Are you the one who often walks in the park looking at those lovely little toddlers (who unfailingly try to walk a few steps without falling), adoring them while wishing deeply inside to have to be able to take care of yours like that, too? Or are you the one whose little baby is growing so fast and soon going to start to learn to walk and talk that you feel like nothing is under your own control?
Whatever it is, and if you’re the first time parent- that, too, a teenage parent- you have no idea what it is to nurture a kid until you yourself had one of your own. Be ready to experience it all by yourself- skillfully and happily.
So, are you ready? Oh Yes! If you say you have never planned or prepared for anything in your life before, you’ve got to prepare for this one at least. It is nothing to be afraid of though. That is because, while it may be really difficult to raise a toddler, it is also one of the best things to have happened to you in your teenage life. So, in order to deal with your kids and raising them well, read the following tips. The below given tips would help you in being great teenage parents:-
How To Be A Great Teenage Parents
Be attentive to their physical location
To be parenting while still in your teenage years is a lot to ask for! Parenting may seem like one of the most challenging tasks ever than any other that you may have had! But, it is not so.
Once your child begins to learn to walk (i.e. a little before or after 1 year), he/ she is all over the place in the house and even outside- quite literally! It will be like ‘you blink and you miss’! And what is the best or the worst in this is that, they will not just walk on floors but over the stairs, on the sofas/ beds, over your wall-units or any place they can get any grip on.
So, what you need to do is to take care that your kids are safe and sound. You need to see that they are constantly under your supervision and that they do not do anything that they are not supposed to be doing. Whatever they do should be under your watch and never beyond that!
Hygiene, health and safety first!
This is one area you will have toughest time as teenage parents. Kids play outside and roam in dirt or are most vulnerable to diseases like common colds. You need to see to it that the kids sanitize their hands well after they come home or whenever they are dirty.
You also need to protect them from extra heat or cold so that they would not fall ill. So, if you do not keep their surroundings clean or if you do not get them cleaned up instantly after every time that they enter the threshold, they might just start attracting diseases due to it.
Kids also have a habit of eating a lot of junk food. Now, you, as teenage parents, might love the food yourself, but you need to eat less of outside food and also teach your kids the ramifications of the same, as well. Make them eat healthy, home food cooked by you in order to stay fit and healthy.
Set your child free
Kids are always going to be active and energetic. You may find to difficult to keep up with their pace. During your teenage years, you might find it difficult to attend to your kids or keep tabs on them at all times. They may be just as rebellious as you were a few years back.
As kids grow, it is not just learning to walk and talk but wanting to explore the whole of the little world around them. They constantly need to do something be it constructive or destructive. Do not worry at all! They are at the most right age to do the most wrong things.
Do not restrict them much. Let them do it all NOW to not want to do those wrong doings LATER. Be tolerant. Be patient and set your kids free. Have some faith in them. It will not harm anyone, will it? Just give them toy or the things and materials that they utmost desire. Watch them in all they do, time to time. This way you would also know your child’s inherent habits and interests that may be helpful in future.
Correct behavior and attitude; yours and not theirs
Yes, you have read it right. As your kids grow, they would have learnt the basics of all the values, behavior, habits and all that you will ever want them to learn. You would wish them to be perfect but you need to know that you cannot bind them or ask them to do what you wish at all times.
You need to give them time and space to accept what they are seeing and grasping. Let them take their own sweet time and before you would have even noticed your kids would turn out more or less like you want them to. Kids also pick up from their parents.
As teenage parents, you especially need to set an example not by your words but only by your actions. So just’ be’ what and how you want them to be as grown-ups. No tricks here really.
Love and serve
All that your kids need and wants is love. Even if you forget all the other things, never forget for a moment that all your children really needs at their tender age is love and care. Do not be so lost in your own worlds that you forget that you have growing kids at home.
Be there for them. Show them that you are always there for them and they can lean on you. Love them and serve them like you wanted your parents to do to you.
If you follow the above given tips, you are bound to gain success at being teenage parents. You can be sure that your journey ahead as a parent is going to be easier and easier and the most fulfilling. Again, all you need as a teenage parent is loads of energy, oodles of care, tons of patience and lots and lots of love! And you have them all within you, don’t you? All the best!