It really is a life changing experience. Even if you planned for your bundle of joy, the reality can hit you like a ton of bricks. Preparation can help but when face-to-face with a new life that is completely dependent on you, it can be scary. It can be stressful as well as a joyful time but at times and for a lot of new parents, it can be overwhelming.
Nobody is born with all the answers; there is no manual, but we at Suburbia Online have put together some tips that might help.
1. Lead by example
Before flying off the handle in your reactions, remember your child is watching and learning from you. Stop, stay calm and ask yourself: what do I want to achieve out of this situation, then act accordingly. Albeit through gritted teeth, you will be much better off in the long run.
2.Be there, mentally and physically
Just be there. You definitely won't want to do most things your child wants you to do, but having a child comes with responsibilities and you may need to reevaluate and priorities what your child needs over what you want. Being involved in your child's world both physically and mentally on their level can be truly beneficial.
3. Show the love
At all given opportunities show the love. You can never give too much love, or spoil you child with love only replacing love with material things is spoiling. Show the love.
4. Set rules from the beginning
It is so important that you teach your child boundaries and set rules. If you don't manage behaviour from the beginning you are setting yourself up for hardship. In adult life we follow rules and laws to ensure we all live and work together in peace, a lack of this understanding, well, we all know where that leads.
Whatever you do and nobody can tell you how to raise your child, they can only offer guidance and help. Whatever you decide to do, do it with consistency. There is nothing worse than mixed messages.
We hope these few points help.
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