It takes a village to raise a child
If you're a new parent, don't feel left in the dark about the mysteries of raising a child. Check out some of the following helpful resources and find the answers to all of your burning questions!
- Storknet.com: If you can't find the answer to your question in this site's wide variety of articles, blogs and ask-an-expert pages, check out the message boards. They offer parents the opportunity to discuss the ups and downs of childrearing.
- ParentSuperSite.com: Everything on the Parent Super Site is extremely positive. Key sections include safety recall lists and their cute separate pages for moms and dads - Mommy Metro and Daddy Dugout.
- The Mother of All Parenting Books by Ann Douglas (Wiley, 2004): This so-called 'instruction manual' for children from preschool to their preteens answers everything from bullying to parental burnout.
- Now I Know Why Tigers Eat Their Young: Surviving a New Generation of Teenagers by Peter Marshall (Whitecap Books, 2007): Many parents feel they can handle the terrible twos but are terrified of teenagedom. Peter Marshall's book is a humorous, helpful guide for dealing with adolescents.
TV / DVD
- Bringing Baby Home: The Ultimate Baby Care DVD (2005): Make sure the newest addition to your family has a smooth transition home. This DVD has great visuals and will guide you through even the simplest steps - just in case!
Also remember to check out classes and resources offered in your community. Quite often, local community centers offer prenatal and new parent classes to help parents get started. You can also look into courses through local hospitals and clinics; if they don't offer courses, they will be able to point you in the right direction.
Once you find a class, you can learn how to hold, burp and breastfeed all at once with a group of likeminded expecting or new parents. These classes also offer the perfect opportunity to network with people who will be experiencing the same trials at the same time.