If you’re preparing to welcome a baby into the world, you may feel overwhelmed just thinking about the new role you’ll play as a parent. To make this preparation period a bit easier, however, we’ve compiled a list of resources and tips that will help to guide you through each key stage of development. For some tips on navigating through your child’s early years, grade school days, and adolescence, check out these great resources from MOMnation.
The Early Years: Ages One Through Five
The first five years of a child’s life are some of the most crucial, as this is a time for major brain development and physical growth. The following resources and tips will help you to give your little one everything he or she needs to thrive during this critical stage in your child’s life.
- Welcome to the World of Parenting! Here’s What New Parents Should Know
- Best Ways to Help Children Fall Asleep at Nap Time
- 7 Facts About Toddler Development That Parents Need to Know
The Grade School Years: Ages Six Through 12
As your little one enters grade school and advances his or her reading, writing, and language skills, your child will also begin to develop new interests, form relationships with classmates, and enjoy activities like riding a bike, dancing, painting, or drawing.
- 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School
- How to Praise Your Children: The Right and Wrong Way to Do It
- 10 Ways to Improve Your Grade-Schooler’s Communication Skills
Adolescence: Ages 13 Through 18
As your teen makes the transition from childhood to adulthood, you’ll need to talk to your child about difficult subjects like dating, sex, mental health, and drugs and alcohol. Before you know it, your teen will be applying to college and graduating from high school!
- 13 Difficult Conversations to Have with Your Teens
- 10 Nonnegotiable Rules for Raising a Teenager
- Empty Nest? How to Cope When Your Child Goes Off to College
Don’t Forget About You
Raising a child from the early years through adolescence will require a lot of your time and energy, and it may not seem as though you have room for anything else. However, carving out some much-needed “you” time will not only make you feel better about yourself in the long run, but it can also help improve your skills as a parent.
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- What to Consider Before Going Back to School as a Parent
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Welcoming a child into the world is a huge responsibility that results in many early mornings and sleepless nights—along with 18 or more years of other challenges—but it’s also one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll ever make. Plus, these great tips and resources will help you to overcome some of the challenges associated with parenting—allowing you to focus more of your time and attention on the many joys of parenthood.
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