Today I was reading about stages of development of kids, from infancy through to their teen years. I marvel at all that the body learns and that we do daily without even giving it a second thought.
For example, I don’t think about how there was once a time when I didn’t know how to tie my shoelaces, throw a ball, or walk up and down the stairs with alternating feet. I look at how I can read body language without the other person saying a single word to understand how they are feeling, and I am thankful to be able to read quickly and comprehend what I read.
From language to emotions, motor skills, and daily living tasks, there is a lot of important development that occurs in those first 17 years of life. The WPS infographic below shows the details and gives great examples of each of the areas.
Of course, every child is unique, so they won’t follow the exact timeline, but the image provides a general framework that can be helpful to parents. For example, you might wonder around what age your child can expect to be able to be able to do single-digit subtractions. It is a helpful reference for milestones. I hope you find it useful.