The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life and continued breastfeeding for as long as possible. As babies grow at different paces, health professionals should advise the mother on the appropriate time when her baby should start receiving complementary foods.
Growing Up with Your Children
Raising a child is not only a learning experience for your child, but also for you and your partner as well. It can be a challenge to find out how to provide your child with a strong foundation for life, whether in terms of character, or in physical health. Here’s how you can grow together with your child.
Don’t be afraid to follow your own path
You are not your parents. What might have worked with you or with other parents may not work with your child. After all, your child will probably have different growing circumstances in a different generation or era.
Set the ground rules – and follow them!
It’s important to instil good discipline in your child from the get-go by teaching them to differentiate between acceptable and non-acceptable behaviour. By laying down the rules of how they’re expected to behave, you’ll be building a base for your child to grow into a responsible adult. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Be consistent with your discipline.
- Explain these rules in age-appropriate terms.
Always make time for quality time
You won’t believe the wonders that a little quality time can do to strengthen the bond between you and your child. Instead of keeping them occupied with smartphones and gadgets, take the opportunity to develop their social and emotional skills by participating in activities together.
- Physical activities: Teach your child a new sport or a new skill like riding a bicycle.
- Relaxing activities: Go for a walk in a park, or watch a movie together.
- Everyday activities: Cooking and baking with your child can help fine-tune their motor skills.
Make mistakes and learn from them
Being a parent is a learning process, in which you have to actively be aware and correct yourself. While there are guidelines and resources online to help you out, it all boils down to experience. You learn, reflect and adjust. Don’t punish yourself too hard if you make any mistakes. Like every skill you make an effort to learn, you will definitely find yourself getting better at it with time.
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