Being a parent is exciting. However, there are so many things that you have to figure out. Some things you can learn with your parentsí help, but there are things you have to figure out on your own.
You will start as a parent who knows nothing about handling a newborn baby. While it is an exciting chapter in your life, it can also be scary. Thankfully, your parents have been through this when they were taking care of you. They will have a lot of tips that you will find useful. What do you do when your baby is sick? Your mother can help you with that and no, it wonít make you look like a weak person.
Adapt to Changes
Your parents will give the best advices, but you have to identify the ones that may not work anymore. For example, if they used to believe in a medical cure that has been proven ineffective by science, you might want to skip that. The same goes for product recommendations. The brand of formula milk your mother used to give you may have changed and isnít the safest option anymore. If you have enough proof, donít be scared to go against what your parents say. You are a parent now, after all, and the wellbeing of your child is what matters.
Be Strict but Gentle
A growing child will be curious about everything. You need to give them some space for curiosity because this will help develop their brain functions.
However, if the growing child is starting to do things that are dangerous, a responsible parent has to step in. You also need to be strict when it comes to other relatives handling your baby. Lay down some rules about feeding the baby something that may not be suited for the childís sensitive stomach and make sure that everybody follows them.
You can Never Take Too Many Pictures
Babies grow up so fast that you will miss their smaller version soon. Make a photo album and record their growth. Keep their first shoes and clothes and imprint their footprint on a painting. Videotape their birthdays and take family pictures every year. Then when they are old enough to treasure these things, show it to them. This way, you wonít miss the first baby you had and youíll be able to relive the memories as if they were just yesterday.
Close the Gap
You and your growing child come from different generations. Your child will want to explore the things around him and some of them may not be familiar to you. Let them learn things that other children their age are learning. In fact, why not learn these things yourself and be the one to teach them?
Nobody starts as the perfect parents. You will make mistakes and that is okay. Take each mistake as a lesson and make sure that you keep them in mind. When it comes to your kids, always encourage them to learn new things and let them know that they have permission to explore and make mistakes too. Donít be a dictatoróbe a guide.