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How your baby's growing
Your baby now understands simple instructions, although he may not pay attention when you say no. To help the word carry a little more weight, use it sparingly, for setting important limits. Even though your baby may not always remember, it's not too soon to start using some discipline strategies and teach right from wrong and safe from unsafe.
- Learn more fascinating facts about your 10-month-old's development.
Your life: Balancing work and family
It's hard to manage the competing demands of a career and a young child – especially if your company isn't particularly family friendly. But even if it isn't, you may be able to negotiate with your employer to create a more flexible work arrangement. First, talk with other parents at your workplace about whether they take advantage of flextime, work-from-home days, or other parent-friendly policies. If they don't, get ready to make the case that you'll be able to excel at your job even if you're not in the office every day during standard business hours.
Then, think about how to more efficiently use the time when you're at work so you can manage your responsibilities without having to put in longer hours. You might consider going in early (when there are fewer distractions) rather than staying late, working through lunch in order to leave earlier, and eliminating as much personal activity at work as possible.
Make sure to keep track of your progress and communicate with your boss about it on a regular basis so she can see firsthand that you're committed to balancing parenthood and your job.
Learn about: Your baby's temperament
What exactly is temperament?
It's how your baby thinks about and reacts to her environment. This includes sleeping and eating patterns, sociability, agreeability, how she responds to soothing, and other factors. Some babies are mellow. Others are sensitive and slow to warm to new situations. Still others have robust, high-energy temperaments. Experts now think temperament is largely inborn rather than a product of external factors and influences.
Can I predict my baby's personality by observing her temperament?
To some extent, yes. You began to form a picture of your baby's temperament when she was as young as 3 or 4 months old. At 10 months, your baby's personality is becoming more defined – you can start to more accurately imagine what she'll be like as she gets older by observing her actions and disposition in different situations. Look at overall patterns, not any one particular behavior: Your baby may act a certain way (or change her behavior) because of a temporary factor or a developmental stage she's going through, so don't be too quick to jump to conclusions about her personality.
Is there anything I can do about my baby's temperament?
If there's something about your baby's temperament that has you worried or that you hope to help her with (such as shy behavior), it's important to be understanding and not judgmental. Don't label your baby, criticize her, or otherwise make her think she's flawed or "bad," whether in private or in front of other people. Instead, sympathize, and encourage her when she behaves in a way that seems healthier. Recognize that you can't really change your baby's natural tendencies, although you can encourage certain behavior and help her to learn and grow in a way that supports her temperament.
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