Kids are still kids

As an early childhood educator, parents have asked me if “child development”, which I understand to be developmental levels, still matters.

Yes, it does.

My new grandson, Elijah, is not going to use a Lego like his four-year old brother or any of his cousins. Elijah would mouth the Lego and choke; everyone else would use it to build.

Development still matters.

However, even as an infant, Elijah is exposed to sights and sounds
that previous generations of babies haven’t seen or heard. We need to figure out how to respect a child’s developmental level while a whole new world takes shape around him.

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