Emotional Changes

Between the ages of three to five, preschool children are ready to take small steps toward emotional maturity. Parents can help nurture their preschooler’s budding self-control, stress-handling skills, and confidence. Keep in mind these skills are brand new so your expectations should be reasonable.
  • At the end of her second year, typically the year of the tantrum, your child will start to be able to control her impulses. Over the next few years, you can help by encouraging her to take turns, giving her routines she can understand and follow, involving her in family decision-making and problem-solving, and teaching her to control aggressive behaviour.
  • Nurturing and soothing attention during the baby years set the foundation for a preschooler’s ability to handle normal stress and anxiety. Continue to respond quickly and positively to your child’s needs for affection, comfort, and security.
  • Preschoolers’ new physical and social competence make them eager to participate in the grown-up world. You can support your child’s increasing confidence by letting him handle new situations and try new things.