baby knows best

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

For­get the baby books and avalanche of wellmean­ing ad­vice. Young moth­ers can learn the most about par­ent­ing by sim­ply fo­cus­ing on their ba­bies, ac­cord­ing to US ex­perts.

Re­searchers at the School of So­cial Ser­vice Ad­min­is­tra­tion (SSA) in the US, who work with first-time moth­ers, say mums who reg­u­larly talk to their in­fants and watch them re­spond to their voice and ac­tions will build their par­ent­ing con­fi­dence quicker than by dis­cussing par­ent­ing with an­other adult or by read­ing a book.

The SSA also says long-term home visi­ta­tion help and fa­mil­ial sup­port is vi­tal in help­ing young women to build their con­fi­dence as moth­ers.

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