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Getting Off On the Right Foot: Positive Parenting Tips for New Moms

by Rebecca Eanes


Tip #3: Show Respect

He can’t yet walk or talk, but he’s a whole human being worthy of respect right from the start. We often treat babies as if they were playthings. We scoop them up without asking, wipe their faces without warning, and some even smack their hands when they pull hair or touch something they shouldn’t, and so on.

I really love Janet Lansbury’s approach to treating babies with respect. Please read her article No Way to Treat a Baby to understand why this is an important topic. Respect is key in positive parenting, and seeing your child as a whole person will help you build a healthy relationship and shows her how to respect you, others, and herself. 

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Tip #4: Take Tender Care of You

Babies require a lot of time and attention, and getting any time for you is tricky in that first year. The sleep deprivation makes it that much harder, I know. Try to make sure you’re getting enough sleep to function on. Sleep when the baby sleeps is good advice, but it may not be doable, especially if you have other children.

Brainstorm ideas with your family and try to get the rest you need. If you’re feeling socially isolated, join a local mom’s group. Don’t try to go motherhood alone. Treat yourself to a trip to the salon or a new outfit. Get a bit of exercise every day. How you feel matters!

Following these tips will help you build a secure attachment with your baby, and that secure attachment will benefit her for a lifetime!

Related Article: 7 Tips for Transitioning to Positive Parenting

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.


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