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  If the child is not quite ready, the support is reinstated and then gradually withdrawn once again.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_152598140_mini3 Signs That Your Child Is Overscheduled and What To Do About It

    Children are resilient and adaptable. They have a myriad of interests and they’re generally not great at setting limits for themselves, and it’s tempting to allow them to pursue all of their interests. However, this can lead to overscheduling. The result is that your child can easily become stressed out, cranky, and exhausted. It’s not healthy […]

  • shutterstock_110225030_miniWhat to Do When Your Child Twists the Truth

    As children develop emotionally and mentally, they begin to figure out not only that their words and actions have consequences, but that they can also bend the truth. They learn that the words they use elicit a reaction from you. The natural tendency is to test this new found realization and to lie to avoid […]

  • The Whole Brain Child_miniBook Review: The Whole-Brain Child

    The current best-selling parent book, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, provides parents with some very practical tips on how to be parents.   The authors are able to make some rather complex science easy for parents to understand and apply in providing the nurture, guidance and structure children need to […]

  • shutterstock_224867245_miniSigns You’re A Helicopter Parent and Why That Matters

    Have you ever been called a “helicopter parent”? It’s a type of parenting that is not well received by many school administrators or other parents. Additionally, while it may be annoying for other adults, it’s also not good for your child’s development. While most parents have moments where they hover, it’s good to know when […]

  • Communication Strategies for Parents of Children with ADDCommunication Strategies for Parents of Children with ADHD

    Parenting a child with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a challenge. Communication is essential and communicating with a child who has attention or sensory challenges can be difficult. Below are strategies for strengthening communication with your child. Recognize when your child is actually hearing you and paying attention. Most people require […]

  • The Importance of Therapy for Social Development in ADHD ChildrenThe Importance of Therapy for Social Development in ADHD Children

    Children with ADHD (same as ADD or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) often have difficulty with social development.  In fact, we know that the cortex of the brain in an ADHD may be three years behind his or her peers.  This is very significant when you look at social development in kids with ADHD.  Child psychologists have […]

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