I think a lot of how a child is as an adult has a lot to do with the early years. We can feel a lot of guilt as parents. We want to do what is right for them. But how do we know for sure what we do is the best? The thing is we don’t. But there are many things that we can do to settle that guilt. To ensure, we do give them the best start. What they choose to do with it growing up is out of our hands. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of things you could consider in the early stages of your child’s life. Maybe it will put your mind at ease that you are doing the best you can.
Look after yourself while trying to conceive and when pregnant
It may seem like an obvious point to make, but it’s essential to look after your body when trying to conceive. Of course, throughout your pregnancy as well. This means keeping up with regular activity, however, toned down a little to protect your developing baby. It’s important to be mindful of what you are putting into your body. It recommended to take a supplement of folic acid up to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It would also be a good idea to look at increasing your intake of Vitamin D. Both of which help your developing baby grow in those crucial early stages.
You need to make sure you are getting plenty of rest. Your body is doing something incredible and miraculous, so try and respect that.
Set up a savings account when they are born
While this isn’t necessary for every parent to do it can be a great way to ensure a good start for children. It doesn’t have to be too much. What many parents choose to do is open up an account when their child is born. They can put in as little or as much as they want. It’s a great way to save for college or university. Even maybe putting it towards their first car. While money isn’t the most important thing in the world, or to a child’s life. It can provide a lot of stability and support for the future.
Try not to spoil them too much
It can be hard to resist temptation of buying yet another toy your child is screaming out for but you must not give in. This is because pandering your child’s every want is potentially going to make them spoilt. What you need to establish is a fine line to being treated and for them showing gratitude for what they have. The last thing you will want is for your child to take for granted all the things they have in life. It isn’t always the case for some kids.
Hobbies can be helpful
When it comes to giving children different skills and interest, introducing them to hobbies can help them to learn where they have talent and what they feel passionate about. Whether it is gymnastics for children or learning a musical instrument there is so much that they can gain from having a hobby. Plus it can help them to feel less bored and use their spare time wisely.
Take care of their diet and nutrition
As parents we can worry a lot about our children’s nutrition. Especially if we have found ourselves with a fussy eater. Why is that children just choose to eat beige food? This can be a big worry for parents. With many articles printed almost daily about good nutrition and diets we can feel guilt about all sorts. The best thing any parent can do is to keep on trying. Children develop fussy habits over time. It’s important to remain consistent and encourage healthy eating. Even if it isn’t always possible each day. You are doing your best by offering children a different variety of food. Thankfully these days there is a lot of recipes online that provide you with many firm family favourites with hidden vegetables. Making those yummy meals more nutritious that the whole family can enjoy. Don’t let the guilt takeover. Every parent deals with a fussy eater at some stage. It’s just how you choose to tackle the situation that makes things different.
A stable environment
Children thrive when they feel love. Imagine a newborn baby. It gets showered with affection. Fed on demand and can cry when something is wrong and have it resolved. As children get older you may not be showering them with as many kisses, but the love and attention needs to continue. This enables you to a raise a confident child.
Let’s hope these suggestions help you to give your child the best start in life.