Whether you’ve chosen to be a solo parent or have an entire village helping you along the way, raising children is a learning experience. It is an adventure, that’s for certain, but not one without bumps in the road. Starting at birth, there are new things to learn each day, and your child may not follow the same path as everyone else’s. As they grow from a baby to a toddler to a teen, things will change with each passing day. From what to expect at the hospital to how to help them recover from the dreaded college rejection letter, the following resources from ImagineNation can help you help your child transition from infant to adolescent to young adult.
Your Parenting Journey Starts Here
You can never be too prepared for parenthood. The transition from the hospital to home is the most crucial. Here’s how to survive the first days (then weeks and months) of being a parent:
- Knowing what to expect during the big day will alleviate a lot of your anxiety.
- You’ll find your hands full when you’re a parent. Getting your child to take naps will give you back precious time.
- Your child’s safety is your priority. This childproofing checklist will offer you peace of mind.
Rock Summer Breaks
Summer break is loaded with opportunities. Make the most of every moment with these resources:
- Do some childproofing before turning children loose in your backyard!
- Upgrades can make the space more fun for the whole family.
- Summer and before- and after-school programs at ImagineNation give your kids something to do when you have your hands full.
Time Flies By So Fast
Before you know it, you’re dealing with teenage hormones and the prospect of an empty nest. These resources can help you cope:
- Academic performance is not the be-all and end-all for a bright future for your child, but it remains a key factor for their success as adults — make sure to keep them supported.
- Deciding on the right school for your child deserves more than a passing thought.
- It’s important to encourage a healthy body image in your teens early on and help stave off social media’s influence.
- While the teenage years are a time for self-discovery, you do want to set ground rules, such as a curfew.
Remember to Take Care of Yourself
When you’re raising kids, forgetting to look after yourself can often be a problem. To ensure you’re giving yourself a little love, remember to pursue things that interest you.
- If you want to develop an exercise routine you’ll stick with, there are fitness hacks designed specifically for parents.
- Have you always wanted to learn a new language? There are several apps (free and premium) that can help you on your linguistic journey.
- Don’t rule out going back to school if it’s something that interests you. For example, you can enroll in a program suited to IT professionals — all online. Who knows? This could inspire your child to follow their own dreams of higher education.
Remember that your child is unique. They may not, for example, be as confident as their peers, and many take on a rebellious streak. Fear not, because the bittersweet reality is that these years are fleeting, and just when you get the hang of it, your children are adults with families of their own.
Blog by: Carrie Spencer from thespencersadventures.net