What to Expect: Ages 6-9

As your child continues to grow, you’ll begin to notice new and exciting abilities. You’ll also notice a keener interest in the differences between boys and girls. It’s not uncommon for children of this age to want to play only with friends of the same sex.

And while children of this age enjoy many activities, they may also feel that their appearance or cultural background makes them “too different.” They may be reluctant to participate in activities outside of home, such as Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts. Reassure your child that you love and accept her just for who she is. Continue to encourage her to explore new activities.

Appreciate your child for the unique, lovable person he is. How you interact during an activity is what’s most important. Remember that helping your child develop good feelings about himself is also doing things with him, not just for him.

Click on the links below for a developmental overview of this age group.