Children Have to Mature to Perform Some Activities
Do you think about the qualities you admire about your child or children? If someone asked you to describe one of your children in about 20 seconds, what would you say? Pause for a moment and think about what you would say. Does it really do justice to your child? Pretend your child has an adult voice. What would he or she say about him or herself?
Children have their own timetable for physical, social and emotional development. Some children mature early in one area and more slowly in others. Males and females may vary in their maturation rate. Girls typically mature more quickly than boys. Nutrition and other conditions in children's lives can affect maturation.
Every behavior can be learned only according to a maturational timetable. For example, babies learn to scoot on their tummies, then they crawl, walk, run, and finally they can climb. Achieving one skill makes the next possible. Physical skills can be learned only when the body is ready. A child's brain, muscle, and skeleton have to mature in order for a skill to develop. Experience can help, of course. The timetable, however, puts limits on how much can be accomplished.