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Starting Strong from the Very Beginning
Bringing a baby home from the hospital can be one of the
sweetest and scariest moments all at the same time. Finally
the work of pregnancy, labor, and delivery is over and
now you have that little baby as a trophy for all that
effort. Or maybe you adopted your baby. Years of waiting
and pursuing have brought you to this point. But now what?
So many ideas are out there about raising children. You
can pick and choose through the libraries of wisdom to
develop your own strategy of parenting. You may try some
things for a while and then switch to something else that
you believe might work better. That’s one of the signs
of a good parent. You have to be flexible and take time
to get to know your baby.
All children are unique and special. There
is no “one right way” to parent. You’ll find wisdom in
books and the vast opinions of moms and dads who have gone
before you but you’ll have to evaluate which of those ideas
is best for you and your baby.
It’s important to start good parenting now. Sure you’ll
need ideas about feeding, bathing, dressing, and carrying
your baby. Most importantly you’ll want to develop a philosophy
of parenting early on. We have a lot of ideas for you and
you’ll find some great help here. But taken as a whole,
the ideas represent a way of living with children that
helps them grow and develop physically, mentally, socially,
emotionally, and spiritually.
We say that parenting is heart work. In fact that’s the
name of one of our books. It would be helpful for you to
read that book as soon as you can because it gives you
a strategy for parenting that goes beyond simple behavior
modification. Read more about Parenting is Heart Work here.
We know that you’ll have many questions about how best
to handle things like sleeping through the night, feeding
schedules, separation anxiety, and other common areas.
And it won’t be long before you’ll be asking questions
about discipline, potty training, and working through other
toddler related issues. You may want purchase the CD set
Toddlers available in our web store.
We have another resource you'll find helpful
now. There's an online support
group for parents of infants. Joanne Miller, RN, BSN manages that support group. She’s
a pediatric nurse and you’ll find that the group offers
wisdom and support from other parents just like yourself.
You’ll learn ideas, discover more resources, and be able
to share your own concerns.
Spiritual development starts now. Talking to your baby,
singing worship songs, and even telling Bible stories is
an excellent way to begin good habits of spiritual interaction.
Be sure to pray for and with your baby often. When parents
pray with each other and with their kids, they develop
spiritual bonds that are so important for families.
As your baby grows and develops you’ll make important
parenting shifts. We want to help you all along the way.
If you haven’t already done so, you might want to sign
up for free email parenting tips. Although those tips are
generally for parenting children ages 2 to 18, you’ll benefit
from seeing the advice go by now to prepare you for what
We have more resources in the works for infants so check
back with us often. We’d love to help you as you continue
to grow as a parent. May God richly bless you and your