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Getting Off On the Right Foot: Positive Parenting Tips for New Moms

by Rebecca Eanes

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Tip #3: Show Respect

He can’t yet walk or talk, but he’s a whole human being worthy of respect right from the start. We often treat babies as if they were playthings. We scoop them up without asking, wipe their faces without warning, and some even smack their hands when they pull hair or touch something they shouldn’t, and so on.

I really love Janet Lansbury’s approach to treating babies with respect. Please read her article No Way to Treat a Baby to understand why this is an important topic. Respect is key in positive parenting, and seeing your child as a whole person will help you build a healthy relationship and shows her how to respect you, others, and herself. 

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Tip #4: Take Tender Care of You

Babies require a lot of time and attention, and getting any time for you is tricky in that first year. The sleep deprivation makes it that much harder, I know. Try to make sure you’re getting enough sleep to function on. Sleep when the baby sleeps is good advice, but it may not be doable, especially if you have other children.

Brainstorm ideas with your family and try to get the rest you need. If you’re feeling socially isolated, join a local mom’s group. Don’t try to go motherhood alone. Treat yourself to a trip to the salon or a new outfit. Get a bit of exercise every day. How you feel matters!

Following these tips will help you build a secure attachment with your baby, and that secure attachment will benefit her for a lifetime!

Related Article: 7 Tips for Transitioning to Positive Parenting

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 

 

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