Guidelines For Normal Child Development
Article by Ethan Kalvin
Any new parent is always concerned with their child’s development. They will always seek to the best of their ability to ensure that their child is both happy and healthy and developing along the lines of what is consider to be normal for a child within the same age range.
There will be some big issues that parents will face concerning their children and many of these will come from areas that have a lasting impact such as other parents and family members. These are the people who will generally point out the lack of development in the child when compared to other children their own age. The focus generally rests on how much more developed other children are.
The apparent measuring activities for a child’s development are things such as walking, talking and bathroom habits and every parent wants their child to move through and past these milestones in a timely manner and these are also the areas that tend to cause others to take a closer look and become concerned enough to mention these observations. Realizing that your child is normal is important to every parent. The real problem with this deduction is in the definition of normal and many believe that normal is something that is really immeasurable unless the child have significant delays in all of the mentioned areas at once.
Bath-rooming has become a particularly significant issue when it comes to child development very simply because diapers are messy and school districts want children in school from very young ages in hopes of making super brains out of them. As a result the pressure is all over parents and children to get out of those diapers and onto the toilet regularly. Many parents can’t even work because they are unable to get their child to use the toilet and while there are many children over the age of three who are perfectly normal and not yet toilet trained most daycare centers will not take a child over the age of two who is not trained to use the bathroom. This can create a huge amount of pressure that then serves to counteract the toilet training process and can in fact create setbacks for a child.
Normal child development is best researched and discussed with your child’s pediatrician. It is important to express your concerns and gather information about normal development while still keeping in mind that most children do pick up what they need and move forward in their own time and it is very few children who don’t meet these milestones. While these are markers in your child’s development it is important to make sure that you are not pressuring your child or creating blockers to letting them progress on their own time schedule.