You’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and now, for the first time, you’ve become a parent.
While becoming a parent for the first time is exciting, it can also be tough.
You’ll have to tackle a lot of sleepless nights, changing diapers 12 times a day, constant tantrums, and then when your child grows into the early-childhood, you have to answer a lot of questions of your curious little one.
Yet, in between all of those things, you have to focus on nurturing and caring of your child and carefully plan the right parenting style to make sure you raise your little baby into a healthy, independent, and successful person.
All these challenges make first-time parenting an astounding task. To help you in your journey, here are 3 important tips to do first-time parenting in the right way.
Tip 1: Do Proper Nurturing and Caring of Your Newborn
To raise your child in the right way and to make sure your child meets all the developmental milestones, it’s essential to provide them with proper nurturing and caring.
This way, you make a special bond with your child right from the start.
Whether it’s changing your child’s diapers regularly or helping him to explore the world and try new things, proper nurturing and caring will create trust between you and your child. In turn, this will accelerate your baby’s physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development.
You can look at your little one with a glowing smiling face. You can sing for him/her and make him/her involved in everyday activity.
That’s how you can do parenting in the right way, even if you’re a first-time parent.
Tip 2: Set and Celebrate Parenting Milestones
Parenting is a time-consuming task. From infancy to early and middle childhood, you have to constantly look after your child.
To make things a little easy and fun, set small and different parenting milestones and celebrate when they’re fulfilled.
But these milestones don’t need to be limited to normal developmental milestones.
You can even celebrate the crazy ones.
Whether your kid plays with your pet for the first time or starts throwing tantrums around the public, these milestones are worth remembering and celebrating.
This crazy stuff may be embarrassing sometimes, but they mostly mean your child is growing at the right pace. So they’re worth celebrating.
This ensures you as a first-time parent is in the right track.
Tip 3: Use the Right Parenting Style
You’ve successfully raised your first child through infancy and toddler stage and now, your child is in their early childhood.
But this is not the end. Your real test of parenting actually starts now.
How do you successfully raise your child from early childhood to a successful adult?
You do it by adopting the right kind of parenting style.
You should do it by setting clear and high expectations from your child while supporting him/her with all the necessary resources to do it. Set proper limits and fair sets of rules and discipline for your kid while providing love, warmth, and support.
For example, when your kid is demanding another candy even if you’ve already given him/her three candies before, don’t command him/him a straight out “no” or permissively give away another candy.
Instead, you should softly deny it and explain the reason why having another candy is bad for him/her. In this case, it can cause your child to have a cavity that will be painful.
Explain the facts with love to your little one he/she will understand.
According to developmental psychologist Diana Baumrind, this helps your child:
- To be independent, confident, and highly successful.
- To be socially aware.
- To be happy and develop a high level of emotional control.
- To develop a sense of moral justice.
That’s how you can properly raise your child to be a great person.