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Childhood Development

Milestones ahead

The Elementary School Years

Changes you will begin to see in your 7 to 10-year-old

You've made it through diapers, through potty training, through preschool and learning to read - now your child is ready for more independence, homework, and friendships.
By age 10, your child is likely to show signs of:

  • Greater independence from parents and family

  • Stronger sense of right and wrong

  • Beginning awareness of the future

  • Growing understanding about one's place in the world

  • More attention to friendships and teamwork

  • Growing desire to be liked and accepted by friends

  • Rapid development of mental skills - continues to improve reading and writing

  • Greater ability to describe experiences and talk about thoughts and feelings

  • Less focus on one's self and more concern for others

  • Stronger, more complex friendships and peer relationships (greater importance on having friends of the same sex)

  • Experiencing more peer pressure

  • Becoming more independent from the family

  • Becoming more aware of his or her body as puberty approaches (be aware that image and eating problems sometimes start around this age)

  • Facing more academic challenges at school

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