As your child grows, her need for your guidance expands and becomes more complex. Like babies, preschoolers need plenty of physical affection, comfort, and security. They also need your help to start developing social and emotional maturity.

Learning about child development will give you reasonable expectations for your child and help you find ways to nurture healthy development.

Every child-parent relationship is different. Consider how your child’s temperament and your own parenting style interact.

Preschoolers respond best when parents praise positive behaviour and give consistent, reasonable consequences for negative behaviour. Research continues to show that even light physical discipline harms a child’s mental and emotional health.

Nurturing your child includes supporting learning, as well as the development of social skills and emotional changes.