Being a Parent, Home and Family

4 Milestones That Every Parent Has To Go Through

When it comes to being a parent, there are few things that you have to go through.  You can think of them as sorts of rites of passage.  Without having to go through them, you can’t really say that you ever went through parenthood completely.

As difficult as parenthood can be from time to time, it’s important to remember that it’s all just a short amount of time in the long run.  Even the most difficult of stages, which seem like they are taking forever, will be looked back on as if they happened in the blink of an eye.

Here are some of the most common milestones that most parents have to go through, and tips on how to make it to the other side.

Injuries and Illnesses

Babies are born extremely vulnerable to the new world around them,  They are easily susceptible to illness and injury.  At the first sign of a fever, parents are ready to call the doctor and start having a heart attack.  This is normal to worry as a first-time parent.

When you start to have more children, however, you start to panic less at every little thing that starts happening to them. You realize that nine out of ten times they will be ok and there isn’t a reason to worry.

Make sure that you still use your best judgment, however, and look for signs that may point towards something more serious and require professional medical help.

Sleep Regressions

Babies are ever-changing, and their sleep patterns are no exception.  They may sleep soundly for months on end, only to suddenly start waking up every hour.  This can happen for a variety of reasons.  Whether it’s because of illness or simply just because they are going through a change.

Don’t be surprised to find that your baby can go through as many as five or more sleep regressions before their first birthday.  The most important thing to do is develop a consistent nighttime schedule and try to stay patient.

The Defiant Stage

As little toddlers start to find their own voice and learn what their boundaries are, they will start to test their limits.  They will begin to refuse just about everything and have tantrums if they don’t get their way.

Although it can be easy to get frustrated and get angry, it’s important to remain compassionate.  This defiant stage is part of their developmental process and will pass with the right amount of consistent discipline.

Potty Training

Transitioning from diapers to potties can be a rough road.  You will find yourself using candy as bribery, and washing things you didn’t even know would ever have to be washed as you find your house covered in pee.

however, the learning process usually only lasts a few weeks and should be fine with the right amount of consistent effort on everyone’s part.