Having a new child is a wonderful beautiful thing that can fill you with so much happiness and joy. Late at night though it can also fill you with terror. It is a lot of pressure to be responsible for someone’s life. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you through some of the issues that can come up.
Make sure your child has time to be a child! Don’t force them to grow up and deal with things too early. Kids are only young once, and it’s important that they get to make the most out of it. Give them time to play and explore and to just be a kid.
Prepare your child for a lifetime of safe street-crossing behavior. Always hold hands, look both ways, and then look both ways again when crossing a street or walking across a parking lot. Starting early will instill the importance of this responsible in your child, keeping them safe and sound as they walk to school or accompany you to the store.
If you need to use the restroom, and your baby is upset at being placed in their carrier, turn on the bathroom fan and sink. Both of these noises mimic the sound of your heartbeat, which your baby was consistently soothed by in the womb. This technique should give you a few quiet minutes to take care of yourself.
Be consistent. Children function better when they know what is going to happen during the day, especially young children. A huge change in schedule or no schedule will give you very crabby children. They will feel like they are out of control, and they will show you that in their behavior.
Engage your older children in making sure your home is safe for a baby or toddler. While older children enjoy more freedom in the household, they may not understand why their small toys or art supplies are dangerous to their younger sibling. Explain the dangers and involve them in keeping your home safe for everyone.
Although it may be uncomfortable for you, it is vital that you teach your teenager about sex as early as possible. It is better that they learn the information from you rather than another source. Also, you are able to teach them how to protect themselves before they become sexually active.
Of course you want to bundle your little one up all toasty-warm in the winter, but be careful not to over-heat her. As parents, we tend to want to layer our kids to death every time they step out into the cold weather. Keep in mind how warm you would be, stuck in a car seat in long-johns, sweatpants, and a snowsuit. Although this may be proper attire for sledding, it might be a bit much for a ride to grandmas in the heated car.
Hopefully you’ve started to breathe now. You can parent and you are going to do a great job at it. We all make mistakes now and then, it’s those mistakes that help us learn the tips we’ve given you. Keep learning and keep loving your child and you will raise a happy healthy child.