Parenting is an ongoing educational experience! For us parents, every day is different. We do, however, get to learn something new every day. So... instead of being upset, choose to learn! Wouldn't you believe that the everyday challenges of parenting teach us valuable lessons about life, children, and ourselves? I'm sure most people will agree that some of these everyday challenges are often frustrating and humbling, don't you? As parents, we all speak the same language and have the same expression of tension and anxiety, tinged with the wisdom of hard-fought battles and lessons learned.
When parents speak about maturity, they often refer to their children as either immature or mature. Maturity is not an either/or attribute. It is something that children experience over time as they grow skills and the ability to cope with the complexities of life. Children are in different stages of development and maturity in the following areas as per shared by this article HERE at any given time.
Maturity in Physical
- Can they write legibly enough for themselves to read?
- How good is their hand-eye coordination?
- If they have the ability to dress themselves?
- Is their size appropriate for their age?
- Did they start walking at a young age?
- Do they learn to ride a bike quickly and at a young age?
- Are their muscles formed enough to enable them to regulate their bowel movement?
Maturity in Emotions
- How long will they wait for a toy that they requested?
- Are they able to keep their frustration under control and communicate it constructively?
- How well will they deal with the frustration of being unable to build a LEGO tower?
- How well do they deal with loss or defeat in a game?
Maturity in Social Relations
- How eager are they to share something with a friend or sibling?
- How well do they play in big groups?
- When it comes to football, how cooperative are they?
- How do they get along with their classmates?
Maturity in Thought
- How well will they read the instructions for a new construction toy that they just received?
- How do they perform in school?
- Are they mature enough to comprehend abstract concepts like death or mathematical concepts?
- Can they grasp the principles of cause and effect, as well as time?
- How well will they apply what they learn in school to real-life situations?
- Are they able to admit that they have treated others unfairly?
- How well do they understand the concepts of helping others and admitting mistakes?
- How well do they understand the idea of being truthful and not lying?
- How well do they empathise with others?