Who helps us with parenthood, our most significant life journey?
We do the best we can: repeating or avoiding what our parents did, reading books and blogs, listening to podcasts, getting advice from EVERYONE, and jumping down the Google rabbit hole. Sometimes we find what works, but often we don’t know what we don’t know and we are left questioning: “Am I missing something?” “Am I doing enough?” “Am I doing the right thing?” Confusion, frustration, exhaustion. White-knuckling to barely survive.
No matter how you feel, YOU are your baby’s first teacher. Exciting, scary or both, you are leading a partnership and facilitating a dance with your baby. Every moment matters. You get to support your baby’s journey.
And, your baby’s first year is all about learning to move.
Movement creates opportunities for interaction, connection, and engagement. Mastering movement opens doors to development because baby can navigate, explore, discover and learn. Your baby’s first smile, first reach, and first coos melt your heart. Clapping, waving, rolling, crawling, standing and taking those first steps. Magic!
The brain and body grow faster in the first year than at any other time. When we show up with love and provide the experiences baby needs, they thrive.
When you take the extra step to understand movement, what helps it and what hinders it, you are building the strongest foundation for your baby. You are maximizing the effects of a year you won’t get to repeat; one where they go from completely dependent to independently toddling around.
Movement is key to proper body and brain development. How we interact, play, and care for our babies will determine the strength of that foundation.
Shifting the way you show up and tweaking the way you do things (not adding things to the day) makes all the difference. It’s simple, but not always easy.
The first year is exhilarating and challenging. It’s not just baby’s journey; it’s yours too. Grow joyfully and with confidence as you travel your path together, with guidance, support, and love.
Movement skills, interactions, and connections are built little by little, every day. These skills are grounded in your interactions during the daily routines: feeding, care-taking, playing, conversing, handling, outings, and routines. As your baby grows, the way you do these tasks will change, but your connections continue to get deeper and stronger.
As your baby grows, information processing is more comprehensive. Baby learns and makes more sense of self, others, and the world. As your baby moves and explores, you have a window to baby’s thoughts and feelings. An eye gaze, a smile, a reach for your nose, or a roll to get a favorite toy: when you take the time to be present and observe, you learn so much about who your baby is and where she is going.
Wouldn’t it be great to understand and nurture with confidence the development and growth happening in front of your eyes? It’s not about doing more things; it’s about doing things differently.
Baby is on this journey with you, not in isolation. What you value, understand, and expect from your baby influences her experiences and potential. Wouldn’t it be great to know more so you can feel more confident, less stressed and worried, and happier because you’re on the right path?
We are all in this together. The journey is far more fun and fulfilling in a community where we learn together and support one another.
“The Five Pillars of Parenting” is a framework that breaks down what you do, how you do it, and the energy with which you approach your day, every day. It works for babies, it works for teens, it works for adult children…it works for you!
Let’s do this.
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