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Child Development and the Parents Role

A article briefly covering child development and a parents role.

Receiving news that a child is on the way does not automatically qualify you as a parent, no matter what many people believe. Being a parent requires a lot of work and comes with many responsibilities. According to Wikipedia “Parenting is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood.” So lets explore what each of these mean, and see how we can accomplish them to help our children.

Physical Development

The physical development of a child refers to the way they grow; this means their height, weight, and other changes that happen to the body. A doctor normally tracks a child’s growth progress on regular check ups, and they will inform you if they believe there is a problem. As parents we can help keep our children on track by instilling values of fitness and nutrition. This will require us to keep an eye on what our children eat, and to find fun ways to keep our children active. (1)

Emotional Development

Emotional development is “The development of a full range of emotions from sad to happy to angry, and learning to deal with them appropriately.”(2) Starting at birth children begin to explore their emotions first by crying when they want or need something, and developing into more advanced sounds and words as the child grows. As parents it is our job to teach our children how to handle the emotions they are experiencing and the proper response to said emotions.

Social Development

Social development begins at a young age for a child and starts with their parents and any other people that may be around the child a lot. Starting at ages 2-3 children will tend to be self-centered around social development, but will conform and imitate those around them. At this stage it is very important for parents to set a good example, because the things your child learns here will carry with them when they get older. So try to not fight, display angry, or be disrespectful to others. (3)

Intellectual Development

Intellectual development is a process that starts at birth and continues though life. With a child the developments are noticed more and can be seen in stages or age groups. In each stage as the child grows he or she will develop more advanced motor and reasoning skills. As parents we can buy toys and other items that are designed to help our children develop intellectually, and help guide them when learning.

Conclusion

Helping our children through each of the stages above is one prime responsibility of parents, but being a parent doesn’t end there. Parents are there for their children when they wake up with nightmares, when they feel sad, and to share in their excitement. Parents are also there to guide and help their children learn from mistakes made.

Being a parent is by no means easy and parents earn their title.

Sources

(1) http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/growing/childs_growth.html

(2) www.tuition.com.hk/psychology/e.htm

(3) http://socialdevelopmentinchildren.com/

 

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