Advice for preschool parents

Sandra Van Nest.

Matheny social worker Sandra Van Nest will be giving a special presentation on “Parenting Your Preschooler” at 7 p.m. on October 4 at the Peapack-Gladstone, NJ, Library. She will be speaking to parents in the community about the joys and challenges of living with a preschool child. Typical developmental milestones will be reviewed, and parents will learn how to turn the “terrible twos,” “theatrical threes” and “floundering fours” into “terrific twos,” “the best threes” and “fabulous fours.”

Van Nest, a licensed clinical social worker, is a field supervisor in Matheny’s Community Services department. She works in the community providing developmental and behavioral therapy to children 0-3 years old with developmental delays. Van Nest has a wide variety of experience with children from infancy through their teenage years. She believes that families are always the “expert on their own children,” and she strives to empower families to know a variety of parenting and discipline techniques.