I've had the pleasure to witness my little cousin, Colin Beckman grow from the first day being born. Sadly I am not able to see the little guy as frequently because I am attending college, but I was in attendance for the first 8 years of his life. Now with learning about different theories and studies on recently born babies into their early childhood, it gave me a chance to make some comparisons with my cousin. Piaget recorded from observations that children go through certain stages while they are in their early years that resemble the same timeline as others in the same development. But thinking back to the days when he was wearing a diaper and scooting on the rug with his bum, there are some inconsistencies with his timeline. I love my cousin Colin but he was a little slower to develop and was just slower than the average kid to walk, talk, among other things. But in other ways he was more advanced than other babies. By 8 years old Colin would give me advice on different things i would tell him, granted most of the times wrong. He would answer the question as if he knew my point of view. This contrasts with Piaget because he claims it isn't until around 11 that children are able to experience this attribute, while my cousin was doing it with understanding at 8.
That's my cousin on the far right, what a cutie.