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What to Expect: Children Ages 6-9

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One thing I like to always remind myself and share with others is that while there may be statistics and general information on the average growth rate both physical and mental for children, we need to remember each child is different. We come in all shapes, sizes and personalities and we all develop in our own way and time. If your child develops slower or even faster in certain ways, it’s not necessarily a cause for alarm. We as parents just need to pay attention, be there for our children and help them when they need, guide, encourage and of course love them. So remember that the followings are just that tips, they are not hard and fast rules, when in doubt talk to your child, when needed consult a doctor, it never hurts to be safe and it’s always good to support our children.

Children who are in the age range of 6-9 years may be a little reluctant to leave their home in order to challenge a new venture. It is important for parents to teach children them how to interact with others so they will be able to meet new friends and be able to build social skills that will last them a lifetime.

What you can expect to face from a child in this age group is that they will notice the differences between boys and girls. You may also notice that your child only wants to play with friends that are the same sex as they are. This is not uncommon, and will come to pass as they grow.

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Another thing you can expect to face at this age is the difference between the various cultures. Your child will also take note of their appearance and often mention something about them being different than one or more of their friends. It is important for you to teach them about the different cultures and beliefs while at the same time, teaching them to respect, and love their fellow man.

Interact with your child and also get them involved in activities with their peers. Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are a reputable and long-standing community organization that you might like to get them involved in. They may be a little reluctant at first, shy about themselves and how to interact with others. Remember to help build their confidence by reassuring them that they are indeed special in their own way.

Children between the ages of six and seven tend to fare better playing with one friend at a time. Those between the ages of eight and nine will be able to interact in a small group of 2-3 friends. You will also notice that children in this age group will often be quarrelsome with younger siblings.

Have patience and persevere as this is just a stage and will soon come to pass. Encourage your child to try new and exciting things and make sure that you give them as much support and guidance as you possibly can.

What tips would you like to share?

 

By on August 14th, 2014

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42 thoughts on “What to Expect: Children Ages 6-9”

  1. This is the age group my two grandchildren are in. It has been a long time since my children were this young and things have changed. I appreciate this nice refresher article for me. It has really helped. Thank you so much for sharing

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  2. Finally! i see all the books on pregnancy and infancy but none like this, i have two children this age and lots of gee is this normal questions. thanks so much!

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  3. I have an 8 year old ( 9 year old next month) and he is so quarrelsome with his sister. I agree this age is better with one child to play with at a time. Otherwise– to much drama!

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  4. Thank you for these posts! They are so helpful. My adventurous 5 year old became a bit more timid as a 6 year old. It sounds like this can be common.

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  5. I believe at this stage children need to be encouraged to start painting also. It enables them to fine tune motor skills and gives them a way for self expression.

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  6. My grandson just turned 5 and he is so empathetic to other kids and their sadness or happiness he almost can tell when a kid is being picked on or is having a great day. I used to Tell my friends ill trade ya take mine then they turn six bring em back when their 17. That age group is the most difficult and it wore me down my kids are 29 and 241/2 thank God!!

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  7. My son went through some difficult times in school at these ages because the teacher always singled him out by putting him in a island and telling me he needed to be on medicine! I was so supportive in explaining to my son there was nothing wrong with him and had a doctor tell the teacher he was just a boy and there was nothing wrong with him! So, your advice is such wonderful advice for all parents and thanks for sharing!

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  8. I remember those ages with my children and reminded my daughter of the things she did at those ages and just laughed when I told her you wait when the girls do it ……………well she got it two fold with each……….

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  9. Great advice for sure. I’ve dealt with some of the fun already. My son was in full day pre-k last year and rode the school bus with all grades pk-12 (small town) and man was that a pain. Older kids love to pick lol. And he had his first teacher crush 🙂

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  10. My girls are 9 & my little guys are 4 so it is interesting watching their interactions. My girls are pretty good about playing with their brothers. They also sound like mini-mommies & it is very cute and helpful. But there is also a lot of arguing that goes on. Inherent in siblings, I guess!

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  11. We attend multi cultural events, social exposure really helps my kids. They are willing to try new things & make new friends.

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  12. I agree. Every child is an individual and unique. I have six year old twin boys. Their personalities were always different. They were born the same weigh. They weighed & until they were three. Since then they have been different in so many ways. I also have two younger boys who are also so different from their brothers.

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  13. A very wonderful blog post. Very helpful. My daughter is 7 and my youngest is 2. They are different in many ways. My eldest is working on problem solving. I find that when she started grade one it was more about relationships at school and how to deal with other kids. It got a little harder for her. She is going into grade 2 in September and I will be working closer with her to problem solve and handle situations at school with more clarity and confidence. The kids at her school really like her and crowd her and love to talk to her butt when they all come to her at the same time It stresses her a lot. Thanks for this blog post. Its wonderful and I would like to hear more about problem solving and what your thoughts are about that with school.

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  14. I have 2 nieces ages 6 and 10. I know when the 10 yr old has her friends over she doesn’t want her little sister bugging them. I always give lots of love,praise and they know they can tell me anything. I always taught my daughter she could always talk to me about anything. There were times she told me things I didn’t really want to know. Lol! She’s an adult now. I always taught her to kind and giving because that’s the way my mom raised me and my 2 sisters. Thank you for all the great tips 🙂

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  15. I believe this is the last age group that you can call a boy cute and get away with it..the grandson is starting to squirm when I call him cute, sad.

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  16. My oldest granddaughter just turned seven and this seems spot on with her experience. Thank you for this info and I will keep following you.

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  17. Great info! Something we parents tend to forget is that even though children this age still need physical touch from their parents. Hugs, pats, hand squeezes are important at all ages!

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  18. Great post! It’s so important to be there for your child, to listen to them and genuinely hear them, then, as they grow, they aren’t afraid to talk to you.

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  19. I really enjoyed this article. My grandson is almost seven and I can sure relate to some of the things you said. I will definitely keep this article close at hand to read again. Thank you for sharing

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  20. I think this picture is adorable. She is quite pretty and thanks for sharing. I think accepting each child as an individual and they are unique is the best one. You will notice if things are way out of line for sure. Enjoy each stage.

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  21. What a lovely child! Those ages are such a fun time. You should enjoy the years because as they age they usually want to spend less time with the parents & more time with peers.

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  22. Such a beautiful little girl…my son toys with the play with same-sex peer but he’s a lover…of “pretty girls”…lol

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  23. What great advice. I have a granddaughter around that age and it seems like she is picking on her siblings just a little bit more then usual this year. Hopefully it will pass.

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