Your Child’s First 5 Years Will Have a Big Impact on Their Future

June 09, 2023

Your Child’s First 5 Years Will Have a Big Impact on Their Future



As parents, we make it our goal to do whatever we can to improve the lives of our children. We read books, research various topics, provide social interaction, and ask lots of questions because we know early child development within the first five years of life are critical. One of the topics that become so important in parenting is our child’s physical and cognitive development. While no two children develop on the exact same timeline, there are sensitive time periods in which major developmental milestones are reached. One of the most critical time periods in child development and learning is from birth to five years old. The first five years of child development are crucial to their health, well-being, and the overall trajectory of their lives in various ways. Fortunately, there are many things that parents can do to help their children develop and grow. 

Physical growth still happens tremendously between the ages of one and five, but the developmental windows are much wider. Here are a few of the typical developmental milestones that are reached during these years:


1 to 2 Years: 

🔸Picking things up while standing up 

🔸Walking backwards 

🔸Coloring or painting by moving their entire arm 

🔸Scribbling with markers or crayons 

🔸Turning knobs and handles 

🔸Walking up and down stairs without assistance 

🔸Moving and swaying to music 

2 to 3 Years: 

🔸Running in a forward direction 

🔸Jumping in one place 

🔸Kicking a ball 

🔸Standing on one foot 

🔸Turning pages of a book 

🔸Drawing a circle 

🔸Holding a crayon or marker between the thumb and fingers 

3 to 4 Years: 

🔸Riding a tricycle or a scooter 

🔸Going down a slide without help 

🔸Throwing and catch a ball 

🔸Pulling and steering toys 

🔸Walking in a straight line 

🔸Building tall towers with toy blocks 

🔸Manipulating clay into shapes 

4 to 5 Years: 

🔸Jumping on one foot 

🔸Walking backwards 

🔸Doing somersaults 

🔸Cutting paper with safety scissors 

🔸Printing letters 

🔸Copying shapes (such as squares and crosses) 

The loving care you provide in the early years will shape how your little one's brain develops, and early brain development lays the foundation for important skills kids need later in life. 

Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.   

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