What’s Child Development?

Published on March 2, 2012 by in Family Relationships


I’ve read a lot about this topic over the years, and the academic language can be a real turn-off. Words can sometimes become a barrier to meaning, and I’d like to change that.

I define C.D. as the science of understanding children through the development of their bodies, minds and social relationships as they grow to adulthood.

The facts about how kids grow is science, but how to put this information to use in our daily lives? That’s an art.

There’s a dynamic relationship between the body, mind and social life as we get older. These three spheres overlap, and are all part of the greater and interconnected whole that is your child.

For example, when an infant’s body becomes strong enough to crawl, brand new wonders and possibilities open up to them. They are no longer completely dependent on others to explore their world, which can be exciting for them and terrifying for parents. This new-found physical mobility will stimulate an infant’s mind, and change how they relate with adults.

There are countless examples of how these three spheres ripple through one another, and sometimes it’s hard to know where one ends and another begins. Luckily, it doesn’t much matter. At this point just being aware of them is enough, and also realizing that each one develops at a different rate.

So what is child development? It’s another opportunity to understand the world through your child’s eyes. The more you do that, the stronger your mutual growth and connection will be.


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