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12 commandments for parents

Five hands with sunflowers, 12 commandments for parents

Time to change your parenting style

When I was pregnant I’ve got a book from my sister in law. It wasn’t a book for parents but for kids. I was really happy to have it. It was my baby’s first gift so I was curious what I can find inside this book. There are a lot of baby’s rhymes but also (what was a big surprise for me) something for adults. I found there 12 commandments for parents. When I was reading it for the first time I was in shock. I’ve started wondering if I will be able to follow these rules. They are really hard but I’ve decided that at least I will try. Now after 15 months of being a Mom I know I failed some of these commandments but still, I was able to fulfill most of them. I’m really proud of myself.

Are you ready to become a better parent? Let me introduce you 12 commandments for parents:

Being better parent- 12 commandments

  1. Always show a respect for your child. Be kind to him. gentle and patient.
  2. Always react when your baby is crying. It’s often the only way to communicate a pain, his needs and emotions. When you show him compassion and that you understand him you teach him empathy.
  3. Respond to his physical and emotional needs.
  4. For the first 2-3 years try to raise your baby at home and by yourself.
  5. Talk with your baby as much as you can. Ask questions, read books, explain him everything that you see.
  6. Your baby should be active all the time so play with him especially on fresh air. It’s really important for his developing brain and body.
  7. When your baby is behaving badly do not shout, try to find a solution. Don’t take anger on your baby. Be his role model and teach him how to use words ‘thank you’ ‘I’m sorry’ ‘Please’ etc
  8. Remember that kids till their second birthday shouldn’t watch TV and use computers. And older kids shouldn’t do that for longer than 2 hours per day. It’s harmful to their physical and mental development.
  9. Accept your baby and support him. It helps to create his self-esteem.
  10. Make rules in your home. Clarify what is acceptable and what’s not.
  11. From the day your baby will be born till his 12th birthday read books to him for 20 minutes every day. It helps to raise a good, smart and happy baby.
  12. When you take care of your baby remember about your needs. Help and support from other people are really important for parents.

You are not the only one who failed

I can tell you I definitely failed on #8. My baby is not watching TV constantly but from time to time he looks on it. Also, #12 it’s hard for me. Very often I forgot about myself. I don’t sleep enough. I don’t remember when I had time to go out for a coffee with friends etc. But I’m not complaining. I knew that being a parent is not a piece of cake.

Let me know what do you think about these commandments. Do you follow any rules in your parenting?

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Megan

    Well I think a few of those commandments I actually good. One of them’s touching base on crying it out essentially. Which there have been studies done on that and they say it’s actually not good for the baby. I feel a few of them that were out of the ridiculous like you shouldn’t do anything for a couple years. Seriously though you could plan to be a stay at home mom and have your husband end up leaving you you’re going to have to get a job it doesn’t make you a bad mother. It’s a little judgy.

    24 August 2017 at 21:11
    • Reply ohmummymia

      I agree. I’m working Mom (full-time job). I had to back to work when my boy was 10 months old but I can agree that it’s best for baby when he is raised by parents but not everyone has that opportunity

      24 August 2017 at 21:18
  • Reply Cindy

    Some good advice, but some seems quite dated, especially #4!
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    25 August 2017 at 02:42
  • Reply Bindy

    Wonderful advice in this post.

    25 August 2017 at 09:23
  • Reply April Kitchens

    This is such a great post! Number 1 is a must. I think adults tend to forget that kids are people too and deserve respect.
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    25 August 2017 at 14:04
  • Reply Amanda

    These are very helpful tips. I do a lot of these things with my child already. I love being a stay at home mom

    25 August 2017 at 19:03
  • Reply Ursula

    Love this post. As a mother of two I need to remind myself to set rules and also ask family members for help sometimes. Thanks!

    25 August 2017 at 22:54
  • Reply Sandy Horner

    Great points in your post love it

    25 August 2017 at 23:47
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