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One of the most important things that you can do for your preschooler is to establish routines. Here's expert advice and tips from a child psychologist.
Power struggles are a common occurrence during the preschool years. Although they can be difficult to deal with, be aware that young children who attempt to engage in power struggles are actually developing at an age-appropriate level: they are learning that they have their own thoughts, feelings, and desires and that those are sometimes different than adults. This is an important cognitive leap with behavioral changes that will soon become apparent to a preschool parent. Although kids should learn to be assertive, they should understand and follow your rules.
While their behavior may be frustrating to you, keep in mind that young children are constantly exploring their world in order to learn and develop. Testing your limits is one way that they explore their environment. So make sure that you establish firm limits for them as early as possible, and stick to those limits. The earlier that children learn that you are not going to give in, the fewer power struggles you will encounter, not only during the preschool years, but throughout childhood and adolescence. 
The best way to deal with power struggles is to avoid them by managing your child’s schedule and environment, as well as establishing a positive, caring relationship with your child in which your authority is taken seriously. To do both effectively, it's important to have clear, simple rules, and to be consistent in following them. 
Here are some ideas for avoiding power struggles and for dealing with them if they do occur:
Want to keep your child safe, educated and prepared when it comes to food allergies? Here are 7 ways to get started.
Starting in January, kindergartens have entered a 'sweet spot' when routines are set, and academic gains are steady. Read here to see what's up.
In October, kindergarteners are starting to get down to the business of letters,  numbers, and group citizenship that is Big Kid School.  See what to expect.
Helping your child with disabilities plan for the future is a process you should start early. Here's what you need to know to help get you started.
Kids can benefit from meditation, just like adults. Here are some fun exercises to get your kids started.
Wetting the bed is sometimes a cause of stress, but it's almost always a result of stress. Learn how to reduce stress in kids who wet the bed.
Children's minds are ripe for studying philosophy because they're uncluttered and naturally curious.  Here's a parenting guide to getting your child started.
A parent's guide to a successful kindergarten transition. Make sure your child is ready to start school.
Tips for preparing your child for the school year to come while providing social learning opportunities throughout the summer.
Ramadan for kids! Learn the history of this Muslim holiday and get tips on how to celebrate Ramadan for kids in your household.
Here are some steps you can take to smooth the way towards creating a blended family.
I have noticed that lately my four-year-old son will not do anything that requires him to be away from me. Is there something wrong with him? What can I do?
Which type of teacher will suit your child? Here's what you need to know.
Lack of sleep can cause more than just sluggish brains: sleep deprived students are at higher risk of developing the behavioral symptoms of ADHD.
Adults get paid for working a job, so shouldn't their kids get paid for good schoolwork? Find out if you should be paying your kids for good grades or not.
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