Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Answer All the Questions Your Preschooler Will Ask

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Answer All the Questions Your Preschooler Will Ask

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Make no mistake about it. Child care centers and nursery schools bear a close resemblance to singles bars. Four-year-olds-and some advanced threes-think about falling in love almost as much as twenty-somethings. That's why my four-year-old daughter was standing in the Dress-up Corner in her wedding veil screaming to Michael who was trying to play trucks, `Michael get over here and marry me... my veil is falling off. Louder truck noises. `All right Michael ifyou don't come and marry me today you can't come to my birthday party. "

"So, "I said the next day. "You're married to Sammy instead?"

"Well, "she sighed, "I had the veil on, so I had to marry somebody."

This is a sample of the hilarious, dead-on right descriptions of life with threeto five-year-olds in Sandi Kahn Shelton's new book, Preschool Confidential (see our front page story). She gives advice on how to rank tantrums on a Richter scale, coping when the four food groups become Cheerios, Jell-O, lollipops and macaroni and cheese, toy fads you never planned for and ducking the sex question that comes up at the most inopportune moment. …

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