4 year old: How to Help

It's important to help preschoolers deal with anger and express it in a way that doesn't inflict injury on themselves or others. Encourage your child to talk about her hostile feelings rather than acting them out. You can also provide an acceptable place for her to channel her negative energy. For example, you might want to purchase a miniature punching bag. Let her pound it while you encourage her to voice her feelings.

Some children are more successful in social relationships than others. And, inevitably, certain children will be left out, passed over or otherwise ignored. To help these preschoolers sharpen their social skills, try to arrange play dates with one or two schoolmates outside the classroom. The children may feel a greater kinship if they play together in a different setting.

Monitor your child's TV viewing carefully. Used properly, television can be a valuable teaching tool. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, preschool children who watch educational television do better on reading and math tests than children who don't. But too much television (more than one to two hours a day, including video games and video cassettes),or the wrong kind of television, can be detrimental to your child's well-being. Exposure to too much violence, for example, may make your child more aggressive.

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