The Age Progression Of A Child

2656 WordsSep 27, 201411 Pages
In today’s world, there are many factors that put infants and children at risk. These risks affect their physical, emotional, and developmental well-being. Throughout childhood our environment (images, relationships, etc) shape our thinking and act as the basis for the person we become as adults. Therefore it is vital to consider all aspects of a child’s life when considering the risks that they may be susceptible to. Some of these risks (abuse, abduction, neglect…etc) can be more obvious than others. In this paper, I will follow the age progression of a child (infancy to pre-teens) listing several unconventional factors that I believe plague the children of today. I will give factual evidence as well as expert opinions to prove my argument. I will also make recommendations for how parents can combat these risks in order to mitigate the effects on their child. The first risk I shall address is co-sleeping. This risk is associated with children from infancy to toddler age. Co-sleeping is another term for bed sharing; where the infant/toddler sleeps in the same bed as the parents. Co-sleeping has some benefits to the child (and mother) because the close approximation to the sleeping adult provides “infant well-being, ease and likelihood of breast-feeding, enhanced maternal-infant bonding, and constant infant supervision” (Connell-Carrick, 2006, pg 826). However co-sleeping can also be detrimental to the child because it “places children at risk emotionally and physically”
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