Baby Doesn’t Care About the Jones
Want it all for your baby? Don't we all?
There are many programs for baby including music, art and swim classes. It is confusing to know what your baby needs and when to begin.
There are so many toys. Some of these are designed to give our babies a “leg up” and help them become “bright bulbs.”
There are such beautiful clothes.
And, you know what?
Your baby doesn't care about keeping up with the Joneses. In fact, baby couldn't care less.
The Joneses? You know, that catchphrase Americans use to describe the competitive nature in each of us to always keep with doing as our family and friends do.
Most of us say we don't care. Secretly, silently, some of us do. The bottom line is that we all want what is best for our child. We want them to look cute. We want them to be smart and successful.
So, how do you choose what to do or what to buy?
What should you let go?
What can you do differently?
Infanthood can be one of the simplest times in a child's life.
They are happy with being in a simple sleeper, onesie or even their diaper. At this age and stage, it doesn't matter what color or pattern. Enjoy this simplicity. Buy secondhand or swap with friends.
Our loving, supportive arms and voices stimulate babies. Sing to them. Rock them gently. Talk with them. Read to them. The best way to give your child an “edge” in life is to provide them the foundation to become a confident learner in life. What is the best way to give them confidence? Give them an environment where they can feel safe and explore.
Programs designed for babies and a caregiver can be a great way to connect with your baby and with others in the community. These programs can also provide you with new ideas and inspiration when interacting with your baby. However, if you are pinching your pennies, there are plenty of free or relatively inexpensive possibilities. These may include free story times at your local library, concerts at a local arts center, or a visit to animals at a local nature center. Start with an Internet search in your community. You may be surprised at what you find.
There's no need to keep up with Joneses.
Just keep with your family.
That's the only thing worth chasing.