The Readiness Profile
Integrated Milestones from Infancy to Adulthood
What Is the Readiness Profile?
Five Areas of Development
Birth2Work’s Readiness Profile is a comprehensive timeline that describes your child’s capabilities within five specific categories from birth to age 18.
1. Responsibility/Life skills
At every stage of your child’s development, you can reference the profile and find out where he is in each category, where he is excelling, and where he might need more support.
We developed the Readiness Profile because having a vision for the future is an important tenet of leading your family to success. The Readiness Profile helps you understand what’s happening now and gives you the opportunity to be proactive about what is to follow.
Inside you’ll find a holistic vision of your child’s entire development. Most importantly, the Readiness Profile reminds you that just because he is strongly developed in one area of life doesn’t mean all the other aspects of development are at the same level.
There’s no other document out there that can do this from birth to age 18!
A peek inside…
Focus Changes Over Time
As your child grows older, the intensity of his or her development shifts focus. Initially, basic physical, cognitive, and emotional development happens extremely rapidly. Later on, more complex emotional, social, and responsibility/life skills take precedence. All five categories are relevant at every age.
All children develop at different rates. No two children are alike in their capabilities, experiences, or development. The Readiness Profile provides a set of guidelines and milestones but is not medical advice. We are not medical doctors. The Readiness Profile is a one of a kind integration of research from multiple resources, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health, the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, and others.
Why Do I Need the Readiness Profile?
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“Where’s the manual for this kid? This one’s broken!”
All joking aside, when was the last time you weren’t sure what to do?
Was it maybe when your toddler was throwing food all over the floor? How about when your five-year-old washed the dog with peanut butter? Or maybe it was the last time your moody teenager tromped through the house and slammed the door to his bedroom.
You might pick up a self-help book or search the internet for ways to “fix” these behavior problems. We know that besides cat videos and other unmentionables, the internet is filled with advice on how to fix your child.
Guess what? Not one of these instances indicates a child that needs to be fixed. Your response is almost always what needs the most adjustment to change the narrative of a tough situation.
Instead of the avalanche of questionable advice proffered on the internet, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a single document you could have in your hands to act as a road map for what developmental issues will be coming up so you can stay ahead of the curve?
The manual exists! We’ve got it and we want you to have it too!
What Would I Learn from the Readiness Profile?
Your Child Isn’t Broken
With regard to the examples above, you would be able to look at your child’s age and learn the following:
- For young children, the five senses are the universal pathway to the brain. By throwing food on the floor, they are exploring tactile differentiation, action
andresponse, and developing hand-eye coordination.
- Five-year-olds are in the depths of establishing their personal identity and role within the family. They love to care for pets and mimic family behaviors. They’re also exploring new ideas and frequently offer extremely imaginative solutions to complete a given task. (Doggie loves peanut butter and needs bath. Let’s combine them and see what happens!)
- Teenagers are more like toddlers than adults when it comes to emotional control. They may have the physical presence of a capable adult person, but inside the hormones are swirling and they are struggling mightily to regulate. The part of the brain that controls rational thinking isn’t anywhere near completely developed. They’re moody because the world has expectations of them that they may or may not be able to achieve or even understand the purpose of.
Don’t Fix Your Child. Help Her!
By understanding the root causes of your child’s behavior you have the opportunity to appropriately adjust your own response.
You don’t have to let your child get away with everything. You do need to understand your responsibility in guiding their behavior toward actions that are more appropriate within your family culture.
- Offer lots of sensory experiences to your toddlers outside of mealtime. Put a cleanable mat on the floor and embrace that this exploration is valuable and won’t last forever.
- Create safe spaces to make big movements and explore role-playing for younger children. Explain appropriate behaviors, including why animal soap is better for doggie, and consistently enforce the house rules.
- Remind your teenagers often that they are not alone in their feelings. Be sensitive to the fact that they aren’t always capable of rational behavior. Be flexible where possible but consistent in your expectations of their roles and responsibilities.
No matter how old your children are, it is your responsibility to model the behavior you want them to emulate.
We have an entire module of the Leading Your Child to Success course devoted to using the Readiness Profile. In the clip below, one of our participants shares how she reacted when she first received the Readiness Profile.
Keeping yourself ahead of the curve is a significant part of becoming a proactive leader for your family. Receive your free copy of Birth2Work’s Readiness Profile when you enroll in
Leading Your Child to Success today!