The Big Picture

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From the moment a child is born, they embark on a journey of growth and development. It becomes the responsibility of parents to ensure that children reach their full potential and thrive well in every aspect of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recognizes this and has created a roadmap of milestones to guide parents through the various stages of their child’s development.

Physical Development

As a child grows, they experience remarkable physical changes. The journey begins with their first attempts to hold their head up, followed by rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and eventually, walking. These milestones are the building blocks for their gross motor skills and enable them to run, jump, and climb as they grow older.

As they gain control of their fine motor skills, they will learn to hold and manipulate objects, eventually mastering utensils, pens, and pencils. Every new physical milestone is a triumph for a child, and each one opens new possibilities for exploration and adventure.

Cognitive Development

A child’s mind is a treasure trove of potential, waiting to be unlocked. As they grow, they will begin to explore and understand the world around them. They will learn to recognize faces and voices, understand cause and effect, and develop memory and problem-solving skills.

For example, by the age of five, they will have a basic understanding of language, letters, and numbers:  preparing them for a lifetime of learning.

Social-Emotional Development

As a child grows, they develop social and emotional skills that enable them to form relationships and navigate the complexities of the world around them. They learn to express their feelings, make friends, and develop empathy.

A child’s journey of growth and development is a fascinating and awe-inspiring journey. By monitoring their progress and supporting them every step of the way, parents can help them achieve their full potential. The AAP milestones prove to be an excellent guide for parents, providing a roadmap helping them to guide their child in every aspect of life.

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