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Stages of Child Development that Parents Must Know About

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

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Parenting is a tough job, and one of the most difficult parts is knowing how to best support your child's growth. Knowing what stage of development your child is at can help you understand what they're going through, which in turn will help you be more helpful as they grow up. Here are some important facts about how children develop throughout their lives:

Physical development

Physical Development is the first stage of child development and it includes the growth of a baby's physical body. It’s important for your baby to grow physically because their emotions and intelligence both depend on it. Physical Development includes gross motor skills, fine motor skills and sensory development.

Gross Motor Skills are movements that involve large muscles like walking or running. Gross motor skills develop through crawling, pulling yourself up onto things, sitting up by yourself and walking across the room unassisted by an adult or toy support (e.g., walker).

Fine Motor Skills are movements that require precise coordination between muscles in order to perform tasks such as picking up small objects or tying shoelaces without undoing them again! Fine motor skills develop through reaching out with one hand while holding onto something else with the other hand; crawling over obstacles such as toys lying on the floor; trying to stand up from sitting position (without help).

Cognitive development

Cognitive development is essential to a child’s overall development. It is the process in which children learn how to think and solve problems, use language, and develop social interactions.

There are several milestones that you can keep track of during your child’s cognitive development:

  • Language Development – This milestone starts at birth and continues through adulthood. The first words spoken by a baby usually occur between 9 and 12 months old, but it depends on how quickly they develop physically (e.g., walking) as well as their exposure to language while they are growing up. Children tend to learn new words more easily when they are exposed continuously throughout their day.

  • Social Interaction – Social interaction helps children understand how others feel about them or what other people do in social situations.

  • Play Skills – Children must benefit from play activities so that they can learn basic concepts such as cause-and-effect relationships between objects or people.

  • Self Help Skills – Your child will improve these skills if he/she practices daily routines such as brushing his teeth without supervision from you.

  • Problem Solving Skills – Your child will be able solve problems better when he/she learns how things work together in his environment.

Creativity"Creativity" means coming up with new ideas rather than simply repeating old ones."Creative Thinking" refers to problem solving by using original thinking processes instead of relying on routine solutions provided by others

Social development

Social development is the period when a child learns to interact with other people.

The child will learn to interact with their parents and siblings, as well as other children.

In addition, they will also be able to understand their environment (for example: the house is where I live) and how it works (for example: I need to get dressed or brush my teeth in order for me to go out).

If you want your child's social skills to develop properly, it's important that you give them plenty of opportunities for interaction with others. This can include playing games together such as hide-and-seek or tag; reading stories together; going on family outings; having play dates at your home or someone else’s home; talking about what happened during the day at school when you come home from work/school etc., etc..

Emotional development

  • Understanding emotions: As a child grows, he or she will learn to understand different emotions. They will also start to recognize feelings and facial expressions that show what others are feeling.

  • Feeling emotions: Children begin to experience many different feelings as they grow up, such as happiness or sadness. They also may have mixed feelings about something that makes them feel both happy and sad at the same time!

  • Expressing emotions: It’s important for children to be able to express their feelings in a positive way by talking about how they feel and trying not to lash out at others when they are upset with someone else’s behavior.

  • Identifying emotions: Children often have trouble identifying specific kinds of behaviors in others because they haven't had much experience observing other individuals interacting with each other yet; however, this skill will become easier over time once everyone has learned how best communicate effectively during social situations together."

Moral development

Moral development is the process by which children develop a sense of right and wrong. It occurs in three stages: preconventional, conventional, and postconventional.

The first stage is the preconventional stage where kids understand that rules are made to protect them from harm or punishment; this understanding makes them feel secure because it gives them a feeling that someone will take care of them if they do what their parents tell them to do.

In the second stage called conventional morality, young people learn that rules make society function smoothly; they also learn to be self-centered and manipulative in order to get what they want out of other people because they don't think about how their actions affect others (e.g., "it's too bad you were hurt when I broke your toy but it wasn't my fault...I'm only thinking about myself").

It's very important to know and understand what your child is going through.

It's very important to know and understand what your child is going through. If you want to be the best parent possible, you need to truly understand their development and how you can help them grow into happy adults.

Knowing the stages of child development will help you do that. It will allow you to recognize when your child needs something from you, or when they're at risk of becoming depressed or anxious if they're not getting it. It also allows us more time with our children during this time when they are growing up so quickly!


It's important to know and understand what your child is going through. You can't really help them if you don't know what they're going through, so it's important to stay informed on the various stages of child development.

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