Preschoolers

The years before kindergarten your preschooler will grow leaps and bounds, mentally, emotionally and physically.

Parents share resources and advice about raising 3 to 5 year olds, including potty training, early education, behavioral struggles and more.

Wondering for future reference.

What milestones are best to be accomplished before the potty traoning adventure begins? I know my son is only 6 months but hes very curious and active, and he has been very intuitive whenever he catches someone heading to the bathroom, and he's interested in the toilet whenever he is in the bathroom, I think he sees us sitting on it when he is in the tub and wants to know what kind of chai... More

  • Anonymous
    1h ago

    Personally, I needed my kids to be walking and communicating (can hold conversation with us). My oldest could do these at 18months but we didn’t potty train until 2; he showed “interest” in potty younger like your LO, but I think he was just curious Lol. All in all, you just have to know your kid. Some are ready at 18 months and others not until after 2 (though I was NOT gonna have a non potty ... More

Anonymous posted in Behavior 7h ago

4 year old behavioral issues

I have a 4 year old that seems to be struggling more than usual/necessary. I mean EVERYTHING is a struggle with her. She has been throwing tantrums about anything and everything when she doesn't get her way or just randomly. She also went from "testing boundaries" with not listening and being defiant to full on ignoring us + going against EVERYTHING we ask her to do + being very r... More

  • Anonymous
    7h ago

    One more comment that I notice and have read about it a variance in the discipline she gets from her various caregivers - I've read a lot about how that can really screw up the whole system of creating "house rules" if the adults aren't all following them exactly them same - our home is the two kids, me and dad, and my mom (the kids' grandma.) Dad lets them get away with e... More

  • B
    2h ago

    Sounds like you’re taking great steps with getting outside help. If I were you, I’d sit down with dad and grandma and talk about discipline. Doesn’t have to be identical, but you should be on the same page. Explain how it is affecting you and her, and come up with some common strategies and rules. I’m sure you’ve tried this, but my nephew needs a snack and some quiet time in the afternoon. Af... More

Anonymous posted in Potty Training 7h ago

4yr old needs to fully potty train...

A- I have been having a hard time getting my son to fully potty train and wear undies. Our issues are: 1. Pooping in the toilet or potty 2. Wearing undies 3. Going to the restroom in public He refuses to wear underwear even after i let him choose The Incredibles underwear. My husband has also showed him that he wear underwear too and he should wear some too because he is a big boy. For the m... More

Please help I need advice

i need advice. My 3 year old son had a traumatic fall 2 weeks ago. He left foot was sprained badly. Before he never used it stay sitting but as days passed he started doing more. Last week he started crawling and playing again. Now he putting pressure on it when he sitting i took him last week to his doctor they said to let him heal and try to get him back to using it and that it healing great.... More

  • Marika
    Yesterday

    Hi. My son fell, had a sprained leg/foot from a trampoline experience. He was 2.5 years. He progressed similarly as your son in week 1 and some time around week 2 he started walking again. We never really pushed. As he healed up he would do more and more walking on his own. It sounds that he is healing and getting better. We did additionally wrapped his ankle and leg/knie with a soft bandage t... More

  • Jelissa
    Yesterday

    Should I try the wrapped thing when he has no shoes on. And see if that helps. I just dont want him to go backwards. And to be scared but i dont wanna push him if it does has some kind of pain.

Potty Training

I have a two year old boy that doesn't like sitting on the toilet, I can get him to pee most days first thing in the morning but that's about it. What can I do to get him more comfortable to use it?

  • Kihya
    Wednesday

    I tired everything with my son, nothing ever worked he'd refuse and scream if I even asked him to try to sit on the potty or his little potty. And then one day he went poop in his potty all by himself and came told me he pooped and since that moment he hasn't wore a pull up and has had no accident even in bed! When people say " they'll go when they are ready" it's the truth don't force it! 😊

  • Denise
    1h ago

    I trained my son by using a treat. Every time he at least sat down he got a treat and then once he got comfortable he started to pee and he would get one treat for pee and then when he started to poop he got two treats for poop. I bought a bag of little m&ms but you can use whatever treat will motivate your child best (something small) I did this for a about one week and he got the hang of ... More

Anonymous posted in Potty Training Tuesday

potty traning

I have 2yrold baby girl.I am trying to train potty.But she did't want to sit at all.

