While every child is different and there are no hard-and-fast rules about when certain developmental milestones occur, there are general timelines for when we expect to see certain accomplishments. Relatedly, some children may be advanced in one area and slightly behind in another. The behaviors listed below are those that are typically achieved during the 1-year-old year and are shared merely as a guideline. As parents, we may wish to help our children play to their strengths and consider interventions to support and strengthen their weaker areas; consulting with professionals can help determine appropriate paths for intervention.
It’s easy for most parents to have tons of empathy for their kids when they fall off their bikes or don’t make the soccer team. However, it’s much harder for parents to keep calm and stay positive when the kids haven’t been pulling their weight around the house. The Psych Mom shares how using empathy makes discipline easier for mom and dad, defuses potentially emotional situations, and even makes limits more palatable for kids.