By Donna Doll-Yogerst, Family Living Educator

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 4.15.18 PMNew experiences and extra activities are fun learning experiences for children, but children can easily become overwhelmed. Help young children thrive by following these tips to create structure and limits for preschoolers. For instance, rather than immediately buying a child a toy, help the child set a goal to earn the toy.



Read the fact sheet:


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