The Different Stages of Childhood Development
Many people today don’t know much about the stages or milestones the children around them go through. There are three different age ranges that come into play when talking about children: infancy, early and middle childhood, and adolescence. All throughout childhood children go through physical growth and mental growth.
The first stage of childhood is infancy. Infancy ranges from birth to about two years of age. As stated by Global Post, during this time they will go from a clueless newborn with little motor control to an on-the-verge-of-toddling baby. Global Post also said that, by the age of two, children are up on their feet walking and running around. This is the beginning of their physical development. Another development children go through is their mental development. According to Seven Countries Services, Inc., babies intentionally repeat actions that bring them pleasure and desirable outcomes. Another mental growth babies go through, as stated in Seven Countries Services Inc., is that they learn the pattern of trust. If a baby in the infancy stage has a need and that need is regularly addressed they learn to expect their needs to be met and that is how they learn to trust.
The second stage is early and middle childhood. According to Robert Feldman, Prentice-Hall, while going through physical growth in the early and middle childhood stage, a child’s body weight will usually double and their growth rate and sizes will vary. He had also stated that as their minds develop, children’s memory and problem solving skills improve. They begin to think more logically and have the ability to make mature judgments as they proceed through their early and middle childhood stages of life.
The final stage of childhood is adolescence. During the physical development preteens and teens become interested in forming what can become intense, romantic, and sometimes sexualized relationships with others, according to...
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