10 Commandments of Parenthood Raising a 1 Year Old


The correct psychological development of childrenis entirely the responsibility of their parents. Each stage has its own tricks and secrets. Here are 10 golden rules to follow when raising a 1 year old.

1. Talk to the baby.

At this age, as developmental psychology states, the kid can recognize separate words in the parents’ speech and react to some of them. Children can also repeat some words. Consequently, the more you talk with kids, the more words they know and repeat, the sooner they speak in full sentences. Read to your toddler, even though it doesn’t understand much. If a baby lacks communication, there will definitely appear serious problems in the psychological development of children (e.g., Mowgli syndrome).


2. Never shout at your kid

or anyone, if the kid can hear you. And never use bad language, because it’ll evoke undesirable changes in thechild psychology. Be a good example for your offspring.

3. Hug and kiss the baby.

Of course, it is always important for thedevelopment of children , but when you havea 1 year old, pay special attention to this. According to psychologists, self-awareness starts to form at this age. Basically, 1 year olds learn about themselves through other people’s attitude to them. “I am someone else”, or as someone thinks of me. If you don’t physically assure babies that you love them, they’ll become unconfident adults.


4. Never say “I don’t love you”

for the reason mentioned above.

5. Let the baby investigate.

Depressed dads often yell at their 1 year olds when the latter spoil things or draw in important documents. But, as developmentalpsychologyconfirms, the kid does not know that these things are not to be taken. To avoid problems, just take these “dangerous” things out of the kid’s reach.

6. Give the kid different things to play with.

Good parents want their children to have the best toys, but these are not sold in toy shops. The best toys must contribute to both physical and psychic development of children, so let them play with cartons, plates, pianos (even real), etc. but always play together with the baby! Then you’ll be able to control the process and have a joy of communication with your little ‘scientist’.

7. Never leta 1 year oldwatch TV.

It is harmful for the eyes and language development and physical development of children. Just walk and play with them, read and sing, so that it develops and not shuts them up. It’ll do real good to your child's psychology.

8. Don’t make the baby behave like a grown-up.

The speed of physical development usually does not coincide with the speed and the ‘visibility’ of psychologicaldevelopment of children. That is, your children’s quick physical growth doesn’t mean they’re as clever as you. In fact, they are much smarter, because they remember and reproduce much more data than you do, but they have lived on this planet for only a year! They just do not know many things. So, instead of shutting them up at the theatre just take them to a park.

9. Don’t let the kid do whatever she/he wants.

Thepsychologyofa 1 year oldallows them to understand and follow simple instructions, like “don’t touch this”. But there mustn’t be too many restrictions, or the kid will get afraid of any new things. Even though mentaldevelopment of childrenis not at its peak in this period, you’d better explain to them why you forbid this and that. You’ll get used to it yourself, and the kid will learn that parents are to be trusted.

10. Never compare your infant

with anybody else, be it to the advantage or not. Firstly, it’ll make you think of the baby as a proof of success, not a human being. Secondly, you will shake the baby’s confidence in him/herself, your love, people’s loyalty.

Mind that the first years of life are a great investment in the futuredevelopment of children.