A Parent’s Guide to Navigating Each Stage of Child Development

A guest post: by Gloria Martinez at womenled.org

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Whether you’re preparing to welcome your first, second, or third child into the world, you can never learn too much about raising happy and healthy children. Check out these resources to find tips and advice for navigating each stage of child development, including early and middle childhood and the challenging adolescent years. 

Early and Middle Childhood

There’s a whole lot to know about raising a happy and healthy child, and these resources are just the beginning. 

  • If you’re new to parenthood, Nemours Children’s Health shares a comprehensive guide for first-time parents. 
  • Young children are sponges, so remember to be a good role model to your little one.
  • Learn how to choose the right school for your little one and start searching for top-rated schools near you. 

The Adolescent Years

Adolescence is a challenging time for children and their parents alike. These resources will help you to cope as your child navigates his or her adolescent years. 

  • As your little one makes the transition from child to teenager, you’ll need to make a few changes to your parenting style.
  • Puberty is full of many ups and downs, but there are some things you can do to support your teen or tween during this time and make puberty a bit easier on him or her. 
  • Make sure you’re spending quality time with your adolescent, whether you’re having dinner with your teen each night, preparing meals as a family, or exercising together at home. 
  • Talk to your teen about college and help him to make the best possible decisions regarding his future. 

Self-Care Tips for Parents

Raising a family is hard work, and it’s important for parents to remember to care for their physical, emotional, and mental health — even when doing so seems impossible. 

  • Whether you have just one minute to spare or a full hour, there are so many ways to work some self-care into your daily life. 
  • Balancing work and parenting is a challenge for many families, but it is possible to juggle it all if you’re honest with yourself, your manager, and your colleagues. 
  • If you’re ready for a change in your career, you could enroll in an online master’s degree program to further your education on your own schedule. 

As wonderful as parenthood is, there’s so much to know about raising a child through every stage of development. But knowledge is power, and the more you can learn about raising successful kids the happier, healthier, and more well-adjusted your little ones will be!

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