Is Your Toddler on Track?
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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