In Balance & Thrive, Parenting by alexabrett1 Comment

It’s okay for parents to ask questions. Kids don’t come with a manual. We all wish they did. It’s kind of mind boggling that we go through nine months of pregnancy and after just a few days in the hospital—where nurses are too busy to train you in the art of parenting—we are sent home with barely “a good luck”. Some new parents have family members to mentor them, others wing it hoping that parenting is in their DNA. I won’t lie, I expected it to be in my DNA too. I soon realized that I needed all the help and information I could get. I signed up for my first child development class when my oldest son was probably around nine months. The more I learned, the more there was to learn. There are many resources out there, besides books and websites, here are just a few:

  • Parents you admire
  • Your child’s medical team
  • Community support network
  • Mommy-and-me clubs
  • Parent coaches
  • Pediatric occupational therapists
  • Multi-disciplinary early interventionists

Another option is to audit a child development class at your local community college or try your local hospital (many provide parenting classes or support groups). Although it is intimidating at first to admit that we need help, or that we don’t know everything, getting the answers we seek and feeling supported makes it all worth it. It is important to ask questions. It not only goes a long way in relieving our stress, but it also gives us the skills we need to succeed as parents.



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