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One moment you are a new mother, terrified, elated, exhausted. And suddenly, in the blink of an eye, you realize that your baby is growing up. They are laughing and learning to talk. They can play and dance and rush around the house. In short, they are becoming their own person.

From that first day when you bring your baby, you will be there for your child. There is no greater gift you can give than your parental support throughout their life. But this is also a scary prospect for you.

The key thing to remember is that no parent is ever fully prepared. You just have to trust your instincts and follow the advice you get with a pinch of salt. After all, your parents weren’t prepared but you turned out okay.

Educational Support

Children have one main job: to learn as much as they can. Beginning with their eyes opening and taking in the sights to taking exams and deciding whether or not to go to college, children are information sponges.

This can put some pressure on them though. At school, children tend to measure themselves against each other so if your child is struggling, this could have a big knock-on effect for their confidence and friendship. The good news is that you can help.

There are all kinds of educational resources online and is just one you might consider trying. By learning with your children, you are normalizing not knowing things already and giving them the support they need.

Social Support

Making friends is a difficult process for children. Though they look as though they are running about and interacting with everyone, they are still learning how to interact in appropriate ways. They are still quite fragile and need your support.

If you see that your child is struggling with their friends, you should try to model behaviors for them and talk things through. Sometimes, children need a safe space to practice their social skills so role-play is really important. Let your child take the lead and direct role-play so that they can learn at their own pace.

Emotional Support

We all need emotional support throughout our lives and our parents often form the first and most important source. To become your child’s first port of call, you must ensure that your children know that it’s okay to talk to you about anything. From the moment they start talking, you must give them the space they need to express their feelings and start to understand them.

From toddlers screaming because they can’t have a toy to teenagers starting shouting matches because they can’t go out to all hours of the morning, kids go through a lot of emotional upheaval to reach adulthood. The more you see your role as a guide, the easier it will be for you to develop a healthy and trusting relationship.

No parent is perfect but all parents can do their best. Offering your support and love is all a child needs to grow up well. And these are traits you probably already have in abundance.