  • Emiliee
    Tuesday

    I figure out whatever my daughter wants at the time and offer that as a reward for her using the potty

  • Miki
    Yesterday

    I used to stress a lot about my son with potty training- he is finally trained at 4 year old. One of his carers at Child Care gave me some great advice once- don’t force it as it leaves a impact in his mind.. he will eventually do it.. not like he will want to poop in nappy all his life! .. so my advice is give her time.. offer it to her and talk about it with her regularly.. one day things wil... More

Potty training

Any tips on how to start potty training!? My son turned 2 October 10th and I am currently a stay at home mom with him until I return back to school in November! I would love for him to be somewhat potty trained before I start back school.

  • Kelly
    Tuesday

    I’d definitely recommend checking out the “Oh Crap; Potty Training” book. Simple and logical approach, that usually clicks in a week or less. The first few days will suck.....,but then voila, magic. :)

  • Lakeisha
    Wednesday

    Thank you all for your feedback!!:)

Elissa posted in Behavior Tuesday

Major defiance!

Long story.... my boyfriend won emergency temporary primary custody of his five YO son after his mother moved him two hours away, against custody orders, and refusing to let my boyfriend see him. Let him get so sick and won’t take him to the doctor - we almost had to hospitalize. (A lot more happened but that’s the main) Shortly before all this happened, I had moved in with my bf. I know there ... More

  • Miki
    Tuesday

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts ladies. I find it hard to manage my emotions as an adult- I can only imagine how hard it is for a child . This thread will help me a lot with my parenting... I have strong willed child that I was struggling to understand.. reading the article and thread helps a lot.

  • Elissa
    Tuesday

    And yes Alyssa. His mother moving him 2 hours away from his dad, in with an abusive boyfriend, refusing to let anyone see him at all, keeping him out of school, and refusing to get medical attention when he desperately needed it is a bit fucked up. We are extremely calm with him. I know that he’s dealing with a lot of emotions. I have never once yelled at him. And he loves me. It’s not that he... More

Potty training

My 3yo will wake up and go potty in the morning but she will wear undies all day and continue to wet them. And when she's in a diaper she'll tell me she has to potty after she's already filled the diaper 🤦‍♀️ please help me with tips about training girls

  • Ashley
    Monday

    I had my daughter in underwear during the day and she started going potty in the toilet so when it came to night time if she did not go in her pull ups she got rewarded for that day and then go for couple more days until she gets the hang of it

  • Preethi
    Tuesday

    Take diaper off go underwear. Let her soil them couple times and when she does tell her big girl pee in the potty. She will get it eventually

Is 10 months to early to start potty training??

my son has been trying to remove his diaper when we aren’t looking and I’ve already put underwear over his diaper to stop him from taking it off. But he follows either my husband or myself to the restroom and he takes his diaper off.

  • Jasna
    Monday

    My mom told me I was “giving signals” that I am about to go at 6 months old! I cannot believe it, but she swears. So, I guess it depends on the kid. My 18 month old does not care about it, didn’t get that gene it seems. ;)

  • Domonique
    Monday

    My daughter was potty trained at 1 years old. If they’re interested be consistent but don’t traumatize and force them to get it. It will be frustrating at first but patience is key so that you won’t make him develop a fear

Potty training

My son took off his diaper in the living room and took a poop but when I try to put him on his potty chair he won’t go unless it’s just pee and I reward him for that he has clothes on so he takes them off and then the diaper I can’t let him run around the house naked bc it’s not our house we live with my mother in law and father in law and also uncles so they want to see him naked

  • Ashley
    Monday

    My son is 1 1/2

  • Rebecca
    Monday

    They make underwear for kids his age online but tjere expensive you could also try training pants instead of a diaper

Shopping

Where can I find nice outfits for a 4 year old girl ?

  • Tiffany
    Monday

    I’ve heard lots of positive things about Zulily, and I favor old navy myself.

  • Pablo Alarcon
    Tuesday

    Thanks everyone for the help old navy it is

Cradle cap on a 3 year old?

Is this common? I always thought it was for infants....

  • Caitlin
    Monday

    My pedi told me to use coconut oil and a comb. Or even vegetable oil

  • Crystal
    Tuesday

    I’ve seen it in toddlers too. To get rid of it, Use jojoba oil, buy it at Trader Joe’s. Apply to scalp, put a beanie on baby/toddler. After 30 mins to an hour, take off beanie, wash scalp/hair with gentle baby shampoo, rinse them off, use soft nylon brush and brush out flakes they will come off easily, do not scrub just gently brush. If there is any flakes still remaining or stuck wait 2 days a... More

Stubborn potty trainer!

