Stepping Stones

adventure playgroundHappy Monday! Here we are – off and running again. 

How was the weekend? If you're like our family, it involves lots of running around (and running after one little munchkin), with some of the “to-dos” getting “ta-done” during naptime (thank God for naptime!).

Now that spring has sprung, we're spending more time outside. Although I refuse to buy any piece of playground equipment (there are four parks within walking distance of our house), the back patio is a smorgasbord of toys: balls, bubbles, etc. Of course, after five minutes of that amusement, there is more interest found in the rocks, dirt and simply running around. Lately, the little one is working on balancing. Balancing, such as walking across a variety of rocks and other obstacles without taking herself out. With every step, my heart often drops with the fear of her slipping and breaking something or splitting something open. I try to remember that she is much closer to the ground than I, and much more pliable. Holding her hand as she walked over and on those rocks took me back to the very first blog entry Baby Steps: www.everydayfamily.com/blog/baby-steps/

Watching her working on balancing, again reminded me what a process development really is.

Where is your little one in the development process? Maybe you are yet to meet your little one. Maybe you are in your first few moments of getting to know your little one. Perhaps you are starting to watch them grasp their first object, sit up, pull up, or even take their first steps.

How does it happen? There are so many good resources out there, I wanted to share a few with you that especially target physical development:

www.everydayfamily.com/babies/development/

www.everydyafamily.com/toddler/development/developmental-milestones-checklist/

Spring is a great time to be reminded of how magically things seem to change and grow.

Don't blink, it all seems to happen quickly.

 

 

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Stepping Stones

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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