Is Your Tod­dler on Track?

Raise Vegan - - Contents - Story by Al­li­son Lel­los M. Ed, INHC, CIHC

As the mother of a tod­dler, I re­spect and un­der­stand the im­por­tance of mile­stones. From the mo­ment my son was born, I be­gan putting great fo­cus on how well he was de­vel­op­ing, what skills and be­hav­iors he was ex­hibit­ing, and what I could do to as­sist him in reach­ing or ex­ceed­ing the next ex­pected mile­stones. It was ex­haust­ing. I thought my de­vo­tion to track­ing mile­stones would peter out as he grew, but I have come to re­al­ize that it will al­ways be at the fore­front of my mind.

An over whelm­ing em­pha­sis on mile­stones is placed upon us be­fore our child is even born and, as a re­sult, the ex­pe­ri­ence can be ex­tremely stress­ful for par­ents when they know that a bar has been set. How­ever, sim­ply shift­ing our fo­cus as to why we track mile­stones and the ben­e­fits the data pro­vides can help calm any loom­ing anx­i­ety sur­round­ing your child's de­vel­op­ment. The de­vel­op­men­tal well- be­ing of your child will al­ways be a pri­or­ity, and mile­stones can make it eas­ier to de­ter­mine i f and when your child needs more at­ten­tion in a cer­tain area.

As your child gets older, track­ing mile­stones be­comes more en­joy­able as you start to see their per­son­al­i­ties take shape and no­tice qual­i­ties that will help de­fine who they be­come. Be­cause of this, it is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the time or man­ner i n which your child reaches a mile­stone is unique to them; the process isn't one- size- fit­sall. The fol­low­ing tod­dler mile­stones were writ­ten by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, and are meant to be used as a guide. If you ever have any ques­tions about your child's de­vel­op­ment, con­tact your pe­di­a­tri­cian. ◆

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