You know that when your child/children were born, your entire perspective on life changed in an instant. This may have happened as soon as you found out you were expecting, or when you noticed how big the bump got, also. For years and years, you worried about the smallest little instances and the weirdest idiosyncrasies, but as soon as your offspring arrived, they became the priority. All of your selfish worries vanished into nothing – they really didn’t matter anymore.
As a parent, your job is to keep that little terror in the best condition possible. Mentally, physically, socially – all of the above; if they’re doing well and they look set to have a marvellous, happy future ahead of them, then you’re doing it right. While the baby was growing in the belly, you guys probably did loads of research and attended lots of classes – which is obviously the right thing to do. You never really fully learn, though; you’re always picking up new things. This will be the case until you’re no longer on this Earth!
If you’re an expecting parent, or you feel as though you need a few more pointers (let’s face it, you always will!), then hopefully the following points will be able to give you a few more ideas on how to bring up a wonderfully healthy little sweetheart.
Watch What You’re Feeding Them
You obviously know the basics regarding what you should and shouldn’t be giving your baby, toddler, or infant. But how much do you really know about nutrition? Sure, it shouldn’t be something to massively worry about, but you could be giving them stuff they really shouldn’t be eating. A lot of parents just get whatever they can because they’re busy or stressed out. Put some effort into this; it can be a pretty big deal at times. Obviously, you don’t want to feed them too much; they may develop an eating habit which will only be detrimental to them going forward. It can be pretty easy to do this kind of thing as you’ll want to make sure they’re properly nourished.
Keep Home Safe
A lot of people forget to baby/child-proof their home. This often leads to dangerous situations unfolding. Make sure the home is safe for them to roam around in – you never know what can happen. Sharp corners, loose items on desks, plug sockets – they can all be pretty nasty to deal with, especially for a youngster.
Limit Their Time Looking At Screens
As time has gone on, we’ve developed a collective addiction to phone, tablet, and computer screens. These gadgets have done a lot of good, but they can also damage our eyes, brains, and physicality. Sure, if you want to download Netflix on Mac, windows, or your TV, then it wouldn’t be a problem. Just make sure they’re not staring for hours on end. A lot of parents tend to give them an iPad to look at in order to keep them occupied – this can be a pretty neglectful decision.
Watch Who They Play With
This shouldn’t be said, because, in an ideal world, everyone is lovely to each other. Unfortunately, it’s not the case. Some kids can be a little rough around the edges in terms of their attitudes towards others. Bullying can have a massive effect on someone’s personality for years to come – even at a very tender age. Make sure you look out for anything like that.