As children develop from infants to teens to adults they go through a series of developmental stages that are important to all aspects of their personhood including physical, intellectual, emotional and social. The proper role of the parent is to provide encouragement, support and access to activities that enable the child to master key developmental tasks. A parent is their child’s first teacher and should remain their best teacher throughout life. Functioning as a coach, the parent exposes a child to age appropriate challenges to encourage development as well as to experiences that allows the child to explore on their own and learn from interacting with their environment. Child Development specialists have learned that from birth children are goal directed to experiment and learn from each experience. Child Development experts have taken the concept of scaffolding from the building trades. Just as scaffolding is put up to support the structure of the building as it is being built and gradually taken down as the building is able to stand on its own, a parent needs to provide the necessary support for a child to allow them to safely and productively explore and learn from their environment. As the child matures and develops mastery the scaffolding is removed or changed to allow the child to become more independent. If the child is not quite ready, the support is reinstated and then gradually withdrawn once again. The information here provides parents with the knowledge and guidelines and tools to provide the support, guidance and learning experiences necessary for their child to grow and develop according to his/her unique developmental blueprint.
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- Establish a Daily Routine With Expectations Clearly Defined and Discussed in the Family
When giving chores or responsibilities around the house, be sure they are reasonable, limited in number, and developmentally appropriate for your child. Check out these tips to stay on task! Write down and post all chores/responsibilities in a highly visible place. Help your child avoid being distracted by the TV by turning it off. Use […]
- The Mozart Effect: Fact or Fiction?
The Mozart effect is a theory in psychology that refers to research purporting that young children learn better when they listen to the music of famous classical musician, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Early studies indicated that when Mozart was played, short-term improvements in some cognitive functions were experienced by children. However, over time those assumptions […]
- Stop That Screaming - Dealing With Tantrums
It can happen to you. Your child will be lying on the floor in the middle of the supermarket having a full-blown meltdown. You will get judgmental or sympathetic looks from other shoppers, depending on their experiences. You shouldn’t feel guilty, though; tantrums are more complicated than a spoiled child being told they can’t have […]
- Development Activities for 5-Year-Olds
Your son has started school and, though he’ll be learning about himself and the world around him in class, you still have a key role in helping him develop the skills he needs to prosper physically, mentally and socially. How do you know what you can do? How can you work effectively with the school? […]
- Moving Onwards - Your Four-Year-Old's Development
Your child is four and it’s likely you’ll be looking ahead to him starting school soon. There is a nagging worry that can trouble many parents: how do you know if your child is at the right level and has the skills he needs to fit in at school? How can you make sure he […]
- Tech Treats for New Parents
Are you an expectant mom preparing for the birth of your eagerly anticipated child? Or are you a protective partner stressing over the arrival of your new responsibility? If your bundle of joy has left you with frayed nerves, you can toss your worrying aside and instead think about the tech treats you’ll be able to […]
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