This is a partnered post.
Raising a child has to be one of the most nerve-wracking and insecure processes ever found. Of course, that makes it sound like a terrible process, yet it’s most certainly not. It can be one of the most satisfying and important tasks a person can ever have, certainly something that defines a parent for most of their life. However, even the most secure, confident and able parent would likely concede that raising a new human being, from scratch, is a big ask. It’s hard not to question if you’re doing things right from time to time, even if all signs point to healthy development and a loving household.
It can be nice to have a few concrete principles to abide by in order to ensure we raise our children in the best manner. Everyone has their own view on the smaller metrics of parenting, such as appropriate bedtimes, if a child should have their ears pierced or not, or many other smaller variables parents get to decide. However, there are some timeless principles that can allow any parent the chance of movement going forward – and we’d like to warmly suggest some:
Healthy Child Care
Finding a health space for them to be protected and nurtured when you have other responsibilities (such as managing an additional career), can be important and will give you the means to feel peace of mind. The best child care is that which is nourishing, such as preschool options that prepare a child for the schooling system, or after-school childminding services that allow a carefully curated social and developmental scene for your child to enjoy.
Discipline is a concept that grows in complexity as your child ages. However, boundaries are important to lay down during their toddler years. Enforcing the same bedtime every night, for instance, will help them enjoy a routine sleep schedule necessary to help them recover from each day of wakefulness. When they can eat rough foods, ensuring that vegetables become a staple part of their diet, and never simply relaxing on fried or oven foods to ensure they eat something, can set a precedent that will contribute throughout their entire lifetime. Applicable discipline, tailored to their age range, is essential to build in this instance.
Let Them Be Children
Just let them be children. Too many parents feel as though their child needs to grow up quickly, or may fail in preventing them from accessing certain content online while using the family tablet, or may, through virtue of their older siblings, see them introduced to mature concepts they shouldn’t really be worried about. Just let them be children. A ten-year-old girl can happily play with her toys, for instance, without having to ‘grow up’ or feel ashamed of doing so. The social media age can make children seem mature above their years, and that’s not healthy. Don’t be afraid of letting your children be children. They have more than enough time in their lifespan to focus on their adulting years.
With this advice, we hope you can help any child develop in the healthiest manner possible. They deserve it.