Welcome to our Developmental Stages material.

We are drawing here from two renowned parent educators as you can see below.  

We divide each stage into three parts for easier reading:

1. Babies' characteristics in that particular age,

2. Problem solving for the parents during that period of growth,

3. Using Positive Discipline techniques to achieve the parents' goals for their child of that age.


Often at the end of the page is a short note about topics like "Babies Negativism," or "Postpartum Depression," and others. 


Dr. Joan Durrant was the principal researcher and co-author of the Canadian Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth; a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children and a co-editor of Eliminating Corporal Punishment: The Way Forward to Constructive Discipline (UNESCO). Her book

Judy Arnall BA, DTM, Canadian Certified Family Life Educator (CCFE) and Best Selling Author of Discipline Without Distress, Parenting with Patience, and Plugged-In Parenting. Her books


Babies: 0 to 6 months

Babies: 6 to 12 months

Babies: 1 to 2 years

Babies: 2 to 3 years

Babies: 3 to 5 years

5-9 years

10-13 years



Our Mission

The MISSION of the Action Team to End Hitting Children is to gather many people to do small jobs for the purpose of diminishing and finally ending the hitting of children. By "htiting" we mean to include beating, spanking, slapping, shaking, popping, and any other form of physical or emotional punishment that demeans the child and creates emotional, mental, and physical harm. Our strategy is to use many people to do small amounts of work that create momentum to make a difference. 

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