Charting Your Child's Progress Doesn't Stop

When you are a new parent, you are provided with various tips and free calendars to help with charting your baby's progress  You watch his or her reach milestones and you are pleased with each accomplishment.  But tracking your child's progress really doesn't stop after baby and toddler years.  From the school testing him or her on skills to relatives watching your child's manners, he or she is still growing and developing right in front of your eyes and these achievements are worth noting.

You can stay one step ahead by video taping the things that he or she does.  We aren't talking about the typical, "Hi...say your name, what are you doing?" kind of videos.  But those where you are watching the child create, imagine, interview, build, and engage with others and use equipment. These detailed videos go a long way.  If something should occur in the future where you might need those images, your child's actions or in-actions in the videos will tell not just his or her story but yours as well.

Consider this, a couple divorces and there are some issues that arise about the child's environment, well-being, etc.  If each visit is documented, it will be hard to prove that the child is in a bad atmosphere, has nothing to play with and isn't well fed, or in clean clothes.  Show off the child's environment, what they do, how they feel etc. let the video do the talking without you prompting the child to say this or do that.

When it comes to education, it is always good to show your child's progress at home.  There are numerous games that will help parent's track quizzes and tests after a game is played.  You can also sit down and journal what your child is saying about his or her day and compare some of what he or she says to what the teacher says during the parent child conference.

It is always fun to discover more about your child.  Time goes by so quickly, before you know it, he or she will be videotaping their own children's progress.

Nicholl McGuire shares spiritual insight on YouTube channel: nmenterprise7.   

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