It’s natural to worry over the growth and development of your kiddos. From the time they are born, well into adulthood, and beyond, they are a constant focus of love, compassion, worry, and concern for a good parent. However, there are some things that you need to relax about. And most milestones are one of them. Here are a few facts you should know about milestones for babies, toddlers, and kids.
Every Child, Regardless of Age, is Different
You might have noticed that your 2-year-old is stronger and more active than others his age. But he might lack verbal skills. Or, you may notice that your daughter is super-talkative as a toddler, but she’s not much for independent playtime. Right now, you need to realize that every child, regardless of age, is different in what they like, what they do, and how they develop.
Your little one could be so focused on climbing and playing that he misses the chance to learn a few new words. Or, any variation of difference could occur. The best thing you can do in these cases is appreciate your child for the things they CAN do, encourage them to learn more, and don’t compare them to other kids. Some children simply focus on one development at a time, but they will catch up in the long run.
Development Milestones Aren’t Solid or Certain
While development milestones are prevalent in the lives of most parents with babies and toddlers, these milestones aren’t set in stone. They are more like suggestions. Or, if you’d prefer, the norm of where kids are at a certain age. So, don’t be hard on yourself or your kiddo if they are slower or faster than others their age. It could just take them a little more time to catch up, which is okay.
It’s Okay to Be Worried and Ask for Help
If you have deep concerns about your kiddos development or behaviors, then it’s okay for you to be worried, concerned, and ask for help. Start with a pediatrician, ask for advice from specialists, and strive to help your child learn the things that you feel they may have overlooked or missed. Additionally, you can ensure your child reaches physical milestones with a good nutritious diet. Essential to development, seek counsel from a virtual nutritionist to ensure your kiddo is on the right track.
The bottom line is—children are going to learn and grow at their own pace. And that’s okay. It’s normal to feel concerned, but try to keep your stress and worries to a minimum—because, 9 times out of 10, kiddos simply need a little more time to develop the skills you think they should have by now.