Raising children is a job like none other. Here's a manual to get you through it all!!

At conception, your child will have a unique set of DNA. This means that your child's genes and traits will be comparable to no other human being. How neat is that?!? Once your child is born, you will be faced with all different types of advice on how to parent your newborn. One huge debate over parenting is the nature vs. nurture controversy. But, it will be your choice on which side to choose, nature or nurture.

Throughout the first year of your child's life, huge changes will be happening. Your child will begin to become conditioned to you and your partners voices due to classical conditioning. They will recognize your voice and be attentive when you call for them. Also they will go through developmental stages such as your child beginning to babble, crawl, sit up, chew, talk, stand up and even get around small areas on their own. Their ability to sit up and walk will come from their unique cerebellum which will help with their growing coordination. As your child begins to talk, you might have some trouble understanding what they always want due to over-regularization of their words.

As you enter into the years of your child becoming a toddler, they will grow distinct personalities and ego's. They will also learn how to perform specific tasks from observational learning. By watching others perform tasks, their brain's plasticity will grow and use heuristics to solve many problems. They will learn to attribute mental images with certain objects. Your child will also begin to grow mentally and emotionally. Their own hierarchy of needs will begin. In toddler ages, a child must be securely safe and protected by others, that being you!

Approaching the years of childhood, a fundamental ground will need to be built under your child's feet. For starters, your child will grow cognitive development from simple life lessons such as teamwork, making individual decisions and interacting with peers. They also will grow emotional intelligence as they will be able to detect feelings and emotions from others. It will be easier for them to tell the difference between when someone is sad and when someone is happy. In certain everyday situations, they will have mental images of what they face everyday. With that also comes their ability to overcome problems that involve learned helplessness and functional fixedness.They can adapt to situations by creating schemas of how to solve problems. As they grow, they will need enough REM sleep to grow physically and get enough rest. Eventually when their peers and even they get involved with activities, they will have a personal need for achievement and standard they will be living up to. This may mean scoring a goal at a game or getting leadership on a team. Also, it is important to use positive and negative reinforcement when the time is called for. These types of reinforcement can be given to them by yourself, the parent, (such as an allowance) or themselves (taking medicine to relieve pain.)

Entering adolescence is huge adjustment for not only yourself but for your teenager. These years are critical to your teenager. It is obvious that your teen might be showing signs of an attitude change. This could mean not being interested in activities they once were before. Also it could be having different views on topics they had once before. Hopefully with this attitude change though, your child will grow as an extroverted individual and not an introverted individual. Their own locus of control will have much to do with the path they lead though which is out of your own control as a parent. Teenagers are faced with peer pressures and daily problems everyday. It is important for you to understand though that mental illnesses are common in many teenagers due to these stressors. Some common mental illnesses these days are known as phobias, anxiety disorders, and even depression. If your teen decides to surround them-self with a positive social influence, they will exhibit prosocial behavior.

Once your child reaches the end of their adolescent stage, they have become a full young adult. And before you know it, your baby has become a grown up! Hopefully this manual can help you parent the best way possible.