A baby is conceived by union of sperm and egg. This moment is actually very complex, a number of things must happen correctly for a new life to be created.
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Prenatal #2 Heartbeat
The baby's heart is developed and begins to beat! This usually happens at around 6 weeks.
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Prenatal #3 Sex of Baby Apparent
The sex of the baby is only apparent after 10-12 weeks. Although it's decided during conception both male and female babies are identical during initial development.
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Prenatal #4 Brain Development
During the late prenatal stages the babies brain is growing rapidly.
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Infancy #1 Early Motor Skills
From 1 month to 3 months of age infants begin to mimic facial gestures, track and grasp objects.
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Infancy #2 Early Social Skills
From the ages of 4 to 6 months infants begin to babble and laugh.
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Infancy #3 Baby on the Go!
From 7 to 9 months infants begin to sit up on their own, crawl, and pull themselves into a standing position.
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Infancy #4 Transition to Toddler
From 10 months to 1 year infants begin to speak their first words, can point to objects to get their parents attention and begin to mimic behavior.
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Toddler #1 Temper Tantrums
By 16 months old most toddlers begin to express frustration by throwing temper tantrums.
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Toddler #2 Early Communication
At 18 months children have mastered a handful of words and begin to string together phrases and speak more clearly.
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Toddler #3 Active Toddler
At 2 years old toddlers begin to learn to walk down stairs and jump. They have already mastered the ability to do things like kick and throw a ball and build towers of blocks.
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Toddler #4 Early Intelligence
At 30 months old a child can do things such as name multiple body parts, identify pictures in a book and string together conversations of 2-3 sentences.
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Early Childhood #1 Emotional Skills at 3 Years Old
At 3 years old children are developing more independence and begin to have real friendships with their peers. They are still reliant upon familiar adults for security and mediation.
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Early Childhood #2 Intelligence at Age Four
At four years children are building their knowledge of written language and increasing their math skills. They can count to ten and perform simple addition and subtraction. They know the days of the week, the months and seasons.
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Early Childhood #3 Physical Capacities at Age Five
Five year olds can ride a bike with training wheels, swim, jump rope and perform most ball related skills. They walk with mature form. Their dexterity allows them to control writing and painting tools.
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Early Childhood #4 Social Skills at Age Six
At age six children are confident and like to show off their talents. They are developing awareness of their own emotions and show greater self control. They are also increasingly aware of others feelings and enjoy sharing with friends. They draw stability from predictable routines and familiar adults.
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Middle Childhood #1 Social Changes
At this stage children begin to find a more independent identity. They start to see themselves within the context of the larger world and think about the future. They pay more attention to friendships and teamwork and want to be liked and accepted.
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Middle Childhood #2 Physical Changes
During this stage the rapid growth of early years begins to evolve into a slow but steady pattern. Many different body types can be observed within a group of peers at this age level as each child grows at their own pace. Fine motor skills continue to improve.
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Middle Childhood #3 Cognitive Skills
Children experience vast mental growth during this time period. Their memories begin to develop and they are exposed to knowledge everywhere they go. They learn to read and write along with more difficult math concepts. Their logic begins to develop.
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Middle Childhood #4 Emotional Development
During middle childhood children develop a sense of self esteem. This correlates more closely to emotion. This idea of what they can and cannot do and their own sense of self worth is an important part of their early emotional growth.
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Adolescence #1 Physical Changes
Both boys and girls develop sexually. For both there is an increase in hunger and a need to sleep. Increased sweating and acne can be issues.
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Adolescence #2 Cognitive Growth
Adolescents develop the ability to think about abstract ideas and understand possibilities. They develop their own unique questions and ideas and can debate different opinions.
Adolescence #3 Emotional State
The emotional stages for adolescents are impacted by their changing physical and social lives. In addition there is an increased desire for independence from parental figures. These influences can contribute to a quite turbulent period.
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Adolescence #4 Social Life
Adolescents are more likely to spend less time with family and more time with peers. Interest in the opposite sex increases as well. During this time adolescents are developing a sense of who they are as a part of the whole.
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