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Pre-Preschool (3 Year Old)

John's Most Recent Articles

Rescue Yourself and Your Child With Bedtime Routine

Posted on 5/11/2016

Q: My daughter, who just turned three, has a surge of energy after dinner and can take hours to fall asleep. I try putting her down around 8 o’clock, but there are nights when she doesn’t fall...

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Occasional Tantrums Don't Indicate Bipolar Disorder

Posted on 1/27/2016

Q: Our 3-year-old son is very sweet, loving, and generally well-behaved. Occasionally, however, he breaks into a huge tantrum during which he becomes uncontrollable. The word “possessed” comes to...

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3-year-old Preschool Issues

Posted on 11/10/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: My just-turned 3-year-old daughter has started biting other children in her preschool program. I put her in for three mornings a week thinking she...

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3 year-old Tantrums

Posted on 9/8/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: Our first, a girl, just turned three and has suddenly started throwing tantrums. She can begin a tantrum when she’s alone in her room if something...

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Newly Academic Nature of Most Preschools

Posted on 11/25/2014

Courtesy of my friend and parent coach Janet Carter (www.ourchildishways.com), comes an interesting story: The parents of a 4-year-old girl went to a preschool parent conference to...

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"The Doctor" Makes House Calls

Posted on 4/28/2014

Shortly after I finished graduate school, a friend of mine shared with me a book called Indirect Hypnosis, written by Milton Erickson, a most unorthodox psychiatrist if ever there was one....

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Who cleans up?

Posted on 2/4/2014

Q: I have 3 kids ages 8, 6, and 4. I need help solving the "pick up the playroom" dilemma. When an area in which they've been playing needs to be picked up and straightened, the 8-year-old always...

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Toddlers in Restaurants?

Posted on 6/25/2013

Q: Help! We find it almost impossible to finish a restaurant meal when our 18-month-old twins are along, which is always. We give them toys to keep them busy, and they do well for about 30 minutes...

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Authority

Posted on 5/28/2013

Q: My 3-year-old started preschool 3 days a week (private sitter other two days) about 2 months ago. He did great. However, this week he began being defiant, not following directions then kicked,...

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3 Year Old has bedtime problems

Posted on 1/22/2013

Q: For the past several weeks, our just-turned 3-year-old has been waking up and coming into our room at all hours of the night with the usual excuses. He's scared, hungry, thirsty, lonely, can't...

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Recent Questions

Curing a 3-Year-Old Picky Eater

Posted 2 weeks ago

I've recently started the Tablespoon method for my very "picky" 3 year old boy. After a few tries, he's had one successful meal where he's eaten all three foods and gone on to get seconds....

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5 and 3 1/2 yo boys over the top silly

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have a five year old son and 3 1/2 year old son. I am very familiar with and have read several of Rosemond's books, most recently, The Well Behaved Child. I use the ticket system with both...

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Mouthy 3-year-old

Posted 2 weeks ago

Recently my 3 and a half -year-old has started negating various statements his dad and I make. Mostly this happens when he doesn't want to do something (It is bedtime/it is NOT bedtime), but also...

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Ignoring Bad Habits

Posted 2 weeks ago

My 3 and a half-year old boy has a habit of biting, sucking, or chewing his knuckle while thinking, when upset, worried, etc. It's been growing in frequency and I'd like to stop the habit before...

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Micromanaging 3 1/2 Year Old?

Posted 2 weeks ago

Every so often, when my 3 and a half- year-old boy gets in trouble and is disciplined, it seems the discipline escalates his behavior and he tries to do something even worse than what he was...

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3 1/2 YO Resisting the Potty

Posted 2 weeks ago

My 3 and a half-year-old boy finally got the idea of using the potty to urinate, and did really well for a few weeks. He's since reverted, won't use the potty at all, throws fits, won't poop for...

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Let History be Your Teacher

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have 2 daughters ages 3 and 20 months. We visit at my mother's house often - at least once a week, sometimes more often. My youngest daughter will not let her grandma hold her. Any time Grandma...

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31 Month Old Potty Accidents

Posted 3 weeks ago

My 31 month old son has been potty training for 10 days. The first 6 days we stayed home and he was perfect! No accidents. Once we began making outing outside of the home the accidents have been...

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3 1/2 yo doesn't mind spending the day in her room

Posted on 2/10/2017

We have been using the ticket system to target our 3 1/2 year old daughter's disobedience. On the occasions that she has lost all 5 tickets and is sent to her minimally entertaining room, it does...

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frustrated 3 yo won't talk

Posted on 2/1/2017

When my 3 year old daughter gets frustrated she will 'lock up' - not speak or express what's wrong. This usually happens instantaneously when we do something that she wants to do but we do it...

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