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Infantilize, be goofy.  Make life fun.  We are lucky to have this short time in a beautiful world.
This helped us to teach that life is a positive, wonderful thing.  It also teaches that when mom and dad say"NO", we mean it. When children are newborn the world is still new and raw.  They don't know anything but they are sponges so it starts right away.  We Talked with our babies as if they are one of the group and there to take part.  Have standards for them and lead by example.  With this my husband and I talked a lot about who we'd like our kids to be, character wise.  For our son we wanted him to be smart, strong, and out-going.  We also wanted him to have respect not only for women, elders and law but for himself as well.  You have no idea how teaching little thing as a baby, play a big part in the growth of them as young adults and in the travel of discovering themselves.  For example; our son was walking at eleven months and already having mini conversations.  This because we put 100% into the early education.  We played hard including all types of learning toys and tools.Note: Just get a big box and have fun decorating, saves lots of money!  lol  :)
Dealing with problems immediately made terrible twos easier and even transitions into teenage life smoother. For example; when my son was an infant he reached for my very long Hair and I let him while talking to him about how beautiful and how soft it is.  I talked about how he should be nice because he doesn't want to hurt mommy.  Not knowing what would happen if he pulled it (expected) he did so and I said "OW".  I made a sad face and said "you hurt mommy, thats not nice."  He did it again cause he thought I was being funny.  I told him "OW,NO!"  His face got serious and he waited, looked at me to see if he should test me again.  I told him "If you pull my hair and hurt me again I will pull your hair so you know how it feels."  He did it again to test me, so I... did what I said.  No 2nd or 3rd chances and no 1,2,3's.  He understood me and that was clear, he simply wanted to see if I would stick to my word.  He cried when I lightly tugged his hair but not one tear came to his eyes.  He was upset but never pulled my hair again.  To this day he loves my hair and brushes it with a lot of love.  I did this with both my children.  This is an example of the little things we need to address when they are babies. Before six months is the easiest and funniest part of being a parent. Everything is education during this time, from changingpampersto being patient while mommy or papi is making your food.


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