Teaching a child
Teaching our children
We all start out dependent on our parents and we are very impressionable and are learning from the time we are infants. When we are in the crib we normally respond to our parents cues and the tone of their voices. As young babies we are in need of nurturing and love and that is what our mother provides us each and every day. We are so young at this stage of our life that we don't have any real memory of that time. Our memory of our young lives really does not take shape until we are around age 3 and older. It is very unusual to retain memory of our infancy through age 3 or 4 of any significance because we are far too young and we are completely dependent on our parents. Our parents will relate to us and share their experiences of what it was like for us as infants as our parents get to see infancy and early childhood through us. It is our gift to our parents since they have no recollection of their infancy or early childhood either except what was relayed to them through their parents experiences.
As infants and growing babies our minds are like sponges as we absorb and learn each day of our lives. We spend most of our time with our mother in the day during our early years and we are coddled, hugged, sung to, caressed, fed, changed, nurtured, loved and held. We are very delicate and our parents take great care in handling us and make sure they always wash their hands before they hold us. We are protected with baby mittens so we don't scratch our selves with our tiny finger nails. Our mother takes special care in trimming our nails and in seeing that we are properly fed and changed each day. Our mother takes great care in attending to our crying and makes sure we are pampered and smelling of desitin and baby powder every day. Our parents also make sure they stick to a regimen of regular doctor visits so we are on the proper schedule for our vaccinations and weigh ins.
Feeding times are very important and our parents sacrifice sleep time to make sure we are properly fed at all hours of the day and night whether it is at 4:00 pm or 3:30 am. The time of day or night does not matter to them. Their main concern is that we are well fed. We learn quick that crying will certainly serve our needs since we can not verbalize what we want. Generally we cry because we are hungry or we are in discomfort. Our parents have to figure it our pretty quickly and they will also know that our infancy is a very critical time and they take extra precautions when we are that young. Nature has a way of teaching both baby and parent what to do and when our cries are heard our mother and father will do all they can to help us in addressing our needs. As we approach our first 6 months we are now starting to coo, laugh, mouth words, develop sensitivities to sights and sounds and interacting with our parents. We are starting to explore our boundaries and becoming more and more curious.
Our parents deserve a pat on the back when we grow into our toddler years because they successfully nurtured us from our early infancy when we are most vulnerable to our early childhood years. As babies we are growing and in our first year we are babbling, crawling, saying some words, recognizing our parents and growing continuously. As a 1 year old we are now becoming more mobile and gaining independence. At this stage in our life we are making great strides and are now starting to walk and talk and our parents are now tested because we are still vulnerable especially because of our curiosity and our absence of fear. We know that if we climb on a table and fall it hurts and we will cry. As young children we are a bundle of energy and it takes every ounce of our parents strength to keep up with us and to make sure we are not getting into mischief. Our parents need to safety lock everything in our reach.
For parents who have special needs children it will be harder to gauge their child's progress because their attainment of typical milestones take longer to achieve and their child requires a lot more attention and a considerable amount of patience and understanding throughout their developmental stages. All parents have to learn how to raise their child and it takes time and requires that the parents always be attentive at all times.
The beauty in raising a child is that we learn so much from them and we establish a bond like no other. The bond of a child and their mother is the most special bond there could ever be. The love we hold for our child is unconditional and instinctual and the best love there is in the whole wide world. We live for our children and it is our children that give us such a wonderful gift to see the miracle of birth and seeing a tiny, precious little baby and experiencing infancy through their precious life.
As much as our babies and our children teach us we have the tremendous responsibility of providing for them, loving them, teaching them and giving them the best upbringing we possibly can. We all want to give our children the world but we can only do what we can do and our insight, our love and our courage will always guide us through joyous and difficult times. We must always maintain a positive outlook no matter what as our children learn from us and we are their world throughout their growing years.
The teachers at school will guide and teach our children their ABC's, arithmetic, sciences and other important academic subjects but we will teach our children about life and the differences between what is right and wrong. We must always take our role as parents very seriously and be as dedicated to our children as we are dedicated to our professional pursuits. Our children always come first and we must always realize that. We have the ultimate responsibility of teaching and guiding our children every day.
Edward D. Iannielli III
- Normal Stages of Human Development (Birth to 5 Years) (Child Development Institute)
This page presents an overview of child development from birth to five years of age. Links to other areas and stages of development and parenting are included.