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‘Ranti Fatoye: 12 Ways to Raise a Happy Child

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1. Fall in love with your baby through a positive birthing experience for baby, mother, and father. Then strengthen that love by breastfeeding your child until he or she no longer needs it.

2. Breastmilk contains immunity-boosting mechanisms which help keep your baby healthy. Any other food, even sugar water, permanently destroys many of these important substances. A healthy baby is a joy!

3. Keep your baby with you as much as possible. Separations and changing caretakers make it harder for your child to learn trust, and to grow into a loving and trusting adult.

4. Share sleep with your baby. This makes nighttime parenting easier and can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Your child’s need for your presence does not magically disappear at bedtime.

5. A breastfeeding mother and her infant share sleep cycles and dream in unison, so the mother is less likely to be awakened by her baby during dreams or deep sleep. A refreshed mother is a patient mother!

6. Responding quickly and compassionately to your baby’s cries, both day and night, reassures him that he is important to you. Picking up your baby will not “spoil” him. Carrying him increases brain cell connections. You can’t love a baby too much!

7. Breastfeeding has many benefits for babies, and it’s also good for mothers. A nursing mother produces hormones which help her to be patient and loving, making parenting easier.

8. Remember that punishment teaches violence, destroys self-esteem, creates anger, interferes with learning, and damages the relationship between parent and child. “People are not for hitting, and kids are people too!”

9. Allow your child’s sense of trust plenty of time to grow strong before having a new baby to claim your attention. A three or four year spacing between children reaps enormous emotional benefits for each child.

10. “Bad behavior” is a sign that a child’s basic needs have not been met. Remember to give your children undivided attention, eye contact, and touching, and try to see things from their point of view.

11. A close bond between mother and child, naturally achieved through breastfeeding, holding, and shared sleep, is the best prevention of child abuse.

12. The best gifts you can give your child are your time, patience, and understanding.

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I am Oluranti Fatoye, a social entrepreneur,who is passionate about vulnerable children, an entrepreneur, I blog about everything that concerns children (hhcinitiative.blogspot.com.ng), I am the Executive officer of the Nigeria Children Hub,The Programme is focused on an integrated approach to empowering vulnerable children. It involves creating awareness about the prevention of abuse, identifying vulnerable children, understanding the root causes, taking detailed information for each case history.

4 Comments

  1. imose

    June 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Nice write up ! God bless all mothers ..❤️

  2. oj

    June 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Well written, well done!!!

  3. Alias

    June 22, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    As a physician, I just want to point out that sharing the. Ed with your baby can lead to increased risk of sudden infant syndrome. Please do not do. I see mothers who do this who ends up with dead babies. The American college of pediatrics supports this. Babies should be flat on their back on a crib with well fitted sheets. They can be in the same room as you but not the same bed.

  4. Atukpa!

    June 23, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I agree with Alias, and physician myself , I strongly advise against sharing your bed with an infant, it increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome especially kids less than 2years of age. Babies should never be placed faced down to sleep, and the Crib should be free items or accessories that can increase this risk.

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