Posted by: coachingparents | October 26, 2009

Child Developement

by Danielle Koprowski

I encourage parents to get educated about child development. It is really helpful to understand that children go through different stages. To know what one can expect at different age levels, like that children become cognitively and emotionally developed enough to share around age 5-6. It is helpful not to expect a younger child to share or to think something is wrong when they do not. It helps to know that they will grow out of their immaturity and into independent empathic adults.

Grandparents can often (but not always) be more calm and non-reactive to a child’s behavior because they know from experience that the child will learn to … share, be polite, etc. They trust that the child will “blossom” in their own time, because they have watched you and your siblings mature.

Naomi Aldort has some sage advice on the matter. She says, the way you know your child is ready (or not ready) for the next development is by seeing what they are doing. When they are ready to walk, they walk. When they are ready to talk, they talk. When they are ready to share, they share…

Question of the week: How can I honor my child(ren) and myself for where we are in our development right now?

Caveat: Always trust yourself as a mother to know if there is something about your child’s development that needs to be addressed. You know your child best.

Danielle Koprowski
Free To Be Parenting Support
ACPI Certified Coach for Parents

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