Stages involved in the development of a child. It is a confusing and unfortunate fact that we never quite understand what happens to each individual during their childhood and adolescence. Some people think that children just exist and survive through childhood, while others believe that the actual stages of the developmental process are far more complex than that. To really understand what goes on during the various stages involved in the development of a child, you need to look at it from three perspectives. These are personal development, parental development and societal development.
Personal development happens throughout the life of the child and is represented through bodily and facial appearance, intelligence, motivation and adaptability. As the child matures this occurs, for example at age two or three, in the beginning of speech recognition and the beginning of empathy and social awareness. This is represented by the child gaining speech skills, first pointing at objects and soon pointing at people and different animals. Empathy occurs as the child learns to care about other people and how they feel and learn to put feelings into words.
Parental development takes place between childhood and adolescence and represents the influence of parents on the emotional and intellectual development of the child. It is represented through family dynamics and how these dynamics are expressed, such as when fights erupt and what causes these fights and how they are resolved. The child’s adjustment to his or her environment and family, and especially the attitudes and behaviors of the family members, continue to affect the child’s later years and determine their overall well being. This stage of the development of the child represents freedom from parents who have unreasonable demands and who make the child do things that they cannot understand or agree with.
Child Development Stages
Societal development is what happens after childhood has ended and the child has established himself or herself in adulthood. It continues throughout adulthood and is reflected in self-esteem, career and marital choices. Throughout this period there are changes that occur both in the personal and social aspects of an individual. Stages may include an increase in responsibility, self-awareness, assertiveness, and a sense of personal worth.
Psychological development is represented by maturity, which is the final stage involved in the development of a child. It is also the longest stage involved and represents a stage in the life of an adult where he or she has come to the end of his or her growing up years. Maturity represents a period of time where the child has come to an end stage of their life and is beginning to face the challenges of mortality.
Mental stages represent a period in which a child is growing and maturing physically. During this period he or she can begin to think and act independently. They can learn to handle different situations and have greater control over their emotions. Independence increases with physical maturity. During this stage they can begin to have interests and hobbies that they were unable to pursue while growing up. These interests and hobbies may bring them joy and develop their ability to enjoy life.
In The End
Learning begins with understanding each of these stages and what they mean. Children do not always fully understand these stages and the changes that occur along the way. This is why parents should be involved so they can monitor the progress of the child. The child may even continue on one of the stages without the parents’ knowledge. The child may enter one stage and then suddenly appear to be on the other stage without explanation. This is why it is important to be a more active role in your child’s life during the infant, toddler, and preschool years.