Using a Heart-Based Approach with Preschoolers

Using a Heart-Based Approach with Preschoolers

Helping preschoolers develop good patterns is very important. You’ll want to establish good routines for mealtimes, bedtimes, and other schedules. In addition you’ll want to build healthy relational routines. Those have to do with following instructions well, receiving correction, and processing a no answer without emotional turmoil. Here are some articles that will also guide your thinking.

One of the primary tasks of childhood is to develop self-discipline. Of course this is a life long challenge and certainly most adults still find self discipline hard at times, but the sooner a child begins to work on this important character quality, the better....

Before becoming a parent, you may have envisioned bedtime as the sweetest time of the day as you tucked in your little cherubs, kissed them on their foreheads, and watched them peacefully drift off to sleep. Then you had kids! What happened?...

Cooperation is so important for a child’s growth and development. The purpose of working on cooperation isn’t just to reduce tension and get things done, although those are two side-benefits....

Anxiety is a difficult problem in anyone’s life. Parents’ hearts go out to their children who suffer from emotional overload, racing thoughts, and continual feelings of unrest because of anxiety. That’s not what childhood is supposed to be like....

God didn’t create our hearts big enough to hold all of the worries and concerns about life. For those who are concerned about the future, he said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34. Even worrying about today can be overwhelming....

Remember that kids eat more at different stages of growth. Furthermore, many children have a narrow range of things they like to eat. You don't have to cook only what they like. Make a variety of foods but allow children to opt out of eating them. Provide healthy snacks between meals and encourage children to eat healthy....