Your Preschooler Doesn’t Have to “Like” It

Parent Cue | 12/6/2019 | Jennifer Walker
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Several years ago, my family helped an African family of six assimilate into American culture so they could study ministry. One of my most vivid memories was their first visit to our house. Almost every question we asked started with “Do you like____?” (everything from the temperature to the school they attended).

Interestingly, the hardest adjustment for them was not electricity, driving laws, or the weather, but the constant question “Do you like this?” That night, we were gently reminded of something valuable: There is freedom that comes with permission to NOT have to ‘like’ everything. To this family, it didn’t matter what they liked or didn’t like as long as they accomplished what they set out to do.

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You may not be hosting a family from a foreign country, but how many times did you feel that your preschooler had to “like” the way things were done that day? From putting on a winter coat to having a “nap opportunity” that they desperately needed (that you desperately needed!). As parents, we constantly struggle with the pressure of making sure everyone likes every decision we make, and that can be exhausting.

The truth is, if we can teach our kids how to face the things they do not like, we...
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