Preschool Wisdom

Book Overview


     You can understand your preschooler like never before by reading Preschool Wisdom: What Preschoolers Desperately Want to Tell Parents and Grandparents. Unlike other parenting books, this one is written from the perspective of Lori, a fictional four-year-old girl. Because it's written from a child's perspective, it offers fresh solutions that other books don't. The short chapters fit your busy life, the insights will surprise you, the practical tips really work, and the humor will keep you reading.


You'll learn:


  • How your preschooler thinks, and how you should respond
  • Family-tested solutions to thorny adult-child conflict
  • Practical tips drawn from many parents and grandparents


What Reviewers Say About the Book


     "An entertaining and unusual look at life through the eyes of a bright and sensitive four-year-old. Lori provides some useful and unexpected insights for parents."


Dr. Tom Phelan, best-selling author of 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12


      "As a grandmother of six 'young theologians,' I warmed to the lessons that Lori teaches. What a clever and amusing way to have our grandparenting and parenting skills examined and honed! This is a wonderful gift for parents and grandparents."


Jane Patete, Women's Ministries Coordinator, Presbyterian Church in America




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Book Excerpt from Preschool Wisdom

Chapter 1

The Cookie Principle

Tuesday, March 2nd

HI, TOMMY, THIS is Lori. You know, your big sister. Since you’re only two months old and I’m four years old, I’m going to explain some stuff to you about kids and grown-ups. I know what it’s like for you. I used to be little too.


There’s all kinds of real important stuff you need to know about being a kid. I’ll tell you ’cause Mommy and Daddy can’t. They used to know it when they were kids, but they’ve forgotten it all ’cause it’s been grown-ups for a long time. But don’t worry, little brother. I’ll explain it all to you.


The first thing you need to know is that grown-ups can’t make up their minds. They can’t decide ’cause they don’t know what they want. I know what I want. I want a cookie, but Mommy said, “No, how about a banana?” She said, “A cookie will ruin your appetite for dinner.” But I don’t want a banana; I want a cookie.


You see, grown-ups always try to get us kids to do stuff we don’t want to do. They make us try foods we don't like, and if we want to watch TV, they tell us to play a game. We know what we want, but they try to get us to like other stuff. By the time we get to be Mommy and Daddy’s age, we won’t know what we want anymore. But I’m a kid, and I know what I want.


But Mommy and Daddy don’t know what they want. They can’t decide whether to leave the toilet seat up or down. Daddy wants it up, but Mommy wants it down. They talked real loud about it today. I asked, “Why are you arguing?” Daddy said, “We’re not arguing. We’re discussing.” After they were done, I snuck in the bathroom and put the toilet seat back up so I could hear them discuss it again.


And they can’t decide if they want to move to a different town. They should listen to me ’cause I’m a kid, and it’s easy for me to decide. I don’t want to move ’cause I like living here.


But Mommy and Daddy don’t know what they want. Mommy doesn’t know what she wants to fix for dinner. I told her, “You should fix cookies.” She said no. And lots of times, she can’t decide what to wear.


Daddy’s just as bad. He can’t decide what to watch on TV. He uses his remote control and changes channels all the time. He doesn’t know what he wants to watch ’cause he’s been a grown-up too long. I bet when he was a kid he wanted to watch lots of cartoons, but his parents made him watch other shows. And I bet he wanted cookies real bad, but his parents made him eat other stuff. Now he doesn’t know what he wants.


Daddy doesn’t even know which job he wants. Somebody offered him a job in Detroit. That’s why we might move. He is thinking about changing jobs, but he can’t decide. So Daddy listened to a CD about how to be a success. I heard part of it. The man on the CD said if you want to be a success, you have to know what you want and go after it. That means I’m going to be a big success ’cause I know what I want. I really want a cookie.


When the CD was over, Mommy sat next to Daddy, and asked him, “Which job do you really want?” He looked at Mommy, and said, “I don’t know.” So Mommy hugged him. I hugged him too. And I gave him a cookie.



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