Many parents fumble with their first child and often make mistakes that will affect the child’s growth and development. Here is a quick overview on how to assess if your child should or shouldn’t already be weaned from your bedside at night.
The consensus in parenthood is this: You will make mistakes, but always make sure your child does not suffer because of it. They say it takes a whole neighborhood to raise a child, but in the end you’re the one in charge of taking care of your son or daughter. It is your responsibility to mold your child into a well-rounded individual, and though you’re never perfect, you always have to try your best.
Many parenting mistakes are done with good intentions, and the attempt to make your child their own person is one of these. Timing is crucial in this matter; separating your toddler from you at night may bolster their independence, but leaving them by themselves in too big a space – like a king-size mattress in their own room – can also make them think you don’t want to be with them anymore. While you can usually reason out in hushed, gentle tones that this is for their own good, children’s minds are wired in such a way that a huge change can be imprinted in their psyche and stay with them as they grow older. In fact, many adult psyche problems can be traced back to events in their childhood that are usually brushed off as trivial but actually did more damage than they thought. [Read more…]