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Stats on Child Development

It has become such a common practice to first have the review from others before we do something, buy something or see something. But when it comes to your kid, do you really do the same thing?

Come, let us know a few interesting and alarming stats on your child’s development.

  1. Authoritative Parenting: It has found to have a positive influence on kids. Do not confuse authoritative with dominant. In authoritative parenting, parents have a habit of listening to their kids carefully and respond rationally. It has found to have led kids on the path of discipline, punctuality and better learning. Screaming, shouting, scolding, abusive words, etc. do not form a part of authoritative parenting.The result is a happy, confident and competent kid.
  2. Brain:
    1. At the age of 5, a kid’s brain is twice as active as an adult brain. At this age, the neurons multiply at the fastest rate and connect with each other. Memory and learning power are directly proportional to the number of connections the neurons make at this stage of life.
    2. Between 3 – 8 years of age, the brain uses half the energy from the total amount of energy body obtains. E.g. if the body obtains 850 calories a day from food, only the brain will use 425 calories from it.
  3. Vocal Response: Researchers have come up with a conclusion from a huge amount of data that parents respond only to 50% – 60% of kid’s vocalization. However, it is believed that if that frequency reaches up to 80%, the speaking, and language understanding of kid’s can increase multiple folds. The more you respond, the better your child will learn to speak and understand.
  4. Genes and Environment: The overall development of a kid will depend on the genes obtained from the parents and the environment it grows in. They will act in support of each other. So, may it be creativity, hyper activity, learning, anger, or eating habits, are what you have in you, and the ones given to him/her from the present environment around him. E.g. they have it to be tall from their genes but if proper food is not given they might not attain proper growth.
  5. Punishment: Corporal/Physical punishment has found to have a negative impact on intellect. More the corporal punishment, lesser will be the learning efficiency. Lesser intelligence can be a cause of physical spanking and beating. It also hinders the personality development of the kid. The levels of confidence, self-respect, leadership, etc. are found to be low in such kids.
  6. Loving surroundings: It is interesting to know that, researchers have come up with a research that says kids with at least three extremely supportive and loving adults around them have the most positive effect on their overall development. The influence of such adults lead to the making of a loving and caring kid with respect for adults, better understanding, obedience and learning.
  7. Social Interaction: Various researchers team have come up to the same conclusion of how social interaction affects a kid age 4 – 7 years. The communication power and language understanding efficacy depends majorly on social interaction. Here, social interaction does not include family members, but relatives, friends, neighbors, classmates, etc. which from the secondary group for a kid. It increases the speed and accuracy of learning.
  8. Sedentary Lifestyle: The lesser the physical activity, the lesser the activeness and dynamicity of a child. The more the physical and outdoor activities, the better the learning speed and accuracy. Motor skills developments are at its best when outdoor activities are given time by kids. It also increases the concentration time and ability to focus on the work and its specifications.
  9. Questions: Kid of age 4-5 asks approximately 437 questions a day. Now, this is quite interesting.
  10. Food: Junk food, chocolates and foods with excessive chemical contents have shown to reduce the overall immunity of a kid in a longer run. 45% of kids aged 3-8 have been diagnosed with one or the other kind of disease only due to unhealthy food habits. It is extremely important for you to know what kind of food your child is accessed to.

 

-Mitali (metallic.verma@gmail.com)

 

References:

– Aamodt, Sandra, Ph.D., and Sam Wang, Ph.D. 2011. Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

– Bilton, Nick. “The Child, the Tablet, and the Developing Mind.”The New York Times. March 31, 2013. Accessed: July 11, 2015.

 Crowley, Kevin. 2014. Child Development: A Practical Introduction. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

–  Edwards, Lin. “Psychologists Say Babies Know Right from Wrong Even at Six Months.” PhysOrg. May 10, 2010. Accessed: July 11, 2015.

“Fast Facts about Children’s Brain Development.”University of Denver. 2015. Accessed: July 14, 2015.

 McLeod, Saul. “Psychosexual Stages.”Simply Psychology. 2008. Accessed: July 15, 2015.

 Mooney, Carol Garhart. 2000. Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget, &Vygotsky. St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press.

 Nixon, Robin. “11 Facts Every Parent Should Know about Their Baby’s Brain.” Live Science. February 20, 2011. Accessed: July 11, 2015.

 Tynan, Dan and Christina Wood. “The BabyCenter 7: Unsung Milestones.” BabyCenter. 2015. Accessed: July 14, 2015.

– Woolston, Chris. “Brain Development: Is the Difference between Boys and Girls All in their Heads?” 2015. Accessed: July 14, 2015.

– WHO official website

-CDC official website

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