Many times when you become a parent there are things that you have concerns over which you should not and things that you might need to be concerned about which often fall under your parental radar. Speaking as someone who has raised a girl and a boy into semi-adulthood I am going to try and give you a little heads up on a few of these things. The following is a list of some of the things I freaked out about and some that I completely overlooked that I should not have.
- Eating habits – Do not freak out if your toddler or young child will only eat certain things and wants to eat those all the time. It is a phase and they will grow out of it. You should keep offering other foods to your child from time to time so that they can broaden their food horizons. If the foods they are eating are not nutritionally well rounded then you will want to make sure they take their vitamins and perhaps try those supplemental drinks they offer for children. With both of my children it was a phase which caused me a great amount of concern and anxiety and it did not need to become that escalated. If it does concern you then speak to your child’s physician for reassurance.
- Bullies or normal childhood teasing – Do not overreact if your child gets their feelings hurt at school by some unthinking child. Children are like that and not all children that hurt your child’s feelings are bullies. You have to be very careful in this area because under no circumstances can you allow bullying but you also have to let your child have life experiences with uncaring individuals because they will be there for the rest of their lives. It is important that you explain to them that some people are that way and it has nothing to do with them. Make sure you let them know that it is not their problem and that the other child has issues of their own. Children tend to feel that if someone is criticizing them there must be something wrong with them and they need to know that this is not the case. They need to put the blame where the blame is due.