Some advice this Thursday morning from the experts on how to help your little one grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn.
Doctors are weighing in on babycenter.com about the top five things they wish you'd do for your preschooler. Here they are:
1. Don't make potty training a battle.
Parents are usually very eager to get their children out of diapers around age two, but pediatricians actually urge you to take your time. It's a milestone preschoolers will take when THEY are good and ready.
2. Have two-way conversations.
We all know reading is essential to helping your child develop their vocabulary, but doctors agree it's also very beneficial to actually talk to your little one about what happened on the playground, or in preschool. Ask questions, and engage in conversation.
3. Stop germs at the sink.
Doctors suggest your child develop a habit of washing his or her hands when they come home, after using the bathroom, and before eating.
4. Enforce the helmet law, even at home.
Children should wear their helmets when riding their bikes in the driveway, on the sidewalk, anywhere.
5. Don't use the doctor as punishment.
Saying "you're going to the doctor because you were bad" won't help, especially because it's important for your little one to have good interaction with the doctor or dentist.