PRESCHOOL

THE GREATEST CHARACTERISTIC OF THIS PHASE BY FAR IS JUST HOW MUCH A BABY NEEDS YOU
They need you more desperately, more consistently, and more frequently than at any other stage of life. They need you to feed them. They need you to clean up their messes. They need you to help them get to sleep. They need you to comfort them. They need you to smile at them, entertain them, and engage them. They’re completely dependent on you in a way they never will be again. There is remarkable potential on the life of a new baby. And although the days are long, and the task can feel demanding only one thing matters most at this phase – you being present.

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ONE OF THE GREATEST TENSIONS OF THIS PHASE CAN BE SUMMED UP IN THE PHRASE “I CAN DO IT.”
Some toddlers insist more strongly than others. Some throw tantrums with greater theatrics if you try to help. This is when the struggle for independence begins to kick in. You feel it the first time they try to feed themselves and dump applesauce down the front of their shirt. In this quest for independence, three things are true: They will make mistakes. They will move too slowly. There will be a mess. Remember, they are not only learning new skills, they are also developing the confidence they need in order to move on to the next phase.

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THEIR NEWFOUND CURIOSITY MAY BECOME A LITTLE EXHAUSTING…
Spending time with this phase may seem like a visit to your therapist or an investigative reporter: “Why?” “Why?” “Why?” But when a four-year-old asks why, they aren’t looking for a deep philosophical answer. They just want to know how things are happening. When they ask why the second and third times, they aren’t doubting the truth of your answer. They’re just looking for more of the wonderful knowledge they know you must have as an adult person.

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