This is a basic developmental chart that outlines broad guidelines as to what the average child is achieving at that particular age and stage. These are not supposed to be prescriptive and children may develop faster or slower in all or some of the areas. This is perfectly normal but if you are particularly worried then contact your doctor or paediatrician and share your concerns. I have simply included this in order to give you some guidelines.
Children’s needs are relatively simple; they need to be given food, warmth, shelter, stimulation and unconditional love. The word “stimulation” seems to be a catch phrase recently and many magazines and books put forth the benefits of stimulating your child and then rapidly backtracked when experts pointed out that it is possible to over-stimulate your child. They were right. You can over-stimulate your children but don’t let this be something that puts you off doing things with them. Children need you to play an active role in their lives. That’s one of the key words of this book – play. The idea behind this book is to give you ideas of what you can do with your children in order to ensure that you enhance your children’s developmental progress, stimulate your children appropriately and, above all, enjoy and have fun with your children.