The pencils are sharpened, the backpack has been chosen, and you have done everything you can think of to prepare your child for the first day of Kindergarten and then it hits you: Your baby is going to Kindergarten! There are plenty of materials parents can use to prepare their child for that first day, but no one tells mom or dad what to do when they let go of the child that has been by their side for five years.
I often hear parents ask, “When should my baby start walking?” To begin with, ‘should’ is a word that we should outlaw when it comes to babies! The important milestones in a baby’s life - such as walking and talking - occur at completely different times for each baby. Independent walking, like many other milestones, has a wide range of normal. Some babies begin to walk at 10 months, and others wait until they are 18 months old or sometimes, even longer - and it’s all perfectly normal. How and when your baby begins his walking career has nothing whatsoever to do with future motor skills!
When we’re pregnant or awaiting adoption, we dream about our baby-to-be and we always envision those beautiful scenes, which always show a charming baby smiling up at a peaceful parent’s face. We read books in advance of the big day about how to care for a newborn, how to bathe a newborn, feed and dress them, and then we feel somewhat prepared. However, a crying baby was never part of that idyllic vision, so this takes new parents by surprise.
It can be frustrating and embarrassing when your typically sweet little child refuses to share. Fortunately, this is totally normal and there are things you can do to help. Sharing is a complicated social skill that your child will learn with the help of your guidance and plenty of practice.
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