Exploring Parenting Challenges by Age: Preschool- & School-Aged Children
Do you have a preschool- or school-aged child (3 to 9 years of age)? If so, you’re probably beginning to encounter challenges that you didn’t experience during their infant and toddler years. Below are some of the obstacles that parents commonly face with children this age, as well as tips for how to address them:
- Separation anxiety – It’s common for children to experience separation anxiety when they begin attending preschool, especially if it’s the first time they’ve been away from their parents for an extended period of time. To help ease their fears, you should talk to them about what to expect at preschool and, if possible, visit the school before their first day. Many parents also find it helpful to schedule playdates with their child’s new classmates in the weeks leading up to the new school year so that they’ll already have friends on the first day.
- Organization issues – Many school-aged children have a hard time focusing and keeping themselves organized, which can make it difficult for them to manage chores and homework assignments on their own. You may want to consider posting visual reminders of their responsibilities—for example, a chore chart or an afternoon/evening schedule that sets aside time for homework—so that you don’t have to keep reminding them on your own.
- Growing independence – Once children enter school, they tend to crave freedom and want to make more decisions on their own. By giving them choices in smaller matters—for instance, what to wear each day—you can avoid arguments about bigger decisions.
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Do you struggle with effectively parenting a preschool- or school-aged child? If you’re facing any of the challenges described above, you could benefit from speaking to a therapist who can offer parenting tips tailored to your specific situation. Contact us to schedule an appointment at a date and time that’s convenient for you.