As a parent you are not just responsible for making sure your child is fed and watered, wearing the nicest clothes, surrounded by the best toys, it goes a lot deeper than that. You are responsible for the type of person your child will become, the emotions they experience and the confidence and security they have in their own environment.
Children and, in particular, babies are not a fashion accessory, they are vulnerable and reliant on you to turn them into decent people.
Discovering you are pregnant or about to become a parent is an exciting time; you spend months creating the nursery, buying little outfits, having a baby shower, with the help of companies like www.showermybaby.co.uk, and thinking of the perfect name.
Having a kid is not a small thing, not only is it one of life’s miracles, it is a massive life changing experience and you are no longer just responsible for you; you have to drop your selfish ways and put someone else first.
There is a lot of debate over the idea of nature vs. nurture; do natural personalities and characteristics outweigh the ones that are created through environments and role models? The answer is no, probably not.
There will be traits that children will continue throughout their lives that are present naturally, but there is every reason to believe that most of their behaviours, views, opinions, and characteristics stem from the influence of their parents.
Let’s simplify thisâ€¦
If a baby, in its formative years, is subjected to a stressful environment, they will be clingy and insecure and this will stay with them, however subtly, for the rest of their lives.
On the flip side, if a child is in a stable and calm environment then they will be confident and secure and this too will show throughout their lives. The outcome of either scenario will be apparent when a child hits five years old and is surrounded by children of their own age.
This puts an immense amount of pressure on parents, on top of the stress they already have from raising a child, but it is so important. If you want to raise a happy, healthy, confident child then make sure the environment you create for them reflects this.
Children look to their parents for reassurance and guidance and they have a right to receive it. No one wants to raise a brat, but it can so easily happen if you do not constantly consider that your child is receptive to your moods.
This is a guest post from Debbie Fletcher. Debbie is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of difference magazines and news publications. Follow her here: @Debbie_Fletch18.