Ever since the child is born, he/she goes through a lot of physical, mental and emotional development which compels them to act in a not-so-normal fashion. New parents many fret over these new behavioural patterns of their child but, here’s what you need to do when your child goes through the child development stages.
Before we take a look at the parenting tips, lets us first understand what the child development stages are.
The child development has been carefully segregated based on the child’s age and the developmental progress that they possibly show in that age. For each of the stages, a positive and creative parental approach is a must. Read on to familiarise yourself with the behavioural, physical mental and emotional development of the child.
The child developmental stages are classified as below:
- Baby development
- Toddler development
- Pre-school development
- School-aged children development
In each of these stages, it is crucial to react to everything creatively and positively. As a parent, your child at this child developmental stage is only going to look up to you for nurturing and honing themselves as individuals. Thus, it is crucial to know what all can you do to support these developments positively.
During the child developmental stages, your child is both – curious and scared. They are curious as to know what is all this and what lies ahead and they are excited to jump into the next phase of their lives. However, as a parent you need to help them relax and calm them whenever necessary. You must have often come across this question from your toddler, “Mama, when will I become big?” That is their curiosity to know what’s next and experience it first-hand. You can react to this saying, “I think you are big already” and then follow that statement with a list of responsibilities that grown-ups take up.
Another essential and crucial step in child development is nutrition. It is important that the child is well-nourished. Nutrition primary gives the child the required energy that copes with the rapid physical and emotional changes that are taking place inside their body. Thus, as a parent, ensure that the child consumes all the vital vitamins, minerals and acids on a day-to-day basis. Including green veggies, fruits and cereals will help give the child a rounded development.
Listen, observe and appreciate:
As a parent, you may want to say a lot to your child but, to help your child groom to its new development it is crucial that you listen to how your child is putting words together or reacts to a situation. This is an ideal moment to tell your child the right from the wrong. Once you have successfully done this, observe if your child is headed in the right direction the next time the same situation. If they do improve their reaction than the previous one, appreciate them. It is essential to appreciate the child for everything good that they do as appreciation encourages them to take better action in future.
Questions are the answers:
Knowing your child will ask you a lot of questions, as a parent you must be prepared to answer a few. However, to give them an effective answer – the one that will stay with them for long – it crucial that children learn to seek their answers by themselves. For example: for a questioned asked, don’t just uprightly answer instead take your child through the process of finding answers by asking them questions.
This will not only stimulate their logical reasoning but, will also give them the confidence of seeking correct answers and not depending on external sources for it.