Guide to making informed parenting decisions
My approach to making parenting decisions or choices differed when my firstborn was in pregnancy than from when he actually arrived. Having psyched myself up for his arrival, I was kind of 'gung-ho'. I did lots of research and was somewhat judgemental towards other parents. I thought I knew it all.
A healthy number of parents-to-be asked about making informed parenting decisions, here I share my thoughts on the topic.
Which Parenting Style Is the Best - read later.
Some things do not work the way they should, I was losing confidence. Six weeks into parenthood, I had to unlearn and relearn my approaches and regained my confidence. This helped me become more aware, more relaxed and more open to parenting ideas. This also made me more ready to accept other parents' differing ways and advices .
My Wife Is Pregnant Again - read later.
Making informed parenting choices or decisions is a lengthy process and requires quite a bit of learning. In summary, here is a list of actions that worked and still works for me.
1. Ask God.
It is important to seek God Almighty's help. Prayers can help you decide if what you are going to do is right or otherwise. It gives you inner peace and clarity of mind.
2. Listen to other parents.
You do not necessarily have to apply every advice you get. Scrutinise their suggestions, weigh the pros and cons. Learn from their experiences and make informed parenting decisions that fit the family structure you want to build.
3. Research and do lots of reading.
Article and book recommendations on the many parenting subjects can help you identify areas that need specific attention.
4. Listen to your heart and mind.
You cannot possibly absorb everything you learn without reaching the point of overload. Interpret what you have learned and realise that not all information presented can work for specific situation. I have had instances where deciding against what I felt was right did prove disastrous. Learn to listen to your inner feeling to make informed parenting choices.
Your guide to making informed parenting decisions
How do you process your thoughts and actions on making informed parenting decisions?
What have you learned about parenthood?
How to parent with purpose and simplicity.
How do you make parenting choices.