Magical moments

Magical moments
Each time toddlers do something for the first time or reach a new milestone, their parents shower them with praise and make a big fuss. This kind of encouragement is important for a child’s development.

Each time toddlers do something for the first time or reach a new milestone, their parents shower them with praise and make a big fuss. This kind of encouragement is important for a child’s development.

“It’s perfectly normal for parents to make a big deal of their child’s firsts. Their excitement is an expression of love, but also one of pride,” says psychologist Marie-Ève Brabant. “Parents play an active role in their little ones’ learning; they’re proud of their children’s accomplishments.” It’s also good for kids to see their parents react so positively, she adds. “It makes them feel proud and capable, and it boosts their selfesteem.” All of which encourages them to continue exploring and trying new things.

A child’s firsts are also reassuring for the parents, says Brabant. “Parents are bombarded with information about child development, so it’s comforting to see their child take her first steps or get her first teeth.” These are welcome signs that things are on the right track.

One speed doesn’t fit all

That said, there’s no need to worry if your child talks less than a chatterbox cousin of the same age. “Every child is unique and develops at his own pace,” explains Brabant. “An infant’s temperament and his interactions with the people in his life are key factors. Some children, for example, just happen to learn to walk early and start talking later.” Loving parents and a safe, happy environment are generally all a child needs to grow up normally. But if ever you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to bring it up with a professional.

 

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SourceNaître et grandir magazine, January–February 2018
Research and copywriting: Julie Leduc
Scientific review: Solène Bourque, psychoeducator

 

Photo: Maxim Morin