what you should know about your child’s development

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Are you a parent or an intending parent? This piece is definitely for you, the childhood stage is a very critical period of every child and as a parent or and intending one read on to be abreast the situation,
Child development can be a fascinating thing
to observe. One of the reasons why so many
people take such a great interest in
development is that it’s something with which
we all have experience. By learning about
development, we can not only gain greater
insight into our own history and experiences,
but we can better understand the growth
process of our own children.
Here are ten things that you should know
about child development:
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1. Problems during the prenatal period can
impact later childhood development. Some
potential problems include prenatal exposure
to teratogens such as drugs, toxins, and
diseases. Genetic issues such as inherited
diseases and chromosomal anomalies can
also impact child development.
2. The interaction between genes and
environmental variables can influence how a
child develops. For example, a child’s genes
might dictate that he grows to be quite tall,
but if he does not receive proper nourishment
as he is growing he might never achieve his
full height.
See Also: 8 of the Best-Known Theories of
Child Development
3. Researchers have found that parenting
styles can influence child development
outcomes. For example, children raised by
authoritative parents tend to grow up to be
happy and capable while those raised by
permissive parents tend to have more
problems with authority figures and are less
successful in school.
4. When it comes to physical development in
early childhood , growth follows a directional
pattern. The center of the body develops
before the extremities, large muscles develop
before small ones, and development follows a
top-down process starting at the head and
moving down to the toes.
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5. Baby talk, also known as infant-directed
speech or motherese, has been shown to aid in
the development of language. The use of
simplified vocabulary, exaggerated
vocalizations, and higher-pitched intonations
helps babies learn words with greater speed
and ease.
6. The development of language occurs in four
basic stages: the babbling stage, the single
word stage, the two word stage, and the
multi-word stage.
7. Development in childhood follows a fairly
predictable path and timetable, which is why
doctors and child experts utilize
developmental milestones to help determine if
a child’s growth is on track. However, it is
also important to note that there is quite a bit
of variability in when kids reach these
milestones. Just because a child has not
quite reached a particular milestone such as
walking or talking as early as some of his
peers does not mean that there is a problem
or that the child’s development is not normal.
8. Children with parents who respond quickly
to their needs and play more with their kids
tend to have secure attachment styles. Kids
with this style of attachment tend to be more
empathetic, have stronger self-esteem, and are
more mature than children with other
attachment styles.
9. The authoritative parenting style is often
identified as the best style overall. This style
is more likely to produce children who are
competent, confident, and happy. Parents with
this style of parenting listen to their children
and provide warmth and support, but provide
limits, expectations, and consequences for
behavior.
10. While parents often worry about leaving
their children at daycare or with a babysitter,
developmental psychologists believe that such
child care can be a positive influence on a
child as long as it is of high quality. By being
selective and watching out for any potential
warning signs, parents can help ensure that
their children receive the best possible care.
http://psychology.about.com/od/developmentalpsychology/qt/child-development-facts.htm

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