Balancing daily support for a child’s growing physical and cognitive independence while establishing and maintaining consistent limits is difficult. Yet parents need to balance these demands while tending to their own preventative health and welfare needs.
- Avoid parental burnout. Parenting is difficult and stressful, yet parents can give more thoughtful time and attention to a child if they make sure that they take care of their own need for rest, relaxation, exercise, and intellectual stimulation.
- Take time to nurture your relationship with your partner and your family. Children feel safe and secure when they see stable and happy relationships around them.
- Teach independence. Gradually give a child more time to learn and to entertain themselves and be self-sufficient in an age-appropriate way and you will find that they blossom in ways that they wouldn’t be able to if you continue to do everything for them.
- Set a good example. A child learns a lot about healthy self-esteem and self-care by watching how a parent balances personal needs along with theirs.
If you are wondering about your child’s development, behavior, or learning; needing support to access services; or helping a family member or friend find information about developmental services call the Help Me Grow hotline at (800) 642-8522 and speak directly with an expert care coordinator Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM. Help Me Grow is a new service that connects families and providers with resources available in West Virginia that provide direction and advice on issues ranging from parenting support and education to discipline and behavior management.