An important part of helping children through the preschool years is making sure that their minds and bodies are working their best. When children’s physical needs are met they are better able to learn, have more self-control, and are generally happier, which is good for both of you! Here are a few fact sheets that highlight the importance of nutrition, good sleep, stress reduction (yep, even little ones get stressed out), and physical activity.
Being able to self regulate or control emotions, thoughts, and behaviors is a central task for preschoolers. Preschoolers are still learning a lot about these things, which is why they may have tantrums or not be able to stop themselves from interrupting while you’re on the phone, running when excited, and hitting when frustrated. Good sleep habits and a low-stress environment make all of our lives a little easier, and the same is true for preschoolers! A well-rested, calm child is better able to pay attention, has better self-control, is more cheerful, and listens to instruction better. Help children learn self regulation to support their social and school success.
During the preschool years, children’s bodies and brains are developing rapidly and they are laying the foundation for their future growth, development, and even brain pathways! The food toddlers eat now is literally building their body and brain, and will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Making good, healthy food choices set children up for success in many areas, including academics, self-control, and emotional well-being.
Physical activity is important for everyone, but it is critical for a growing child. Preschoolers need lots of opportunities for activity, and when they have the chance to blow off some steam they tend to have more self control and are better able to learn and actively engage in calmer activities. Minimizing screen time is one way to encourage more active play. Plus, being active with preschoolers is a great way to reconnect with a child who is all of a sudden too busy for cuddles and snuggles.