As the parent of a newborn you should set up some parenting priorities that will last throughout your little one's...
As the parent of a newborn you should set up some parenting priorities that will last throughout your little one's childhood. There are three key areas of parenting that I think all parents need to consider - health, safety, and emotional support. After that the issues you care about most of course will be based on your own personal parenting philosophy. I'm bringing this up because I recently had a run in with a friend who doesn't seem to believe that her kids would lie to her. She'll ask the kids, "Did you brush your teeth yet?" the kids say "YES" but all evidence points elsewhere.
- The kids come out of their room, go straight to the living room. When the mom asks if they've brushed, they've never actually left the living room, which of course would be required to brush their teeth.
- If you head into the bathroom the kids toothbrushes stand, fully dry, nice and new looking as if they've never been used.
- The toothpaste and floss is in exactly the same spot as it was two days ago when you visited - and I don't mean a spot for storage, it literally has not moved.
- Vaccines - should you get them for your child or not.
- Practice SIDS prevention.
- How to feed your child a healthy diet and hopefully encourage a love of veggies.
- Learn how to keep it together in an emergency situation.
- Play with your baby and encourage exercise early on.
- Protect your little one's skin.
- Baby proofing know how is a must as is knowing how to help a choking baby or child.
- Learn baby and child CPR and first aid. AND keep a fully stocked first aid kit in your car and at home.
- Know the basic signs of poisoning.
- Raise a nice child.
- Learn about drowning dangers.
- Make sure your little one practices good dental hygiene from the baby years onward and visits the doctor for health check-ups regularly.
- Consider removing "NO" from your vocabulary.
- Raise a positive and confident child.