8 Critical Stages of Development in A Child’s Life That All Parents Should Know About
Being a parent is no easy job whether you are dealing with a tantrum-throwing little sultan, little queen or a rude and annoying teenager who think they shoulder all the burdens of the world but will not discuss it with their parents.
Yes, as a parent we all have gone through these trying and confusing age ourselves and probably were a nightmare for our parents too but now that we are in their shoes, we must not repeat the same ignorant mistakes and be more conscious in dealing with our kids. So here are the critical stages of a child’s life to guide you to handle your kids in a more humane and mature manner.
1 New-born to 3 months
At this age, babies are too small to verbally communicate and crying is the only way to get attention from their parents. When you starts spending time with your infant the experience teaches you that the crying is for food, or exhaustion or some other discomfort.
Now if a baby is crying suddenly for some random reason, do not ignore it but pay attention to the baby and keep saying calm and soothing words while checking every part of their anatomy for any hurt or scratches. Moreover, these hugs and soothing words would strengthen their sense of emotional security. They will start recognising your face, sounds, and smell and be more relaxed when you are around.
Keep a baby well protected
Keeping the baby well protected in blankets while rocking them gently while humming soothing tunes keeps them calm. Also, try to avoid as much as possible any sudden change or hurried action which might startle them. The whole idea is to create an atmosphere of quietness, comfort and, peace around them.
24 to 6 months
As one of the critical stages of a child’s life, this is the age your baby can make a plethora of nonverbal noises like laughing, squealing, cooing or gurgling in response to their toys or their interaction with you and others.
Introduce them to social skills
This is the best phase when they can be introduced to a wider circle of family or pets and even kids of their age so that they learn social skills of playing and sharing things together. By now, they are more self-conscious and observant of their surroundings and they start noticing your behaviour with others as well. Time to make positive impressions.