If your child does not seem to mature as swiftly as expected, you feel just as concerned and responsible. How about learning to go with the flow and respecting your child’s rhythm, interests, and uniqueness?
Children’s development: take a trip on a jet plane!
Here is a quick overview of everything your child will learn in the first five years of their lives. The rest of their lives will never match these first few years in terms of changes.
During their first year of life, your child will
- Triple their weight and increase their height by 33
- Change from being in a foetal position to standing
- Learn to interact and create meaningful relationships with
- Experience the basics of communication by giggling, yawning and by discovering the different senses: touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight.
From 1 to 3 years of age, your child continues to explore the world, sometimes to your greatest dismay.
- They will easily walk, run and climb.
- Your child will learn how to express themselves, beginning with gestures, words, and finally small sentences.
- They will learn self-assertiveness, mostly by using the word “NO”!
- They will discover the joys of being surrounded by other kids and the frustration caused by having their favorite toy taken away.
- They will gradually control their sphincters and learn to
Even if a child still needs their parents, they will slowly build a sense of autonomy and express the desire to accomplish things on their own. They can do it!
- With their friends, your child will also learn to share, negotiate and experience moments of great complicity filled with laughter!
- They will love to use role-playing to take
exampleon adults; especiallyyou as a parent.
- Your child now has complete control over their body and they can jump, climb, go upstairs and even stand on one leg!
- They learn to draw, paint, and craft. They can recognize different symbols or images and associate them with the
appropriateword. Your child will also be introducedto reading and writing, and soon they will be ready for school! Wow!
To each their own rhythm and interests: your child is unique!
Rationally, you already know that each child is different in their own way. However, emotionally, you might feel uneasy if you notice your child’s development to be a little slower than average.
Remember that your child is always working on improving one aspect of their development as a person. It may not be the same aspect as the neighbor’s daughter or son but it is definitively a feature of your child’s life they find important enough to invest time on. Your child will instinctively spend time on activities that