According to pediatricians, babies should be lifting their heads when they’re around 4 months old and rolling over by 5 or 6 months old. They should be taking their first steps around 9 to 12 months and walking unassisted between 14 and 15 months, probably no later than 18 months.
Most parents know their children should be feeding themselves by a certain age, talking by a certain age, and hitting the right height and weight markers by certain ages. Physically, parents are attuned to the developmental milestones their children should be hitting.
But what about their children’s emotional milestones? How can parents assess at what age their children should have the perspective to understand their emotions, the vocabulary to share them, and the resources to manage what’s happening to them internally?
We have answers for you on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Leading Your Child Through Emotional Milestones.” Authors, speakers, and counselors Sissy Goff and David Thomas from Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee are with us to share practical ways that parents can cultivate emotional milestones in their children.
Listen on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on our free phone app.
I also invite you to make a donation of any amount to the work here at Focus on the Family. To say thank you, we’ll send you a complimentary copy of Sissy’s and David’s book Are My Kids on Track?: The 12 Emotional, Social and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach. (Check our website for details.) It goes in-depth about the different milestones and breaks them down according to gender and age. It’s a great guide for every parent or grandparent!