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First-Time Parent? 3 Ways to Learn More and Get Confident with Your Kid

Becoming a parent for the first time is both exciting and challenging. Moms and dads are eager to get everything right, but often, they don’t know how. A couple of generations ago, families tended to live closer together, with older relatives teaching the younger how to be good parents. Nowadays with more families separated by distance, new parents often lack readily accessible advice. The following suggestions may help.

Ask Relatives

Even if older, experienced family members don’t live nearby, contact them. Make a short visit, use FaceTime, or even text your questions and concerns. Many if not most middle-age parents are more than willing to offer advice on raising children. Even if you don’t agree with all their tips, you are likely to receive useful suggestions that may save you time, money, or frustration. For example, a relative may be able to explain traditional ways of dealing with colic or recommend a local pediatrician. They can sometimes reassure you that “everything is normal” when you feel that something is wrong with the baby.

Join a Parent Group

Many parenting groups exist in small and large communities and offer mutual support and encouragement. Frequently organized by schools, libraries, and churches, these groups enable parents to exchange advice and even set up play dates for their children, especially if there are no same-age infants or toddlers in the family. Online parent groups may include even more members with plentiful insight on common childhood and parenting issues. Some groups invite speakers or offer workshops on specialized topics like breastfeeding or childhood vaccinations.

Take Parenting Lessons

New parents or parents-to-be often become anxious or worried about how little they know about caring for an infant. Feedings, sleep patterns, and other child-related questions are addressed in classes like Smarter Parenting that are taught by professionals to train and reassure moms and dads on how to raise children. More complex issues like symptoms of childhood illness, discipline, and learning capabilities are also covered by experts in these areas. When there is a lack of friends or relatives to consult about babies, signing up for parenting lessons might be the answer.

Although having a baby is a natural phenomenon, caring for one is not always easy. Experienced friends and family members can answer questions that arise, while professional training offers comprehensive guidance for new parents. Contact sources like these to banish anxiety and get ready for the arrival of your little bundle of joy.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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