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  If the child is not quite ready, the support is reinstated and then gradually withdrawn once again.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

  • How to Prepare Your Child for the PediatricianHow to Prepare Your Child for the Pediatrician

    A trip to the doctor can be traumatic for young children. Adults often forget just how frightening sitting in a medical office can be, and parents may not realize the stress their children go through. It’s important for parents to prepare their children before each trip to the pediatrician. Whether the visit is to treat […]

  • why early intervention programs benefitWhy Early Intervention Programs Benefit Kids with Developmental Delays

    Parents often have a vision of how the first few years of their child’s life will go – filled with the traditional milestones of rolling over, walking, and saying their first word. But what happens when things don’t go as planned? You may have received a diagnosis in utero or soon after birth that your […]

  • Why Playing Hide-and-SeekWhy Playing Hide-and-Seek is Good for Your Child

    Children love to play hide-and-seek from their earliest days, but it’s not just a silly game. Playing peekaboo with your baby leads to searching for hidden objects and, ultimately, to the excitement of playing hide-and-seek, of being hunter or hunted without the risk of getting hurt. Whether it’s peekaboo, hide-and-seek, or hunt-the-thimble, what are the […]

  • 10 Ways to Encourage Smart Snacking10 Ways to Encourage Smart Snacking

    Raising kids with healthy eating habits is getting more difficult by the day. We live in a preprocessed and prepackaged world, and getting kids to choose healthy snacks can be a real challenge. If your kids would rather hit the fast food drive-through than grab a healthy snack, you might want to take some time […]

  • What to Do (1)What to Do When Your Child with ADHD Is Being Bullied

    Bullying can be defined as unsolicited, aggressive behavior involving an imbalance of power. It can be physical (punching, kicking, etc.), and can also take the form of insults and taunting. Prolific use of the Internet has led to the problem of cyberbullying, in which social networks are platforms for humiliation and ridicule. Cyberbullying is particularly worrisome […]

  • The Value of Teaching Your Little Ones to CookThe Value of Teaching Your Little Ones to Cook

    From the time that your little one can stand and walk on her own, she’s ready to become mommy or daddy’s kitchen helper. Exactly what she can do depends on her temperament, your patience, and the level of her dexterity. Fortunately, you can tailor these tasks for her so that they are easier to accomplish, […]

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