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Preschool (4-5 years)

John's Most Recent Articles

Use Patient Guidance With Son Who Prefers Solitary Play

Posted on 6/7/2017

Q: Our 4-year-old prefers solitary play over play with other children. It’s been this way from early on when I began arranging play dates for him. When those really didn’t work, I enrolled him in...

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Comfort, Not Counseling, Is the Treatment for Nightmares

Posted on 12/21/2016

Q: Our 5-year-old has suddenly started waking up with nightmares. He's not able to describe them with any clarity, however, so we don't know what the content of them is. The most he's able to...

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Use Godfather Principle to Nip Fear of Doctor in the Bud

Posted on 9/20/2016

Q: Over the past year or so, our 5-year-old has developed an extreme fear of going to the doctor or dentist. This came on suddenly, without a precipitating incident. The crying begins when we...

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Selecting the Right Private School

Posted on 8/16/2016

Q: We are looking for a private school for our 4-year-old. Regardless of the school we ultimately choose, we want to keep him there through eighth grade at least. We live in an suburban area so...

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Approaches to Dinner with 4-year-old

Posted on 7/14/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: Our 4-year-old daughter will not eat dinner, no matter what. At most, she takes a few bites of what I fix and then says she doesn’t like it. This has...

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Bedtime Fears

Posted on 3/10/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: About six months ago, our four-year old daughter began complaining of being afraid to be alone at bedtime. Upon questioning, she told us she was...

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Losing Tickets on the Ticket System

Posted on 12/16/2014

Q: I’ve been trying for two months with little to no success to get your “ticket” system to work on my 4-year-old daughter. The target behaviors are ignoring me when I tell her to do...

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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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Simple Curiosity?

Posted on 8/19/2014

Q: Our 5-year-old grandson sees his 5-year-old female first cousin from time to time. After they play for a while, he tells her he wants to “touch” her. This has happened twice in recent...

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Sassy Children

Posted on 7/8/2014

Q: The "sassiness" that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter. She will say things to me that I actually find myself tongue-tied on how or...

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Recent Questions

4.5 year old reluctant about dance class

Posted 4 days ago

My daughter is 4.5 years old and has been taking dance lessons for about 3 months (once a week for an hour). So far, she's loved it and always looks forward to the next class. She has never said...

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Sharing rooms...

Posted 4 days ago

Our 5 year-old daughter and 2 year-old son share a bedroom. By what age is it no longer appropriate for them to share? Our house has only two bedrooms, but we do have a plan in mind as to how...

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Preschoolers Early Risers

Posted 1 week ago

Our two older children, ages 4 and nearly 3, share a bedroom. In the mornings they like to get up very early (5am) and play together. My husband and I usually get up multiple times to tell them to...

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Sibling Conflict: Teaching Moment or Stay out of It?

Posted 1 week ago

I am the mother of 3 children, a 5 and a half year old girl, a 4 year old boy and a 2 and a half year old girl. The 2 oldest used to play really well together for the most part but over the last...

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False Diagnoses

Posted 1 week ago

HI John I enjoyed your article "Are many cases of autism wrongly diagnosed?" You were right on the mark when you said "kids grow out of these many of these things". An acquaintance's...

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Montessori education?

Posted 1 week ago

This may be a question you can’t answer, but I’m looking into Montessori Schools and was wondering your thoughts? Pros/cons? My girls struggle a little bit in their catholic school and I think a...

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Time Out With Tickets?

Posted 2 weeks ago

We just started the ticket system with our three-year-old and five-year-old. We have done this with our five-year-old in the past and we appreciate how it works and how effective it can be....

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Did my child really do that?

Posted 2 weeks ago

I just got a call from the Kindergarten counselor. Apparently my 5YO son touched a female classmate inappropriately on the playground before the Thanksgiving break. She told her mom, mom called...

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You've Tried Everything. Now What?

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have four kids, ages 5, 4, 3, and 2. My 4 year old is having terrible fits. He is also regressing in his potty training and wets his pants several times a day. The things that he throws fits...

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5yr old mad at the world

Posted 3 weeks ago

My beautiful 5.5 year old son is mad at the world. Dis obedient, disrespectful, down right mean. I have been reading John's books and tried the tickets for two years. Asked several questions....

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