Did you know that babies are inherently social creatures, from the moment they are born?
In fact, a baby’s social development is most prominent during their first two years of life.
Given all of this, it should be obvious that giving your infant the social interactions it so desperately wants and needs is a must as a parent.
One of the most common mistakes that first time parents make is that they are too protective and concerned with how their child is going to turn out.
Yes, this is important.
But you should not take it to the extreme of not letting your children hang around or interact with other children altogether.
To some people this might should strange, but there are parents out there who are scared to let their child be around other children, fearful that their morals and upbringing will rub off badly along their own kids.
Instead, they let them play on their own, or even worse off let them interact with and be distracted by smartphones and other devices.
Yes, this is an okay fear to have, but in this case it is not one that you should act on.
It is actually extremely important for your children to hang out with other kids their own age, it will help them start a healthy foundation for the rest of their social lives.
This includes, but is not limited to friendships, school, jobs, relationships and the rest of their entire lives all depend on interacting with others.
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Ensuring that you are giving your child the right tools to grow into a productive adult starts with how they communicate and interact with other kids, this is not always a good thing just for communication, but during this time it can help you figure out if there is something going on with your child as well.
Even just being surrounded by other people is a great interaction for your children even at a very young age, studies show that children who are surrounded by people tend to have an easier time adjusting as they age than kids who did not spend the same amount of social time with other people, especially children their own age.
Being a parent can be hard, especially when you have no idea what you are going, this can be extremely true for first time parents.
You can read all of the books and listen to the tapes, go to the classes and still have problems being the perfect parent, simply because there is no such thing as a perfect anything.
You need to just take a deep breath, it will all be okay, talking to your parents or friends of yours who have dealt with children before will become your best friends when you have no idea what you are doing, they will be your best help, because they have been there and dealt with it.
Do not be afraid to ask for help if you do not know if you are doing the right thing, the whole idea of being a good parent is doing what is best for the child, making sure that they have a proper social life is essential to raising a child, even if it might make you a little uncomfortable yourself at first, do not worry, you got this!
Talking to your child’s doctor about healthy parenting techniques is another avenue if you need professional advice, it will never hurt to have multiple options either, just make sure that you take the road that feels best with you.