Child Development Information and Fun Activities to make your Parenting Days Easier!
Written by Linda & Ty Hatfield
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES – Ages 1-18 years old
DEVELOPMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR YOUR CHILD – Ages 18 months -18 years old
TEMPERAMENT TRAITS – The nine temperament traits and how to speak to each trait
HOW TO MAKE PICKING UP TOYS FUN
HOW TO MAKE MEAL TIME FUN
HOW TO MAKE HOMEWORK FUN
HOW TO MAKE BATH TIME FUN
HOW TO MAKE BRUSHING TEETH FUN
HOW TO MAKE GETTING IN THE CAR SEAT FUN
HOW TO MAKE EATING OUT FUN
HOW TO MAKE WAITING FUN
HOW TO MAKE BEING STUCK IN THE HOUSE FUN
HOW TO MAKE FAMILY TIME TOGETHER FUN
HOW TO MAKE BEDTIME FUN (99 BEDTIME ACTIVITIES AND RITUALS)
GENERAL TRAITS OF 2 ½ YEAR OLDS – Sample Page
LANDMARKS OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMON PARENTAL CONCERNS NOT NECESSARILY REAL PROBLEMS
- Can push a toy with good steering
- Helps with dressing, can put on his own coat though he cannot fasten it
- Helps put things away
- Feeds self with little spilling
- Can build tower of 8 blocks and line up 2-3 blocks for train
- Can tell at least her first name, calls self “Me”
- Can speak in good sentences
- Loves to be read to
- Wants things always done exactly the same way
- Very bossy
- Cannot give up his toy
- Wants both of two opposites, or cannot make up his mind
- Gets into everything
- Insists on having her own way
- Return to temper tantrums
- Cannot accept change
- Highly persistent, difficulty changing gears
- Vigorous, enthusiastic, energetic
- Has almost no patience, cannot adapt, give in or wait a little while
- Demands that everything be in its proper place (to him)
- Requires routines be followed rigidly; in the same sequence, wears the same clothes, eats the same food
- Emotional expression is intense
- Demanding bedtime rituals, same game, story, swing,
- Boys may not talk much yet
- An age of opposite extremes, having made a choice, may then want the opposite
- Rocking in bed
- May not be dry, day or night
- May give up nap
- Does not authentically understand the concept of sharing
- Does not authentically understand the concept of gratitude, for example, the words please and thank you
DEVELOPMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR YOUR CHILD – Sample Page
AGES 18 MONTHS – 3 YEARS OLD
- Gets dressed and undressed with some assistance
- Put dirty clothes in the hamper
- Put shoes in designated place, ready for the next day
- Help put toys in proper place
- Begin training to set the dinner table
- Learn to make simple decisions between two foods, or two shirts
- Learn to sweep, dust, and use a dust-buster
- Learn to seal and stamp envelopes
- Learn to clear dishes from the table
- Put clothes in the washer and take clothes out of dryer
- Put own clothes away
- Lead family prayers
- Take out garbage
- Wipe down cabinets with soapy water
- Wipe down baseboards with soapy water
- Make salads
- Help fill dishwasher
- Help make beds
- Scramble eggs and make toast with assistance
- Carry in light groceries
- Help put groceries away
- Run simple errands around the house
- Feed pets and give pets water
- Wash tables and counters with a sponge
- Get own cereal, snacks, juice, milk from kid friendly containers
- Get own plastic bowls, plates, napkins, cups, silverware at kid friendly levels
- Carry in newspaper or mail
- Turn off lights while being carried
- Simple hygiene: brush teeth, wash and dry hands, face, and brush hair
- Put weeds or leaves in a sack in order to assist the person who is pulling weeds or raking leaves
- Clean up what they spill or drop
TEMPERAMENT TRAITS (Sample Page)
How aware is your child of slight noises, emotions, differences in temperatures, taste, and textures. Does he react easily to certain foods, tags in clothing, or irritating noises or stress?
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Low Sensitivity High Sensitivity
Encouraging words for low sensitivity children:
- “Use your intuition.”
- “Listen to your body.”
Encouraging words for high sensitivity children:
- “You notice _____.” “Loud noises bother you.” “Tags in your clothing are uncomfortable for you.”
- “You are selective!”
Parenting opportunities for low sensitivity children:
- Teach your child self-awareness through art, cooking and music.
- If you are high sensitive and your child is low sensitive you may want to create a win-win before entering situations.
Parenting opportunities for high sensitivity children:
- Be sensitive to how much stimulation your child is receiving through noise, textures on clothing, bright lights, and smells.
- Teach your child to notice discomfort and to communicate his needs early to you.
HOW TO MAKE TO MAKE BEDTIME FUN (Sample Page)
(99 BEDTIME ACTIVITIES AND RITUALS)
HOW TO MAKE BEDTIME FUN – 99 BEDTIME ACTIVITIES AND RITUALS
- Special kisses – Invent new ways to kiss goodnight for example, Eskimo kiss, butterfly kiss, have fun and be creative!
- Rub your child’s feet.
- Sing a song – Use your child’s name in the song.
- Tell a funny true story.
- Tell a funny made up story.
- Imaginary friends – Make up a story about two imaginary friends who go on an adventure or fantasy together, continue telling the story for several nights in a row.
- Read a book to your child using different voices or accents.
- Your child reads a book to you – Assist with pronunciation only when your child asks.
- Guess who this is? – Have your child turn on to his stomach and you place one of his stuffed animals on his back, push a little so he feels it, and ask him to guess which animal it is. Take turns back and forth playing this game.
- Guess what this is? – Have your child close her eyes and you hand her an object from her room, ask her to guess what it is. Take turns back and forth playing this game.
- Fill in the blank story. “One stormy night there were two friends named _______.”
- The List Game – Name all the _____ you can. For example, name rides at Disneyland, colors, ice cream flavors, etc.
- Read or tell a story in the closet with a flashlight.
- Try to make me laugh or crack a smile game.
- Tell them every night, “I love you to infinity and beyond, parsec, forever, blast off!”
- Prepare your child’s clothes with him for the next morning with the clothes laid out on the floor as if it were a homicide scene.
- Bring a special visitor (pets) to say goodnight.
- Dress up like a clown with goofy clothes and an accent.