When should parents start raising their children
From an early age, babies want to discover their environment and try new things. At some point, parents are inevitably faced with the task of showing their offspring their limits. At the latest, when the first typical everyday “dangers” in the household appear, many parents ask themselves whether their child’s upbringing should begin at this point.
At what point do you start speaking about education?
The basic rule is: Within the first six months, you cannot raise your baby at all. It has to do with the developmental stage of your toddler. During this growth phase, he can neither assess the meaning of “yes” and “no” nor differentiate between right and wrong decisions. To date, what it has been doing exclusively is drawing attention to its vital needs. You don’t have to worry about spoiling your child during this period or “forgive” them. You can only speak of a first educational action as soon as your child wants to satisfy more needs than their instincts – and specifically draws attention to themselves.
Rituals and rhythm as forerunners of educational action
Even if your baby can neither do right nor wrong within the first six months: with the help of certain practices and times of the day, you can prepare him for the upcoming upbringing in the best possible way. Because a regular day and night rhythm already reveals to your darling that later it will have to accept rules and boundaries.
Learning to set boundaries for the baby
Over time – around the age of 12 months – you can slowly and steadily start with parenting activities. You can ask your baby to be patient with a clear conscience from now on. For example, when your child immediately wants something or whines for no apparent reason. There is also nothing wrong with “forbidding” your offspring of small things. However, it may take a few months for your upbringing to bear fruit. Ultimately, your darling only gradually learns to understand the words “yes” and “no”.
How to properly raise your toddler
At first, a definite “no” is enough to show your baby his limits. Then, if you want, you can, of course, justify your announcement to your darling. However, it would help not repeat the “no” umpteen times, but only say it in urgent situations.
In any case, be consistent – stick to a “No” once you’ve said it! Because only then will your child know how serious the situation is and continue to take this limit seriously.
Praise your toddler instead of punishing them because punishment does nothing for small children since they cannot know what they have done wrong anyway.
It is better to set fewer limits educationally but consistently implement a “no” for it if a boundary.
Establish sensible and understandable rules. Explain to your youngster what they mean and why they are essential – even if your child does not yet understand the words.
Don’t shy away from conflict, but don’t convey your direction in an aggressive or intimidating manner either. Instead, always give your child affection and warmth, even when testing their limits.
If the situation allows, you should be flexible and allow any exceptions. It can be the case, for example, when your child learns something new through play or carefully explores unfamiliar territory in your presence.