Is your child’s development normal

Is Your Child’S Development Normal?

Parents love to watch their kids grow up and hit different child development milestones. However, there are so many different charts that can confuse parents and make them think their children are falling behind.

Even if you do think your child is falling behind, it is not that big of a deal. All children develop at different rates, it isn’t right to put a number on it. The charts are there just to average, to help parents plan for the future, because eventually, all children will hit the right milestones.

If you feel like you child is falling behind, express your concerns to your pediatrician before going crazy. At Parent Learning Club, you can

communicate with other parents about child development and get tips on how to help your own child in a gentle way that won’t decrease your child’s self-esteem. All parents want their children to hit every child development stage early, or right away, and most children don’t. It is important to work with your children and help them reach those milestones but it is equally as important not to force anything on your children.

Here is a list of important child development states and the average ages children are supposed to reach those stages:

  • By age 2 your child will be learning to link words together to form more complete sentences, learning to use adjectives (happy, sad, big), have a vocabulary of about 50 or so words, and be speaking clearly enough so parents understand at least half of what they are saying. Social skills are another thing most parents worry about when thinking about child development. At around 2, children begin to be aware of their individual identities, may become defiant, develop interest in playing with other children, and sometimes, their separation anxiety begins to go away. Cognitively, at age 2, children begin to play make believe, sort objects by colors and shapes, scribble on paper (every fridge’s favorite stage of child development!) and find hidden objects. Physically, children at this stage of child development should be able to walk, climb on furniture, attempt to run, be able to build small block towers and empty objects from containers.
  • By age 3 children should be able to name most common household objects, know their first and last names, use pronouns and plurals, as well as be able to answer simple questions (how old are you, what did you do today…etc.). Most children at this age also start to imitate their parents and friends, learn to take turns, express affection, and be away from their parents for extended periods of time. Cognitive child development at age 3 means that children will be playing make-believe often, know colors and shapes, understand spatial concepts (in, on, over, under), and copy circles. Physically, children should be learning to walk up and down stairs, kicking, climbing, running, riding tricycles, building towers of six or more blocks, and turning book pages.
  • By age 4 in child development, children should be able to describe the uses of common household objects, speak clearly enough so non-family members can understand, using verbs that end in ‘ing’ and using past tense verbs, and be able to tell simple stories. Socially, children begin to really play together, cooperate with playmates, try to solve problems, becomes interested in doing new things, and slowly becoming more independent. Physically, in child development stages, children should be becoming more active, be able to stand on one foot for very short amounts of time, throw and kick balls, learn to catch, dress and undress themselves and should be learning to use scissors (with supervision of course!). Other than that, cognitively, most child development charts say that by age 4, children should be becoming more involved in complex imaginary play (playing house, doctor, etc.), be able to write some capital letters, name all their colors and draw people with 2-4 body parts.
  • By age 5 children should be able to use complex sentences, know their full name and address, use future tenses, and understand rhyming words. At this stage in child development, children start wanting to be like friends, learn to follow rules, understand different genders, and wanting to do things alone. This is also an interesting stage in cognitive child development. Children at age 5 start using their imagination to create and tell stories, name more colors, count 10 objects, distinguish the difference between fantasy and reality, copy different shapes, and understand the concept of time. By age 5 children should also be learning to hop, swing, do somersaults, learn to ride a bike, swim, and should be able to brush their own teeth and hair, as well as being able to care for other personal needs.

Remember, child development lists are just lists, and there is no set rule for ALL children.  Many children have been known to be behind developmentally during the younger ages, but caught up with flying colors as they grew.  So if your child is delayed according to this list, it may not be a cause for worry. All children will eventually learn to do all of these things, at their own rate. Child development is a complex thing, and children should never be put down or stressed because they develop more slowly. So stop worrying, and enjoy watching your kids hit the different child development milestones!  You can learn more about these stages at Parent Learning Club.

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