Educating Future Parents

Home  »  Preparing Tomorrow's Parents  »  Educating Future Parents
Feb 6, 2013 No Comments ›› admin

All parents and potential parents need to know about caring for and guiding children between the ages of birth to five:

The responsibilities of parenthood: not just providing food, clothing and shelter to the child, but also taking care of health problems, cleanliness, protecting the child; teaching good behavior, talking and reading, helping the child learn, etc.

How to keep children safe: childproof the house, never leave a baby or toddler alone in a bathtub or car, use car seats, rules about matches, the stove, other dangers and reasons for them, close supervision of toddlers and preschoolers especially outdoors, etc..

The danger of shaken baby syndrome: All students (especially boys) must be taught that shaking a baby can cause the infant to suffer serious brain damage or even die. Articles appear about this in the newspapers every month or two, and it is most often a young man who has shaken an infant, usually because the baby won’t stop crying.

Methods of stopping a baby from crying: Feeding the child, burping the baby, changing its diaper are ways known by most parents, but other methods such as holding the baby, rocking her, singing to her, taking her for a ride in the carriage or car, etc. can be found in parenting books. If the parent feels overwhelmed by an infant who won’t stop crying, putting the child in a safe place like his crib, and taking a break can help. Checking with a pediatrician may also be a good idea if crying does not stop.

The importance of holding and cuddling:  Without sufficient affection babies can actually die, as happened to orphans observed by Dr. Renee Spitz in the 1940s. Babies were left in cubicles and emotionally neglected although their physical needs were met, nearly one-third died for no apparent medical reason.

The importance of parents and caregivers talking to the baby: from infancy on to help develop the child’s intellect.

The importance of reading to a child and teaching him numbers: and letters as a preschooler to help him succeed in school.

The importance of routine in the child’s life: Routines give a child a sense of security, an idea of what to expect when, and a feeling of control over his environment.

Methods for managing anger and other behavioral issues in children: parents who use positive discipline techniques have happier and more successful children.

The importance of a father: to a child’s well-being and sense of identity.

All of the above principles have been established through scientific research.