Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

Parenting is hard work!

There are many things you can do to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with your child. Essentials for Parenting will help you handle some common parenting challenges, so you can be a more confident parent and enjoy helping your child grow.

Overview of Essentials

Overview of Essentials
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Communicating with Your Child

Communicating with Your Child
Get information on praise, imitation, and active listening.

Creating Structure and Rules

Creating Structure and Rules
Set expectations using family rules, reward charts, and daily schedules.

Giving Directions

Giving Directions
Encourage your child to listen by giving simple, effective directions.

Using Consequences

Using Consequences
Learn about consequences like ignoring and distraction and tips for discipline.

Using Time-Out

Using Time-Out
Discover tips about when, where, and how to use time out.

Page last reviewed: October 14, 2021