Practical Wisdom for Parents: Demystifying the Preschool Years

Practical Wisdom for Parents: Demystifying the Preschool Years
by Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum

I picked up this book because Gretchen Rubin mentioned it in her book, The Happiness Project. Since I have a preschooler, I thought it might do me some good to read about what these two experienced preschool teachers had to say.

I loved it. I have a degree in elementary education, so I have studied young children before. However, I didn't have my own preschooler at the time.

As I would read, I would find a section that was particularly pertinent to us -- me and my three year old son -- and then I'd stop and try out their advice for a day or two. Fantastic! Like I said, it was never anything ultra-revolutionary, but it was solid advice at the right time.

The book is divided into two sections: School and Home.

The School section covers topics like Choosing a Preschool, What a good preschool will teach, Saying goodbye happily, and transitioning to Kindergarten.

The Home section talks about developing routines with your child, discipline and how to set limits, talking about difficult topics with kids, and my personal favorite section: Play! I loved the comprehensive list of toys they've got. They give toy shopping tips which I just really liked -- I want to buy toys for my kids that won't just entertain them but will help them learn and I certainly don't trust advertisers to clue me in on that.

I definitely recommend this book to parents of preschoolers. The book mainly focuses on kids ages 2-5, but parents with older kids can benefit from some of this practical advice. This book is not a discipline system, but a massive collection of helpful hints for parents.

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  1. I now have it reserved at the library. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Sounds like a good book...I'll have to add that to my list. I recently picked up "Happiest Toddler on the Block" and "Awakening Children's Minds", but this sounds like it's covering some different territory.


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