Child development and education are two of the most vulnerable yet most significant stages in life. It is during these stages that the child’s first identity is built based on how he first sees himself, how he thinks he should behave, and how he expects others to behave in relation to him. During these stages, also, the child will face different challenges as he goes through many transition points. These challenges include physical changes, social demands, academic pressures, and emotional needs. Some of these can be handled with just a little getting used to but others truly can place much stress and pressure on the child.
This is why parents play an integral role during child development and education. It is crucial that parents are there to provide particular understanding and guidance for the child. They must offer him support, understand what he is going through, and help him cope with these challenges.
Preschool may pose emotional, academic and social challenges for the child. This is the time when a child experiences his first prolonged separation from his parents and could also be the first time when the child is required to stay put at his assigned chair for brief periods of time, and listen and follow instruction. The child also learns how to read, write, and listen, and develops his comprehension and memory skills by learning the alphabet, the names of colors and how they look like. As for social challenges, a child is used to being pampered and being the center of attention but preschool with its group nature, requires him to share colors, books, and other supplies, participate in group games and activities, and ultimately, share the spotlight.
Early elementary years usually involve acquiring new skills and discovering hidden talents, forming new friendships, crying over petty fights, facing bullies, developing a “boy versus girl” mindset, experiencing having crushes (thus marking the start of self-consciousness and insecurity), and going through periods of envy every once in a while.
As one will see, a lot of things happen during child development and education and all of these things will have affect your child in one way or another, making it vital for parents to make sure that he receives the love, understanding, guidance, and fair discipline that he needs.