There are a myriad books and local resources out there for parents of preschool age children. Here are a few that have grabbed our attention:
"The Triumphant Child: A Practical Guide to Raising Two, Three and Four Year Olds" by Olson Huff, M.D., and Nicole Rawson-Huff. This book brings together some of the most knowledgeable resources on pediatric health, practical parenting and child development from around the world. A handy resource guide with real-world advice.
"The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries" by Michele Borba, Ed.D. This is the latest from the educational psychologist and child development guru who also wrote "No More Misbehavin'" and "Don't Give Me That Attitude," among others. From biting to bossiness, sibling battles to attention issues, Borba addresses issues parents of children ages 3-12 face on a daily basis.
"Your Kids Are Your Own Fault: A Guide to Raising Responsible, Productive Adults," by Larry Winget. This guy is tough on parents who don't take their parenting roles seriously. He is admittedly not a parenting expert, but he applies his business and personal development philosophies to parenting in this book. It's a good read for parents of preschoolers to help them avoid falling into the traps of our predecessors.
Your local library - Libraries offer story times for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children. Family programs, such as craft time or special kids' movie nights, also are offered occasionally. Check the back of the magazine for local library story times. These activities also are a great way to meet other local parents with whom you can swap stories, tips and resources.
MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers is a church-based support group available in several local communities, including Wheeling and Flushing. For information, visit www.mops.org. Meeting times and contact numbers are listed in the OV Parent calendar.