New Ways to Praise
Praise and affection are all it takes to show your preschooler he's done something right. But once in a while -- maybe he's been unusually kind to his little brother or patient on a long shopping trip -- a special treat is in order. Some simple rewards your child will love:
Let him play dress-up with real clothes from Daddy's closet.
Let him call Grandma or Grandpa for a nice, long chat.
Take him to ride the escalators at the mall or an office building (this is a chance to teach escalator safety, too).
Grab a flashlight and take him for an evening stroll well past the time he's normally allowed outside.
Get your pictures taken together at a photo booth at the mall.
Let him sit at the head of the table for dinner.
Visit a park in another neighbor-hood -- he'll enjoy the change.
Offer him a treat related to his accomplishment. If he sampled his veggies every night for a week, cook him a meal made up of his favorite foods (including dessert!). If he's been sleeping in his own bed, surprise him with a fun new flannel pillowcase or sheet set.