Parenting the Unborn, Newborn and the Baby:
A guide to the module
Introduction and Overview
At this point in your study of the parental role, you should have a fairly clear idea of who the parent is and what is expected of parents. You should also be aware of the variety of ways parents can use to fulfill their role. Finally you have learned a process for thinking through how parents can go about determining how they want to parent. Using this process parents are guided by their beliefs and values. They also take into consideration such factors as their children's temperament pattern and learning style. With this background we now start looking at the parent role during different stages of development. With each stage you will find that the parent role stays the same but how it is implemented changes as the child changes. During each module you will be asked to list what parents can and should be doing to facilitate their child's development. You will also be asked about issues and possible situations parents frequently face. You should draw on your readings as well as your experiences to support your responses. Be sure to document your readings.
During this module, you will learn:
•What parents can do to protect their unborn child. •How parents can prepare for nurturing their child. •Multiple ways parents can meet the baby’s basic needs. •What the infant is trying to understand and what skills the infant is trying to master. •What babies can learn that will facilitate their future growth. •Ways parents can support their children’s efforts to learn and to become competent.
Copyright Harriet Heath, Ph.D. 2010 in consultation with Dana McDermott
To introduce you to infancy the following video is of a baby having a massage. It introduces you to infants and to a procedure that can be very powerful in helping a parent develop a relationship with her infant. Assignment 5.1 Write a detailed objective observation of an infant being massaged. One