Building Trust With Your Child: An Important Aspect of Parenting
The first and forever person a baby trusts is his or her mother. They learn to smile, they learn to have eye contact, they learn every aspect of life from the mother first and then the father as well. How does a small child calm down immediately when the mom picks him or her up? That is the blind trust that babies have, that now that their mom is here, everything will be well.
But as moms, do we trust our child? Or do we get a chance to trust ourselves as a mother with respect to their food, growth, milestones, feeding, etc? Often we only hear the negatives from the people around, right from pregnancy. Starting from forcing to breastfeed to asking to stop feeding post a year, people keep saying something or the other. But nothing is right or wrong.
What I have learnt in my 1.5 yrs of motherhood is I trust myself as a mother and, more importantly, I trust my daughter. I have never worried about things like when she will roll over, sit, crawl or even walk for that matter. But people never stopped commenting. I just smile at the comments and sometimes even give it back. If one baby is able to crawl at 6 months, another might take 9 months. Babies are different and their development stages are different too. Whether a baby is lean and another one is chubby, both are cute and happy. So mommies, kindly trust your child when it comes to food and growth milestones. Do not stress when people comment. When the child blindly trusts you, you need to give that trust back to them as well. When the child says no for a portion of food, respect his or her emotion and trust his or her hunger. He or she will come back and eat when hungry.
Trust is the most important learning that you can give your child right from birth and only then will he or she learn to trust themselves as they grow. Let’s together raise independent and happy children
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