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10 Things to Say to Your Preschooler

  • Ruthie Gray Contributing Writer
10 Things to Say to Your Preschooler


That one word alone evokes sighs from parents, and inward chuckles from grandparents. Having recently entered the grandparenting stage, I’m reminded just how funny (and irrational) preschoolers can be. I’ve lovingly termed our 3-year-old grandson the Tiny Tornado because he packs a punch the moment he enters a room, plowing through, leaving mini-mass destruction in his wake.

His 18-month-old sister lays personal claim to the word “mine”, not unlike the seagulls from the movie Finding Nemo. It’s difficult to discern quick and appropriate reactions to a preschooler’s flurry of activity. As new parents seek balance while fielding comments such as “why” and “no”, there are some key phrases they can give in exchange.

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