Making sure that there are adults around who care for them, and can help them to stay safe and healthy.
Supporting and believing in your child.
Ensuring that they get respect from the adults who care for them, and have a genuine interest in helping them to express their needs, feelings and uniqueness.
Teaching by example, including what behaviour is acceptable, and what is not.
Providing the materials, equipment and time to learn, as well as providing appropriate experiences.
Allowing your child to engage in real experiences, that teach the intricacies of daily life. Active involvement in anything from washing the car to doing the grocery shopping can have an enormous impact on the development of a young child.
Development is a very individual thing, and each child will attain childhood milestones at a different pace. While there’s no reason to treat this development as a race, it’s your job as a parent to provide your child with the opportunities and support he or she needs to do the learning he or she was born to do.