Child Development

contribution of parents to child development 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  If the child is not quite ready, the support is reinstated and then gradually withdrawn once again.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.

Featured Child Development Articles

A Quick Guide To Understanding Your Child

A Quick Guide To Understanding Your Child

Understanding your child is one of the most important things that you should learn as a parent. It is very helpful in becoming effective in guiding and nurturing your child as they grow and mature. You need to bear in mind that your child has a unique...
"Play Is The Work of the Child" Maria Montessori

"Play Is The Work of the Child" Maria Montessori

Play activities are essential to healthy development for children and adolescents. Research shows that 75% of brain development occurs after birth. Learn how to encourage play that has long lasting value.
Temperament and Your Child's Personality

Temperament and Your Child's Personality

Information on temperament and how it effects personality development in children from Child Development Institute. Discusses how to understand your child's temperament and how to handle the difficult to raise child.
Ages & Stages

Ages & Stages

Children go through distinct periods of development as they move from infants to young adults.  During each of these stages multiple changes in the development of the brain are taking place.  What occurs and approximately when these developments take place are genetically determined.  However, environmental circumstances and exchanges with key individuals within that environment have significant influence on how each child benefits from each developmental event.

Latest Blog Posts on Child Development

  • shutterstock_115108675_miniADHD and Issues at School

    You are your child’s best advocate. Learn as much as you can about ADHD and how it affects your child at home, in school, and in social situations. If your child has shown symptoms of ADHD from an early age and has been evaluated, diagnosed, and treated with either behavior modification, medication, or a combination of […]

  • shutterstock_142055785_miniEnding Inappropriate Classroom Behavior Before It Gets Worse

    When a child is having behavior problems at school, the earlier a workable solution is developed and implemented, the better.  When poorly handled or ignored, behavior problems can quickly escalate into a much bigger problem. The first step is meeting with your child’s teacher to fully understand what the behavior is all about.  Ask questions […]

  • Reasons-why-change-is-so-difficult-for-some-children-and-how-to-help-them-through-it._mini_mini3 Reasons Why Change Is So Difficult For Some Children and How To Help Them Through It

    Change is difficult for most people, including well-adjusted and optimistic adults. It’s stressful. Yet change is a part of life, so it’s important to help children learn how to successfully adapt. Some children have a particularly difficult time managing change. Temperament Children are born with temperament. It’s genetic and occurs during prenatal development. Parents know […]

  • shutterstock_86047210_miniThe Missed Importance of Social Development for Kids With ADD and ADHD

    Children with ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) often have more difficulty with social development than what psychologists refer to as neurotypical children.  They often lag as many as three years behind their peers.  Research has shown that there is a three-year delay in the development of the thickness of the cerebral cortex in these […]

  • shutterstock_84264322_miniParenting Tips for Single Dads with Daughters

    If you are a single dad and are fortunate enough to have a daughter, you know that raising her can feel like a roller coaster ride at times. Women tend to know how to relate to their daughters because of their own experiences growing up, going through puberty, and dealing with sexuality. For dads, however, […]

  • shutterstock_4677985_miniKeeping Teens Out of Trouble Over Summer Break

    If you have a teen or teens and summertime is just around the corner, you are probably feeling a bit anxious about what they will do with their time. During the school year, you have much of the day accounted for as your child is in school. In contrast, during the summer, a teen with […]

Recommended Books for Parents on Child Development

[Click Here for more of our recommendations for books for parents]