How to Tell if Your Toddler Isn't Ready for Preschool

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play doughOne minute you're holding your newborn baby, next thing you know, your little one is already 3 years old! Time to sign up for preschool. Time for dress-up, play dough, sandboxes, snack time, and singing in circle time. Yay!

But wait -- maybe you think your toddler is ready for preschool. But is he, really? Is the preschool ready for her? Better think this through a bit, first. Here are some signs your toddler might not be so ready for preschool after all.

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1. When you ask your toddler, "Show Mommy your knee!" he bites you on the knee.

2. Whenever you introduce your kid to anther child, the first thing he says is "MINE!" and tries to tear the kid's hair off her head.

3. Your child only knows one word: NO.

4. You haven't been able to wrest your kid's security blanket out of her hands long enough to wash out the E. coli, snot, vomit, dirt, and chocolate pudding and it's been declared a bio-hazard by the local health department.

5. You're down to just eight tantrums a day -- hooray! That's still not low enough.

6. Your kid will only nap after 15 renditions of "The Mermaid Cafe" in five different languages, exactly three tablespoons of strawberry yogurt, two trips to the potty, and the sight of your exasperated tears.

7. Your child's food allergies list is longer than the novel War and Peace.

8. You have a really picky eater: He only eats other kids' food.

9. Your child knows all the words to "This Is the Song That Never Ends" and has been singing it since October.

10. Your child takes an ideological stand against learning letters and numbers.

Does any of this sound familiar? I dunno, that might mean you need to wait a bit before unleashing your child up on the public. But hey, I'm not judging! Just looking out for those intrepid preschool teachers.

Have you ever wondered if your child is really ready for preschool?


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Rebecca Steil-Lambert

I very much resent the writer's comment about FOOD ALLERGIES having ANYTHING to do with "readiness" for pre-school. HOW IGNORANT ARE YOU?! If a child has Asthma, do you second-guess his readiness? No. In some children who face illness and obstacles such as health challenges, it uniquely prepares him or her EVEN MORE for pre-school because he or she has had novel experiences and adjustments that "healthy" children have not been forced to face. Your comment implies that food allergies are an attitude problem, and I would like to repectfully like to point out to you that the attitude problem is YOURS. On behalf of all the children out there with celiac and gluten, wheat, nut and shellfish and citrus...ETC allergies, shame on you

Polka... Polkadotted

That's a list of reasons why a child needs preschool... they need social interaction!

Samantha Ueno

Yea, I know it's satire, but I was a preschool teacher for 3 years teaching 2-3 year olds, and yes, there were tantrums, yes, they are rebellious little creatures, but us teachers stick to three things; set rules, logical consequence, and routines, which surprisingly works 99% of the time. Children only stayed for lunch after they were used to preschool and the routine, and so I have never seen a child take food from another child's lunchbox. They know there would be consequences for that, such as a time-out or not being able to have dessert, perhaps even giving the child they stole from their dessert. As other commenters have noted, usually parents do not believe us when we tell them how well-behaved their child is. 

masastan masastan

Going to preschool would help correct a lot of these things. As an educator in the field of early childhood education (aka - infant to 3rd grade) who is continuing her education in the field too (4.0 GPA - yay for this hard workin' mom of six!) I wouldn't say that I would be thrilled that your child is in my preschool class, but I would love to work WITH you on correcting the behaviors that are deemed negative and helping you give your child the best he or she could get from an early start on their education because those first five years are THE most important and the ones where your child's brain grows the most.

erinv... erinvictoria19

 I didn't take any of it seriously.  I think it was supposed to be a moment that a stressed out mom could laugh for a minute.  

Tracey Silva Cook

I didn't send my daughter to preschool until the year before kindergarten.Didn't much see the point in sending her any earlier.Once they go to school,they are in school for the rest of their childhood.Why rush it?


kelli... kelliehelvie

IT'S A JOKE. Relax people...

Linda Hall

LMAO!!! That was hilarious!!!

looki... looking4mychild

Except for the comments from the ladies who actually are or have been preschool teachers, everyone else complaining needs to relax.  This list is not taken from Chapter 4 of the Parenting Manual.  That is to say, IT'S A JOKE.  That being said, get over it!  PS, I laughed hysterically at that "if you're kid has a list of allergies longer than War and Peace".  My SD has that problem.  She's allergic to nuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, milk, shellfish, regular fish etc etc (the only things she can eat are Lays potato chips and Skittles).  But she's in 5th grade now.  I remember when she was in preschool though, her teachers kept a close eye to make sure that she wasn't eating other kids food, and they weren't eating hers.  Allergies are becoming more and more of a serious issue, and children are dying because of them.  Doesn't mean they shouldn't go to preschool, but it doesn't mean parents should make a good strong attempt to make sure that both child and teacher now what the child can and cannot eat.

Lawrephordlawrence Hordy

I should have been in grade one when I was one and a half years old becaiuse I would have been away from a criminal neighbour that nearly killed me by molestation I swelled up for three months solid nearly dead Vicker's Heights thunder bay ontario canada ALSO iii would have grade one memorized before three years of age

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