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  If the child is not quite ready, the support is reinstated and then gradually withdrawn once again.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

  • Untitled design (43)Raising Your Teen's Self-Esteem

    Self-esteem is a tricky beast for teenagers, especially with the roller-coaster of emotions roiling through them. Some days they might feel on top of the world, other days they’ll feel like the lowest of the low. The problem really appears when there are far more bad days then good days. Sometimes, it’s a big enough […]

  • Untitled design (42)Speech & Language Goals in Preschool

    It is the preschool years when children’s language abilities really take off. By the age of 5, while your preschooler won’t be able to engage in a political discussion, she will be able to clearly communicate and understand the communication of others. But this skill is actually the composition of many highly specific skills learned in […]

  • Lessons Children Learn from Playing Team SportsLessons Children Learn from Playing Team Sports

    Studies have shown that when children get involved in team sports, their overall educational experience is greatly improved. But what about the child that isn’t a natural athlete or doesn’t enjoy playing on a team, are there still benefits to be had from playing team sports? The short answer: absolutely! Here are five lessons team sports […]

  • Untitled design (39)Eight Ways to Encourage Self-Motivation in Your Child

    Self-motivation is a trait that is often underrated. It’s more than just getting out of bed in the morning; it can have a huge impact on how well your child does in school. Children are naturally motivated to learn until they’re about 7 years old. After this time, they’ll need the ability to motivate themselves, […]

  • Untitled design (37)Moving Onwards - Your Eight-Year-Old

    You might feel like an old hand as a parent, having watched your son progress from a tiny baby unable to roll over to a boy running everywhere, but he has some way to go before he’s ready to face the adult world and he still needs support from you. His gross motor skills are […]

  • Moving Onwards (2)Moving Onwards - Your Seven-Year-Old

    Your son is now seven and showing improvements in his physical, cognitive and social development. It might be tempting to think he’ll get most of the support he needs at school, and he is practicing and developing vital skills there, but you still have an important role in helping him progress. So how can you […]

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