I always like to give to friends or family who are expecting their first child the following piece of my mind:
If anyone tells you 'this is the only way to do it' (when referring to pretty much anything baby-related), tell them 'thanks,' and then run the other way.
The adventure of becoming a parent is a personal experience
We live in a different world from the one in which our parents and grandparents grew up. Ours is a fast-paced, digital-based society... and we have so much access to information that it can feel overwhelming and stifling.
Babies don't come with a manual
Often, the ways they grow and change are mysterious to us. Most of us don't have a degree in an area like Early Childhood Education... and those of us who do know something about the way infants develop are often so overwhelmed in those early days that any knowledge we thought we had goes out the window while we try to sort out the chaos.
In those early days (especially), we feel SO vulnerable!
We are all looking for answers. We want to learn how to relate to and read our babies, and we want to do it in a way that feels comfortable for us. So we seek out resources.
- There are plenty of websites / books / blogs out there that singularly focus on either one specific topic (like "sleep" or "feeding") or that over-extensively serve as your "one-stop-shop" for all things baby.
- There are self-proclaimed experts who offer one-size-fits-all "solutions"
- There are (often well-meaning) family and friends in our lives who've had infants and love to share what worked for them and what you MUST do, too!
There is so much opposing advice out there, and so many "one-size-fits-all" solutions. There are so many philosophies, theories, methods... and every parent, at some time or another, has the fear that they're 'doing it wrong.' We are all winging it. Books are great, but what new parent has the time to sit down and read more than a few pages?
So, we end up wondering to ourselves, "what does child development research say? If only we could download - almost directly to our brains - time-sensitive, relevant information about the universal ways that infants across the globe develop, and evidence-based strategies and ideas to support their development as it's happening!"
What if I told you that...
You can have quick access to distilled, research-based, palatable information and practical ideas about how to support your infant's development.
You can empower yourself with knowledge and you can anticipate the ways your baby will change.
You can feel more confident as a parent.
You can feel more connected to your baby.
The Heart Of It?
The Heart Of It is the newest addition to the wonderful resources available here at Strength In Words. It is an infant enrichment curriculum that gently guides you through your baby’s first year of life, from the first week to the first birthday. As parents, we want access to high-quality information that is supportive, and that complements our own abilities and innate knowledge. We want to feel empowered, especially when we’re feeling vulnerable. We want someone to boost our confidence – both in ourselves and our ability to be the best parents we can be, and in the knowledge that we are supporting our littlest ones. We also want to feel more connected to this new identity and experience of parenthood… and in so doing, we want to feel connected to our babies. Over the next few weeks, you’ll learn more about The Heart Of It, and what others are saying.
Listen to one new mother's experience with The Heart Of It:
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