Pressures on parents and how you can support your child individually

We are delighted to have Jamie Victoria from The Childcare Guru contribute today’s article. Jamie has dedicated her career to the study of Early Years and is immensely passionate about childhood, education and development. Jamie focuses on supporting parents, professionals and most importantly children, to ensure they have the best start in life.

Everyone is busy, busy in all aspects of life, but now more than ever it seems that there is a pressure on parents to ‘get it right’. As a parent, you have access to many parenting techniques, theories and beliefs, yet truly the most important technique is the one that works for you and your child.

It is so important in today’s society that we support and encourage each other, rather than compare and compete as this can create unnecessary stress for you and, more importantly, your child. Every child is different and learns in different ways, so let’s celebrate this rather than criticise. As you will know, a child’s early years are crucial in laying the foundations for later development, growth and success and I want to share with you my top tips for supporting this as a parent.

Top tips for supporting your child

The key is in the heading: your child will be different and develop differently to all your friends’ and families’ children. The connection and bond you will have with your child will mean that you know them best and understand them on a level that nobody else can, or will. In early years, some children will start walking at ten months, and some at 13 months. Some will start talking and forming sentences quicker than others but another child may have better understanding. It will seem like swings and roundabouts, but everything will level out so it is important to follow some of the developmental guidelines from birth to five years. ‘What to Expect When’ is a fantastic document that helps parents to understand early development and identify if your child may need extra support due to significant delays in one or more areas.  

As a parent, instilling confidence in your child is vital; they need to know that they are believed in as that will provide them with the ability to succeed. Every child has an individual intelligence which should be supported and nurtured. That intelligence might be completely different to yours, yet it should not matter; after all the world would be a boring place if we were all good at the same thing! It is also important to recognise that we all learn differently; some learn visually, and others are hands-on learners. As a parent, try to pick up on all these individualities and nurture them. A child who is good at mathematics should not be thought of more highly than a child who is good at dance. Everyone has their own strengths.

The hardest job, yet the most rewarding, is being a parent – you have to be patient with yourself and know that you are doing a great job. Remember, nothing in nature blooms all year.

Fore more information on the Childcare Guru, please visit her website.