxine
Posted April 17 2012 05:58pm
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Download this tip sheet on preschoolers and aggression for Comfort, Play & Teach tips on coping with and preventing aggressive behaviour in your child.
 
Download the Preschoolers and Aggression Worksheet (PDF)
 
 

Check out the Preschoolers and Aggression Video for more on this topic!

 

Do you have an aggressive preschooler? Ask our experts for more information about handling it. Or leave a comment below about how you've handled aggressive behaviour with your child.

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Your preschooler and learning more than one language

by Maxine
Posted January 3 2012 04:21pm
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Fortunately, most young children can learn two or more languages as they grow up, especially as preschoolers in the years before they go to school. They might show slight delays in vocabulary growth in each language at first, because they are learning two or more sets of words at once. But by the time they have reached grade five, they often have a more advanced knowledge of language than other children who speak only one language.

When a child is learning two languages, she may mix words from both languages into her sentences, but she will eventually learn to separate the languages correctly.

You should go ahead and speak the language you are comfortable with to your child. It's also good to read to him in that language, and use it when you are playing with him, as well.

And remember, it's much better to speak to your child in your native language often than to talk very little because you think you should only speak in English or only French, and you aren't comfortable doing so.

Click here for more on teaching your preschooler to speak two languages.

Do you speak more than one language at home? Are you encouraging your preschooler to speak both? Post a comment and share your strategies with other parents.

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