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5 Developmental Milestones: 8 - 9 Years Old

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Learn about the social, emotional, physical and intellectual milestones of children in your child's age group.

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Developmental Tasks

Children ages 8 to 9 years old are constantly learning about their developing abilities and skills. Their confidence improves in learning, socializing, and regulating behaviors. Daily experiences shape developing values and beliefs.

Physical Growth

Traits: Busy and active, these developing kids quickly gobble up foods and try new dishes. May still have accidents or urinate often when anxious. Makes faces. Wiggles body. Clowns around.

Advice for Parents: Give snacks often. Encourage new foods. Comfort child when she has accidents, and be tolerant. Enjoy her developing sense of humor!

Intellectual Development

Traits: Yearns to know reasons for things. Overestimates own ability. Generalizes failure by saying statements like, "I can never do anything right." Asks questions about pregnancy and birth.

Advice for Parents: Patiently answer questions. Guide child to age-appropriate tasks. Focus on learning process rather than end result.

Social Growth

Traits: Craves love and understanding from mother. Easily makes friends, especially with same sex. Enjoys school and extracurricular activities. Not interested in family table conversations. Tells dirty jokes. Laughs and giggles often.

Advice for Parents: Accept and love. Take interest in child's school work and activities. Don't overly focus on child's behavior. Set reasonable limits.

Emotional Attributes

Traits: Usually affectionate, cheerful, outgoing, and helpful. Sometimes rude, selfish, bossy, or demanding. Keeps more secrets. Sensitive. Enjoys immediate rewards for behaviors.

Advice for Parents: Allow free expression of all emotions. Do not criticize. Encourage efforts. Provide small, meaningful rewards for successes.

Moral Maturation

Traits: Can feel guilty or shameful.

Advice for Parents: Discuss child's expectations for herself. Encourage your child to be kind to herself and self-forgiving. Focus on worth, not the behavior. Then work on changing the behavior.

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Possible Setbacks?

With every two strides kids take forward, they sometimes take one step back. Backward steps to know about include: Teasing. Whining. Nervous tics. Extreme procrastination. Over-dependence on caregivers. Few interests or hobbies. Difficulties interacting with peers. These difficulties can challenge children ages 7 to 12 years old.

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