My daughter just turned 3, and she has been mostly trained for around a year. She has no issues at preschool. But when she’s at home the past few weeks, she will intentionally pee/poop on the floor instead of the potty. She’s driving me crazy! She knows HOW to go potty, but she just won’t do it anymore. She tests me at every turn. For her entire potty training, if she’s mad at me, she will star... More

  • Katarina
    Monday

    She sees her baby brother in diapers and says she WANTS to be a baby again. I’m definitely not going to give in to what she wants based on misbehavior.

  • Rebecca
    Monday

    How olds her brother... Maybe if hes old enough to be sat on the potty a few times a day she will regain interest in it? Just a shot in the dark but sounds like maybe she is jealous she has to be the "big kid" and he gets to be the "baby. Deffiently praise praise praise when she does use the potty or do a sticker chart where after so many stickers she gets a small reward. Try to ... More

Potty training a 2 yr old boy is it to soon? I need help save me

  • Rebecca
    Monday

    My son swas potty training a couple weeks before his 2nd birthday but he was wanting to go potty when mommy and daddy did! It deffoently jusy deoends if they are jnterested and a sticker chart helped him get the concept of going every time!

  • Linda M
    Tuesday

    Our son was potty trained by 2yo. Take him in every 20-30 min just sit in toilet for a little even if he doesn’t need to go. Daycare helped a lot too.

How do you train a toddler to use the toilet

  • Eileen
    Sunday

    We did the naked method. But consistency, patience and real undies! Start them out introducing them to the potty by putting them on it in the morning. Once they’re used to that, u can let them be naked and put them on the potty every 30mins-1hr. Or keep clothes on and still follow that time. Praise them when they go on the potty. Stay home for about a week so they get used to the potty idea. T... More

  • Parisa
    Tuesday

    Start at a time you know they will definitely pee or poop. I started with my daughter at 7mo and she always pees 10min after a bottle. Sit them on their potty chair, Give them a book, we play peekaboo, and make a noise or signal a word that they can associate with pee or poop. I find the potty chairs that sit on your toilet work best because they can’t stand up and walk off.

Potty training??

My toddler is 16 months old and she will bring me diapers when she wants hers changed or will come to me and say booboo when she poops. She just started this within the past two weeks so i guess i should start looking into potty training her. Any tips?

  • Rose
    Monday

    Lucky Momma! I have an 18 month old & he runs when he sees me holding a diaper & telling him “it’s time to change your diaper”🤦‍♀️😂

  • Cassie
    Monday

    I am trying to ask my L.O. if she needs to go potty multiple times a day but I'm afraid she is stubborn and absolutely refuses to pee in the potty of a morning and since she can hold her bladder all night when she finally goes in the morning the diaper overflows and we have a mess! 🙄

First tooth

Guys my daughters first tooth is coming out !!! Omg what should I do !!!

  • Paige
    Sunday

    Whatever she wants to do! You could pull it or let it fall out.

  • Catharine
    Monday

    Negotiate with the tooth fairy. Kids are getting dollars for teeth these days.

Tips for a super picky 4-year-old?

Our 4-year-old will only eat a small number of foods that are familiar to him—pb&j, a certain type of chicken strips, etc. He won’t even eat normal kid food like hot dogs and hamburgers. As much as we try get him to try new things, nothing works! We’ve all but given up on eating out. Any tips??

  • Tessa
    Monday

    I’m always told he won’t starve himself lol but mine does. There are days he will eat absolutely nothing at all... some water and 2 cups of milk.. all day... bc he hasn’t wanted what I give him. He went three days once and would be up 4 times in the night asking for chicken nuggets and applesauce. So I said this is stupid and gave in to french fries and chicken nuggets every meal. I like sleep!

  • Anonymous
    Monday

    They eat what you make or they dont eat.

Sedrick posted in Behavior Sunday

Tantrums and preschool

So my three year old has become wreckless at preschool. She’s displaying bad tantrums, throwing legos and books. Normally she only does it when her mom leaves to go out to sea and is gone for a while but now she’s been on a streak and mom has been back here for a few weeks now. I’ve tried talking, cutting deals, exercise discipline and moreeee talking. Doesn’t seem as if anything is working. Id... More

  • Alexis
    Sunday

    Kids thrive on consistency with routine. This goes for everything and especially discipline time outs meaning you mean what you say and you will hold them responsible for their actions. Talking and talking doesn’t mean anything if there isn’t any consequences. Best of luck 🍀

  • Lisa
    Sunday

    I think she misses her mom, and is acting out for attention . When mom leaves, I would set aside time to do special things with her to give her extra attention when mom is gone. If there is a time that would work, maybe she can Skype with mom daily to know mom is not leaving her because she doesn’t love her but has to go for work. Maybe mom can bring her a little prize or something from her ... More

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