Mom,you need to educate yourself about good,involved parenting.You WANT to raise a healthy,happy child who feels she is loved AND UNDERSTOOD. That means educating yourself - develop good parenting skills by watching parents around you who are in tune to their children. Read well-written books and find moms who model caring parenting.
If you don't have friends who are sensitive to their children and aware of normal age-and -stage child development,join a family resource center or parenting group. If you are breastfeeding,I found the La Leche League meetings gave me a VERY great sense of support. Just one example. Ask your health nurse or MD about local groups.
If you have good skills, you will be MUCH better equipped to handle the normal frustrations that come with being a parent;you'll be more likely to discipline rather than punish;teach her HOW to think rather than WHAT to think,etc.
All the best,mum! "Kids are worth it!" :)
at 8:25 AM on Jun. 27, 2008