Best Parenting Books For 5 Year Olds in 2023
Explosive Child, The: A New Approach For Understanding And Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
My Magical Words (The Magic of Me Series)
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls
Dinosaur Activity Book for Kids Ages 4-8: A Fun Kid Workbook Game For Learning, Coloring, Dot To Dot, Mazes, Word Search and More!
Your Five-Year-Old: Sunny and Serene
Trucks, Planes and Cars Coloring Book: Cars coloring book for kids & toddlers - activity books for preschooler - coloring book for Boys, Girls, Fun, ... book for kids ages 2-4 4-8) (Volume 1)
Princess for a Day: An empowering children's book about kindness and self acceptance
Unicorn Activity Book for Kids Ages 4-8: A Fun Kid Workbook Game For Learning, Coloring, Dot To Dot, Mazes, Word Search and More!
Seeds and Trees: A children's book about the power of words
Train Your Angry Dragon: A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Emotions and Anger Management (My Dragon Books)
My Parents' Parenting Advice: Don't Use "Go to Your Room!" as Punishment
At age 28, I am the happy father of a 5-year-old boy. Fortunately, I was blessed to have amazing parents who were nurturing, hardworking, and always wanted me to be the same way. From them I have learned two great parenting lessons:
First, avoid using "go to your room!" as punishment. Though it may be tempting to temporarily banish an incorrigible child to his or her room and get them out of your hair, it is unlikely to be successful in the long run. Over time the room can become a place of shame and isolation akin to a prison cell. The child will resist spending time there. Now the child is unhappy and is in your presence even more frequently, leading to further tension. Ironically, by trying to get the kid out of your hair you end up exacerbating the problem in the long run.
The other alternative is that the child comes to not fear punishment because he or she likes "go to your room!" Many children, after all, have well-stocked rooms that are quite comfortable and chock full of entertainment. Being sent to one's room becomes a non-punishment and does nothing to discourage misbehavior.
Secondly, be generous enough to have something desired you can take away as punishment. While many parents overindulge their offspring, being too strict can backfire as well. If your child does not have something he or she cherishes, such as a cool new toy, it can be tough to warn them into compliance. "You will lose your __________" or "you will lose your ____________ privileges" become hollow if all your kid has is something he or she is bored with.
If you "give in" and buy your kid that special Christmas gift it will bring joy to his or her heart...and can be used as leverage later. This leverage can often de-escalate a situation and bring about quick compliance without resorting to yelling, corporal punishment, hurtful language, or banishment to a corner (or one's room). Additionally, the knowledge that misbehavior causes you to lose goodies can better help children understand the real-world consequences of adult misbehavior, such as losing a paycheck or having items repossessed.