Why are the First Years of a Child’s Development so Important? How Does Food Play a Role?
Kids’ development, from pregnancy through the first three years of life, is absolutely amazing. By the time you first hold them in your arms, they’ve got elbows and toes and lips and eyebrows and a complex, beating heart. Development doesn’t stop there. Far from it! The day that they’re first born, they can’t move very far on their own. They can’t say very much on their own. They can’t influence the world with their words or with their hands.
But by the time they’re three years old, they have learned to roll themselves over. They have learned to sit up by themselves. They have learned to get themselves precariously standing on two feet. They’ve learned to walk. They’ve learned to run, which means their body leaves the ground entirely while they’re going across the road.
They’ve learned to maneuver up stairs. They’ve learned to balance on one foot. They’ve learned to throw a ball and kick a ball. They’ve learned to broad jump without falling down. They’ve learned to pick up a pen and draw.
Perhaps most impressively, they’ve learned language. Hundreds of words they can say, many more that they can understand. Amazingly, they’re already putting the words together and speaking even in plurals. By the time that they’re three, they’ve had 80 percent of their brain growth for life.