The first few years of a child's existence are crucial for their health and growth. Children of all abilities and/or needs can develop in an environment that meets their psychosocial, intellectual, and physical demands. It is critical to have a stable and comfortable environment and spend time with loved ones enjoying, playing, studying, and conversing. We obviously need to consider a child's nutritional lifestyle as well when it comes to development.
All these factors play a vital role in shaping the child’s mind and body as they are growing. All aspects of a child are constantly evolving in real-time. Hence, they constantly require attention. This is where the requirements from parents and/or caretakers simultaneosly offers the most sacrifice and the most emotional rewards.
Growth is both constant and abrupt, indicating more stable features such as attitude and distinct developments such as speech. On the other hand, growth can be predictable or erratic, and can very well be influenced by environmental factors.
All of these are factors that shape a child’s brain as they grow. So the brain, happening to be the computer behind all of that child’s operations, be it a physical action or a mental one of making a decision, each thing a child goes through in childhood affects there.
If a child goes through trauma, their brain’s wiring will be done as per that. Earlier childhood is a critical stage whereby the caretaker of that child has to be vigilant. After all, we are responsible for protecting a child from harm, else the wiring they go through will forever be indented. It suffices to say that all of these factors, however, are beyond that child’s control. These factors are either natural or beyond the caretaker’s control at times. Yet, they affect a child in so many ways.
Understanding the basics of what impacts a child’s development, let’s move on to the factors that affect an adult’s development now.