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Pre-Preschool (3 Year Old)

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

Posted 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Distracted during meals.

Posted on 1/22/2017

We've read the article "Fail-Safe Formula for Getting Kids to Eat Everything". Our 3 year old takes his sweet time eating at every meal, irregardless of consequences, exciting things to do with...

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Three year olds and daycare

Posted on 1/16/2017

Just newly 3 year old at daycare not minding teachers running around Not minding when in time-out About 15-18 children in room with 2 teachers Mother had taken away privileges at home later....

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Three-Year-Old Has "Trouble" Falling Asleep

Posted on 1/11/2017

When my now 3-year old son was sleeping in the crib, I'd sleep with him on his twin bed at nap time. Once we got rid of the crib (after he started jumping out), he expected - and still does - us...

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Different ages playing together

Posted on 1/9/2017

I have a close friend, and our combined 6 kids play together often 1-2x a week at least. Each kid has a partner 2 6 year olds, 1 4 year old (November) 1 3 year old (June bday) two 1 year olds. ...

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Out of control 5 and 3 y/o boys

Posted on 1/3/2017

Hello, I am doing a miserable job as a parent to my two boys (aged 5 and 3). They are out of hand entirely. We can't get through prayers at the dinner table without at least one of them being...

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How to Deal with Relatives Who Give Too Many Toys

Posted on 12/6/2016

I recently read your new book, "John Rosemond's New Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children," and was extremely impressed by your argument in favor of children having very few toys. My...

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Learning how to parent.

Posted on 12/1/2016

My daughter is 3 years 4 months and is currently our only child. She is what many would call "strong-willed" and very independent and stubborn. She also has an abundance of energy (more than...

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Three year old won't cooperate

Posted on 10/31/2016

My daughter is 3 years old; she will turn 4 in January 2017. Every morning she throws an all out fit about getting dressed and putting on her socks and shoes. We pick her clothes out the night...

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