Published by: Digital Schools

Understanding Child Development is the foundation. You can start by familiarising yourself with typical milestones and developmental stages of children to set realistic expectations. Age-appropriate expectations for parents vary depending on the developmental stage of their child.

For parents of toddlers (1-3 years old), expectations include:

Supporting their child’s exploration and development.

Providing a safe and nurturing environment.

Establishing routines and boundaries.

Encouraging language development and communication skills.

Modeling positive behavior and emotional regulation.

For parents of preschoolers (3-5 years old), expectations include:

Fostering independence in daily tasks.

Supporting social and emotional development.

Engaging in imaginative play and creative activities.

Encouraging curiosity and a love of learning.

Setting clear expectations and consistent discipline.

For parents of school-aged children (6-12 years old), expectations include:

Supporting academic achievement and learning.

Encouraging healthy habits and self-care routines.

Promoting responsibility and independence.

Navigating peer relationships and social challenges.

Communicating openly and effectively with their child.

For parents of teenagers (13-18 years old), expectations include:

Navigating increased independence and autonomy.

Supporting their teen’s emotional and social development.

Setting boundaries and expectations around behavior.

Encouraging goal-setting and future planning.

Fostering open communication and trust.

Modeling positive decision-making and problem-solving skills.