Stages of Life Development: Infants and Toddlers

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Infants & Toddlers "Children learn to trust and love God at an early age." LINDSEY HAYES God does precious work through children. The bonds that are built between infants and toddlers and their caregivers are incredibly strong and a beautiful gift from God. In infancy, a child really only knows how to receive love and service. And yet, by simply existing—and even though they need help with nearly everything—an infant brings great joy to those around her and is a person through whom God works to strengthen the faith of parents and caregivers in her life. As infants grow into toddlers, they soak up everything they can about the world around them, including a love for their parents and for God, their Creator. Toddlers learn to serve and love as they worship God, hear Bible stories, speak simple prayers, and take part in tasks around their home. This time of life is also unique because infants and toddlers grow at the fastest rate they will ever experience. Establishing relationships of love and trust now will lay the foundation for guiding a child in the years to follow, including important conversations about life as a child of God. Audrey is seventeen months old and is already fulfilling the vocation of big sister. She gives her little sister, Grace, kisses, brings her pacifiers and blankets, and practices saying her name over and over. Although she gets jealous and impatient when Mom can't pick her up or get what she needs right away, Audrey is learning, through consistent guidance, what it means to love another person. Both Audrey and Grace go to worship each week and hear God's Word. They hear Bible stories throughout the day and at bedtime. They sing Bible songs at church and with babysitters. Grace hears prayers, and Audrey practices praying with folded hands. Although neither Audrey nor Grace can fully understand what they are hearing, the foundation is being laid for further learning as they grow. The language of faith is being instilled early on, and God is already doing great work in their lives. A Day in the Life Infants & Toddlers • 1 • cph.org • Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House

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