- milestone /MAHYL-stohn/
- associate /uh-SOH-shee-it/
- focus /FOH-kuhs/
- pediatric /pee-dee-A-trik/
- literal /LIT-er-uhl/
[noun] – an important event in the development or history of something or in someone’s life
Reaching milestones in your career can be a source of great pride and satisfaction.
[adjective] – used in the title of a person whose rank is slightly lower or less complete than the full official position described
She is an associate professor at the university.
[verb] – to give your full attention to what you are doing or to what is happening
She focused all her energy on completing the project on time.
[adjective] – relating to the medical care of children
The pediatric ward in the hospital is designed specifically for children’s needs.
[adjective] – the literal meaning of a word is its original, basic meaning
The interpretation of the poem was too literal, missing the figurative meaning.
One recent poll, for example, found that around six in 10 US parents worry about their babies meeting their developmental milestones. But few knew what should happen and when. “On a very concrete level, a milestone is a description of a behavior of a child that parents either say their child can do or cannot do,” says Chris Sheldrick, a research associate professor at Boston University who focuses on pediatric screening protocols. He points to the literal meaning of the word itself. In a 10K race, there may be a marker, or “milestone,” at the 5K mark. By definition, no one has passed at the start of the race. By the end of the race, everyone has.
It is essential for parents to understand that developmental milestones are not a competition. They are a guide for healthcare professionals to monitor a child’s progress and ensure that they are developing at a typical pace. In order to use them effectively, parents must be informed and aware of what milestones are expected to be achieved and at what age, but they must also be flexible and not stress over them. Parents should trust that their children will develop at their own pace and not compare their children to others.
- Do you worry about milestones? Why or why not?
- What things do you consider milestones in your life?
- If parents understood what developmental milestones were expected and at what age, how would it change their perception of their child’s development?
- Do you agree that parents should trust their child’s individual development pace rather than compare it to others?
- What is the impact of social media on parents’ perception and understanding of developmental milestones? Please elaborate on your answers.