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When your baby is new born, you as a parent are simply trying to meet their basic needs and coping as best you can. But soon your baby is able to interact with the world around them and even more so once they can toddle.
In these early days, establish a positive parenting style that will help both your child and you into the future. Children thrive when they know what is expected of them. Make clear, simple rules and stick to them. A good routine for eating, sleeping and playing works wonders. Encourage good behaviour with positive feedback. Pay attention to their needs and engage fully - they will be less attention-seeking that way.
If you would like to read more about Positive Parenting, have a look at the top six ways to be a positive parent from the TUSLA website. TUSLA is the Irish Government's Child and Family Agency.
Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.
As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.
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