As a parent, you’ll already understand how every decision you make for your child feels crucial to their health, happiness, and even success in the future. There is a lot of pressure on parents to keep up with what’s happening on social media, or with celebrity mums and dads, and it can feel overwhelming. As if parenting wasn’t overwhelming enough, right? Well, firstly; you’re doing great. If your little one smiles, and they’re loved, and full of life, then you should keep doing what you’re doing. However, (annoyingly) the challenges you face throughout your baby’s childhood aren’t going to disappear, and some will be more difficult than others. But, you signed up for this (well, a version of this anyway), and you’ll get through them as a family in one piece (that’s a promise).
The best thing is that there are plenty of things you can do to help both you and your child go through changes in circumstances and situations. Growing up is tough enough, so putting your parent hat on will ensure that transitions are as seamless and stress-free as possible. Planning and preparation are your new BFFs, and you’re already utilising the internet, so don’t stop here. Reading through advice and experiences from parents who have been there and done it all before, can be of great comfort. And, luckily there are plenty of resources available online; you’ve just got to start Googling. The following are some tips, ideas, and advice for parents who want to make the right decisions regarding their little ones so that they have a healthy and happy life ahead.
Many parents don’t have much of a choice when it comes to their child’s school; it can often depend on catchment areas and picking the one they like the most out of the selection on offer. Therefore, it’s crucial to make the most of school open evenings and talk to parents and kids who are already attending the place where your little one will potentially head in September. If you do have more options, this can also be an overwhelming experience. Again, you’ll need to get as much information on independent schools and grammar schools as you can so that you’re prepared for what’s next. Your child may have to sit an entrance exam, or there may still be restrictions regarding your location, and other factors. The more knowledge you have regarding the school, the happier you and your child will feel about attending.
Firstly, there’s no use in feeling bad when your little one returns from nursery with a cold; every single child will get poorly at some point (sob), and it’s common knowledge that nurseries and schools are a breeding ground for germs. There are, however, things you can do to ensure that your child is building up their immune system and enjoys a fit and active lifestyle. Feeding times should be regular, with as many different foods as possible, and time outside each day is a must. You might not be able to prevent childhood ailments, but you can ensure that they’re heading into their future full of the good stuff, and with as many positive habits as possible (you’re still doing great).
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