When learning what parenting skills we need with our kids, ages and stages of childhood development matter. Our children reach certain milestones during the different stages of their lives, generally around the same age. Here you will find information on the milestones your child is working on at their stage of life, tips on helping them make the most of their current age, tips on avoiding the pitfalls and what ‘normal behavior’ is for children of all ages.
All Ages and Stages of Childhood Development:
- Infant / Baby’s First Year An infant is a baby in its first year of life. These days parenting media resources focus on issues that surround ‘Baby’s First Year’ instead of calling your baby an ‘infant’. When you first bring your baby home, they are called a newborn. A newborn is defined as the first stage of life starting at birth through the first 28 days… more about parenting a baby.
- Toddler A toddler is defined as a child between the ages of 1 and 3. It is a time when children learn how to do the the things we adults take for granted – walking, talking, potty training, feeding ourselves, etc. They have a lot to learn in those couple of years! Parents will find that lots of patience and encouragement will help their child strive to try these new behaviors and pick themselves up when they fall… more about parenting a toddler.
- Preschooler A preschooler is defined as a child between the ages of 3 and 5. Children at the preschool level are making huge strides in large motor skills, growth, social development, fine motor skills, language development and so much more. Parents of preschoolers will find themselves surprised at some of the things their child is picking up and may have a hard time keeping up with them… more about parenting a preschooler.
- School Age Children
School age children are defined a the group of children between the ages of 5 and 11. This age group becomes more independent of their parents, learns to be alone in the outside world and continues to grow at a rapid rate. They enjoy getting to know their peers, figuring the ‘whys’ of the world around them and learning new things… more about parenting the school age child.
- Preteen / Tween Preteens, also referred to as Tweens, are prepubescent 9- through 12-year-olds. Parenting a preteen is more than just a preview of things to come, as tweens have developmental issues to deal with before they even get to the teen years… more about parenting preteens.
- Teens Teens, or teenagers, are children above the age of 13-years-old. Young adults under the age of 20 are also considered teenagers, albeit older teens. During the teen years, also called adolescence, your child will grow to become an adult. Your job as a parent at this time is to guide this young person into an adulthood where they can succeed… more about parenting teens.
- Young Adult A young adult is defined as being between the ages of 17 to 21. But you will be the parent of this person for the rest of your lives – and they will always be your child. But parenting a grown child will be different for each child you have… more about parenting young adults.