When your child arrives at the point in their preschool years when they understand that the rules you have made for him can be questioned you will most likely hear these words, "Why do I have to----? Perhaps he is aware that other kids have rules that are different from his. Or, he may not understand why some of the rules you have made for your family are enforced by you. He needs reasons. This may be the perfect time to explain that everyone has to follow certain rules, even you. Talk about how government works and laws are made. Explain to him that the rules you make for him to follow will help him learn to stay out of trouble and get along with others, just as the laws that you have to follow do. You can name some of those laws such as taking things that don't belong to you, lying to other people, following driving rules when using the car, etc. When he comes up with a question that is appropriate for an authority to answer suggest that you help him write to the person you feel can help him. If you need to write the letter for him, use his words, make it simple and be sure he prints his own name above his first and last name you put at the end of the letter. As you write this formal communication to someone like the President of The United States, explain to him just what you are doing. He needs to learn the necessity of including his address, the date and his name. Rest assured that the White House will answer even the simplest letter that has a logical question that they can answer, and think about how excited your youngster will be when he gets that letter in the mail from The White House addressed to him. It will not only answer his question, but will teach him that all people are important to our government. Learning how to write and send a letter is an important first step in communicating with others no matter where they live. The cost of sending a letter and learning what the Post Office does to help us do that is important information for your preschool child to begin to understand as well.
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