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Amanda Rock

Will You Make New Year's Resolutions For Your Preschooler?

By December 31, 2013

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As we approach the end of the year, many adults take stock of their lives -- things they liked about the past year, things they didn't like and behaviors they think need changing. And while your preschooler might be a little young to make a resolution for the new year, there are probably aspects of his behavior that you'd like to see changed. Picky eating. Not getting along with a sibling. Not sharing. Throwing temper tantrums. Tattling. Lying. Or maybe there are some new things you'd like your little one to learn, like being earth-friendly, practicing good manners, setting a bedtime routine or even how to be grateful.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has also come up with some New Year's resolutions for kids including some specific to preschoolers, including:

  • I will clean up my toys.
  • I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
  • I won't tease dogs - even friendly ones. I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.

The important thing about helping your little one to change his behavior is to do it slowly and with patience. Young children can be pretty set in their ways and resistant to change. And tackle one thing at a time -- you don't want to overwhelm her.

Do you have some New Year's resolutions for your preschooler? Yourself?

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