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Chapter 8. Managing the Preschool Years > Striking the Right Balance

Striking the Right Balance

Striking the right balance for your family means making sure that the needs and interests of everyone are taken into account and accommodated on an evenhanded basis. In one sense, that's what this whole book is about: organizing the family's schedule so that it works for everyone. Striking the right balance for your preschoolers means making sure that they are not just relegated to tagging along with the rest of the family.

But we don't mean that you have to cram every free moment with a structured preschool activity. For a young person, everything in the world is a new experience. Every task, no matter how repetitious to an adult, is a learning opportunity to a four year old. So, although preschoolers don't always need a structured activity, they do always need time to process what they've experienced throughout the day. In part, this is why young children need more sleep than adults. Some quiet time during the day also helps their learning.



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