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  If the child is not quite ready, the support is reinstated and then gradually withdrawn once again.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

  • reducing screen time may improve kids' behavior & focus- a book review (1)Reducing Screen Time May Improve Kids' Behavior & Focus – A Book Review

    According to a new book, Reset Your Child’s Brain – A Four-Week Plan To End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing The Effects of Electronic Screen Time by child psychiatrist, Victoria Dunckley, M.D., excessive screen time can lead to impaired brain function and interfere with a child’s development. Dr. Dunckley reviews the […]

  • Moving Onwards Yout Ten Year Olds Development BlogMoving Onwards: Your Ten-Year-Old's Development

    Your son is now officially in his second decade and, while he no longer needs you to hold his hand as much, you still have a valuable role in helping him negotiate the path to adulthood. His physical skills are now well developed and he might be interested in activities that require coordination, balance, strength […]

  • Moving On Your Nine Year Olds Development BlogMoving On: Your Nine-Year-Old's Development

      You’ve been a parent for nine years and you’ve seen your son progress from a helpless infant to an increasingly independent child with his own personality, but don’t worry, he still needs your help to grow into a healthy, happy adult. His physical skills have developed to the point where he has good body […]

  • 5 Reasons Your Kids Should Be Playing Minecraft Blog5 Reasons Your Kids Should Be Playing Minecraft

        In November of 2011, Mojang officially released Minecraft, a sandbox-style building game with an adventure and creative mode. It allowed its players to build almost anything, anywhere, and challenged them to build bigger and better. The game has since been adapted to multiple platforms, including online multiplayer. What Does This Have to do […]

  • 4 Ways to Spot and Nurture Talent in Your Child Blog4 Ways to Spot and Nurture Talent In Your Child

    What does your child do well? All children have abilities of one sort or another, though they don’t always reflect those of their parents. Your youngster might be the first in the family to have a knack for gymnastics or a penchant for the piano, or she might have a unique ability to make people […]

  • toddlers ways blog5 Tips to Save Your Toddler's Words Forever

    If you have a young child, you’ll probably be recording their changing looks and developments with your camera. But what about their words? Kids often make their most marvelous utterances at random moments, and their words can fly by before you’ve had time to grab any recording equipment. Your toddler will be delighting you daily […]

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