Your baby will be a person from day one
Your baby is not a chunk of clay that you can gradually mold to suite your preferences. The child begins life with an underlying personality known as temperament. Some children are by nature very active, others less so. Some are quick to laugh while others are typically more somber. Some are easily distracted while others can stay focused longer on a task. Some aspects of a child’s temperament are more challenging for parents than others. Temperament is something you discover and accept, not change.
There is much about a child’s personality that results from their experiences growing up. But the underlying foundation in temperament is consistent. So there is a lot to discover in your child as you take the first steps of being a dad. For more information, consider taking another course I created called I’m positive: Nurturing self-respect in children. In addition, any good book on child development available at your local library will have more information about temperament.
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Journal 13 My temperament pie
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