The stages of child development can help you track your child’s progress in major areas. While these stages can vary depending on the age of your child, they may be placed into four major stages. Here is some information and advice on the stages:
- Physical: This is highly dependent on the age of your child, and there may be differences individually. Ensure that your child eats a healthy diet, including fruits, vegetables, and other important food groups.
- Motor Development: Fine and major motor skills are important. Use activities that will help promote these areas. Coloring, cutting, and writing are three important examples that can be found in this major development stage.
- Language: Vocabulary and forming sentences will hopefully grow as your child ages. Work on building your child’s vocabulary and working on important aspects. For instance, many preschool and “older” (relatively) children have trouble with past/present tenses in speech.
- Social and Emotional: This broad category will enable your child to interact with others, and encompasses emotional issues that appear in childhood. Do your best to understand difficulties to work on in this area.
Look for activities and toys to help your child. For instance, your child may be unwilling to share her favorite doll shoes and clothes with others. Items like this, such as sharing and emotional concepts, can be a common sight with children.
Stay in close contact with any applicable caretakers. With a positive and careful approach you can do your best for your child in these incredibly important areas.