5 Things to Know about Raising Kids: Know Child Development

Like many of you, Tom and I were quite aware of what we didn’t know about raising kids so eagerly signed up for a newsletter called “Growing Child” when our first child was about one day old (which BTW is still around.)

Each month the new issue arrived in our mailbox and told us what to expect developmentally at our child’s  month-age and offered tips for activities, interactions and toys.  Definitely a life line!  We finally threw out our ragged collection not long ago.

Recognizing what is a “normal” range of expectations for each stage of childhood helps immensely  in understanding what’s going on in your house.

Little tips can clue you in like knowing that four-year olds like power and are likely to announce they don’t like Grandma, Jesus or anything else important to you.  Good to know that third and seventh grades are more challenging than all the rest when your kid is struggling.

Did you know 7-year old girls get hormonal surges and 10-year-olds are starting to separate ever so slightly?  Me neither till I read about it and then observed it at the dinner table.

Along the way we threw out the notion of “terrible two’s” as well as “terrifying teens” and enjoyed our kids without the baggage of the dreaded labels.  Research shows so much more positive than negative stuff going on in those years.  Reframing helps!

Basic knowledge of child development doesn’t require a PhD.  Take advantage of articles, books, programs, and materials to give you the basics and, of course, hope for the best!

Thursday:  Know your Child

2 Responses to “5 Things to Know about Raising Kids: Know Child Development”

  1. 1 Kirra Antrobus November 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I don’t have kids yet, but I imagine knowing what to expect a little ahead of time makes a big difference!

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