Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs you can have, but an equally challenging one – and no less so when it comes to knowing what to expect or look out for as your little one grows and develops.
Of course, no two children are ever the same. Still, we can't help but feel concerned as we see and hear of friends' children starting to sit up, walk and talk. So we hope you will find some comfort by knowing a little more about the kind of milestones you might look forward to; when not to worry and when it might be a good idea to seek professional advice.
What we mean by 'child development'
Aside from helping to reassure parents, it's useful to understand the sequence and rate at which children are typically expected to develop, so we can be there to support and encourage them on their way. But what should we look out for - and what are the main areas of development to consider? In most cases, children should...
- Be able to do more complex things as they get older
- Acquire skills based on experiences and interactions
- Learn how to get along with others and become friends
- Learn 'how to learn' about their world
The 5 areas of development
More commonly referred to as 'the S.P.I.C.E. of life', a child's development is group under the following headings...