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How to Support and Encourage Your Child’s Long-Term Development – Guest Post

They say that when you’re a parent, the days are long and the years are short. Your kid will quickly grow up before your eyes, and the choices you make each and every day make a massive difference in how they develop. To better understand your child’s stages and how to support them, look into the following:

Babyhood

During the first year of your child’s life, they learn about themselves and begin to understand the world around them. Here’s how you can give them a great start.

  • Babies have unique sleep needs; learn what those needs are and how to meet them.
  • Whether you’re heading out the door to work or just need a little relief in the wee hours, know what it takes if you decide to transition your little one to a bottle.
  • Babies need time on their tummies in order to gain the skills needed for things like rolling over, crawling and sitting up.
  • Reading to your infant offers important benefits beyond helping them drift off to sleep, like enhancing brain development and improving language skills.
  • Find easy-fitting maternity clothes to stay comfortable while caring for your baby.

Toddler Years

There are few things more curious and energetic than a toddler. These resources will help you learn how to capitalize on that.

  • There are lots of fun things you can do with your 1 to 2 year old! You’ll not only be bonding, but helping your child with motor skills, speech development, and much more.
  • A regular nap is a must for children in this phase of development. These tips help your little one nod off.
  • Picky eaters can be challenging, but youngsters need a well-rounded diet for proper nutrition. Here’s how to encourage them to sample new things.

School-Aged Children

Your kiddo is getting bigger and more independent, but they still need lots of help along the way. Here’s how to strike a balance.

  • There are small things you can do on a daily basis to encourage your child towards healthy independence.
  • For kids who read, there is no limit to the things they can learn about.
  • Consider joining your local library for free books.
  • Many kids struggle with math; make it fun with interactive online games.
  • Childrens’ social circles are especially important during the school years; you can help them with conflicts and drama.

Older Kids

As your child begins to grow towards adulthood, it’s time to step back and let them learn how to be their own person.

  • Pre-teens, tweens and teens often push for increasing amounts of independence; know where to draw the line.
  • How you respond when your older child breaks your trust will shape them and your relationship.
  • This age group tends towards perfectionism. Choose positive, healthy and practical role modeling so you don’t inadvertently encourage that mindset.
  • Teach your teen the importance of safe driving, and if their car has more than 50,000 miles on it, make sure their brake rotors are replaced.

The choices you make as a parent will give your kids a foundation they’ll take with them for the rest of their lives. By finding ways to encourage them at every stage, you’ll help them become the person they’re meant to be. There are few joys greater than watching your child become an amazing adult; be proud of your work, and enjoy the journey!

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