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Parenting Tips for the New Parent

Aug 17, 2007
The most important function an individual may have in life is often the one function least prepared for. Parenting is the hardest job a person may ever have. The most training people receive for this job is simply the experience of being raised by their own parents.

There are some courses for parenting in high school and college but these are limited in their curriculum. Some high schools have a course where the students are required to carry around an egg for several days to provide parenting tips of what having an infant to care for is like. But if caring for an infant simply entailed preventing the shell from being cracked while performing life's daily activities, parenting would be a lot easier. Becoming a parent is the hardest thing to prepare for. Each child is an individual and will require different love and nurturing than any other child.

The most basic parenting tip for the new parent is 'Do not panic'. This may seem humorous but is actually quite a practical parenting tip. Babies respond to the environment and attitude around them. As a parent, remaining relaxed and calm will help the infant to be relaxed and calm. This can be hard to do as a new parent but must be achieved to keep the home more peaceful for everyone.

It is good if the new parent can have help, for a short time, from an older experienced parent who is calm and self-assured. Most of the time, one of the grandmothers of the infant will stay with the family to offer parenting tips and support. New parents need to be ready to accept this help. If the grandparents are not available, other support can be found from a neighbor or perhaps an older person in ones church. Some hospitals may have a list of volunteer "grandparents" that will help new parents.

Parenting Tips for the Future

The most important parenting tip for the lifetime of the parent is to realize that the child is going to make mistakes. This is easily said but often harder to deal with in reality. Being a parent is about helping the child avoid the most dangerous mistakes and handling failures and successes. This begins with teaching a child the stove is hot and continues into their adulthood with career and family decisions. Many small children, after told the stove is hot, will reach up and touch it. As a parent, be ready with cold water for the burn and then reinforce the teaching.

A parent shouldn't berate the child for doing what is a natural response. A parent just needs to begin to teach the child that a parent has instruction which is valid for life. This experience may help the child to realize that when given instruction about more dangerous things such as drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex the instruction is probably worth listening to. No one enjoys a burnt finger and the child will want to prevent further pain.
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