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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler Charlotte NC

For a preschooler, learning to identify emotions is the first step towards learning how to manage them. When a child can correctly label feelings, he is better able to express himself and his needs. Parents can help children develop this valuable skill through play.

Ms. Ann Dodd
(704) 293-8087
2014 Park Drive
Charlotte, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in North Carolina
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Attachment Disor
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

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Mrs. Laura Bass
Arboretum Behavioral Health
(704) 540-5566
3315 Springbank Lane Suite 302
Charlotte, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
23 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Kristin Kirk
Kristin Kirk, LCSW
(704) 237-0421
903 Northeast Drive Suite 101
Davidson, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Dual
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Caregivers, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Lisa Mask
(704) 377-7454
Charlotte, NC
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

James William Pruett
(704) 375-9025
Charlotte, NC
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Mrs. IRENE CARROLL
PRIVATE PRACTICE
(704) 779-0372
2237 PARK ROAD
CHARLOTTE, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MaEd, LPC, CEAP, SAP
Licensed in North Carolina
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Patricia Heard
Phoenix Family Institute
(704) 542-9883
10720 Carmel Commons Blvd. Suite 330
Charlotte, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW,ACSW,LMFT,LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Multicultural Issues,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Obese or Overweight, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Laurie W. Howell, LMFT
(704) 650-9425, (704) 664-1009
1400 Harding Place, Suite 250
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Adolescents, Families, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Anxiety,Loss, Grief, Illness in the Family

Debra Sullivan Moseley
(704) 927-9202
Charlotte, NC
Practice Areas
Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jean Pruett
(704) 355-5060
Charlotte, NC
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler

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Tips for Raising a Terrific Preschooler
By Caron B. Goode 
Email kygardner@verizon.net
Mar 23, 2006, 21:59

   

The preschool years are an exciting time for both children and parents. It is the time when children pass through babyhood and enter childhood. During their third and fourth years, children enjoy a great deal of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. They become stronger and more in control of their bodies, emotions, and environment. It is in this stage that many pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place, and parents begin to catch glimpses of the person their child is becoming.

Emotions

Between the ages of three and four, children experience tremendous emotional growth. It is in this stage that children begin to understand and label feelings. They understand on a basic level what causes certain feelings, and will offer simple help to those in distress. When a playmate cries or becomes angry, a child may offer a hug or share a special toy. It is important that parents recognize and encourage this emphatic behavior. This will help children develop compassion. It will also help them learn to identify emotions in themselves and in others.

For a preschooler, learning to identify emotions is the first step towards learning how to manage them. When a child can correctly label feelings, he is better able to express himself and his needs. Parents can help children develop this valuable skill through play. Mirror games, face cards, and play acting are all great ways to help children identify their emotions. Reading and storytelling can also be very helpful. Describing why a favorite character feels a certain way is fun and lets children practice expressing emotions.

As preschoolers begin to identify their emotions, there is a notable shift in how they handle themselves. Tantrums, while still present especially during times of stress, become fewer and farther between. This makes it a great time to teach them how to soothe and comfort themselves. Instructing children to use touch or a simple phrase can go a long way in helping them manage anxiety and stress. A mother may place her hand on her heart and then on her child s to let him know that this is the place where she is always with him. Then throughout the day when he needs reassuring, all he needs to do is touch that place to feel comforted. The same goes for words. For instance, if he suffers separation anxiety repeating the phrase Daddy will be back will remind him that all is well, and his father will return.

Friendship

Friendships are very important in the preschool years. Once children begin to understand emotions and their connection to other people, they begin to establish friendships. For three and four year-olds, friendship begins by showing interest in other children and mimicking them. While these children long for playmates, they are just learning the social skills necessar...

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