Ask Your Questions about Child Development

Questions about child development need to be answered because knowing that your child is normal is reassuring. On the other hand, if your child needs help, you can take action immediately and get your child in to see a professional. If your child does have developmental issues, then the earlier you seek treatment, the better the outcome will be for both you and your child.

As a parenting coach, parenting book author and child advocate, I've always believed that understanding child development is important for every human being, not just for professionals. After all, understanding how we grow and develop and continue to do so throughout our lives is essential to understanding who we are.

Of course, child development questions are particularly important to parents. Understanding how children learn and grow and where they are along this path will help you develop reasonable expectations for child behavior. When parents are unable to understand that their children may not yet be capable of certain tasks, they can become verbally or physically abusive. Many parents who hurt children do so because they are punishing their children for failing to do things that children are not yet capable of. This is a tragedy for the child, but also for the parent because such treatment constitutes a breach of trust and fractures the parent's relationship with their child. questions about child development Many of your questions about child development will be answered by reading my parenting book, Keepers of the Children. In this book, I explain human development from birth to death. The reason is clear: it is important for you to understand your child's development and equally important for you to understand your own. More than just a primer on human growth, the book will help you rediscover the privilege of being a parent and the opportunities for personal growth that you will be given as you raise your child to become a mature human being. Although the book uses some Native American concepts to illustrate the gift of parenting and the importance of understanding your child's strengths, it is written for any parent of any creed and teaches you that parenting is as much about your own growth and development as it is about your child's. The book won a Nautilus Award for parenting "books that promote conscious living and social change."

After reading the book, if you still have questions about child development, feel free and submit them below. While I can't promise that I'll answer the question personally, I do drop in from time to time. If you would like to work with me one-on-one, read about my parenting coaching program or sign up for my next online parenting class.

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