As a first time mom, I was beside myself. Why wasn’t he walking yet? His best friend and playmate had been walking for weeks already, and Jonah was still on all fours crawling beside him. Was there something wrong with him? Will this hinder his success later on? What was it that I was doing or not doing that was hindering his success?
My would-be tiger parenting right after my child’s first birthday was going overboard. I needed to stop consulting Dr. Google and just let my child be – in fact, he did start walking later that week. The balance where my child should be and where he actually is, is a balance I’m still learning to walk. Here are the main points to know about milestones:
I’ve heard some parents say that they don’t care about developmental milestones; their child can and will learn at their own pace. But it’s important to continue to be aware of whether they’re just a little behind or a lot behind. Sometimes the more time that is spent on waiting for areas of development to catch up, is time that could be otherwise spent on decreasing the gap in skills.
On the other hand, the importance of early childhood development cannot be overstated. The emotional, social, physical, language, and even spiritual development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become. If early intervention takes place, your child can get the support they need, and the better chance for success.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11
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