School-aged children grow in spurts.
They will have leaps in mental and emotional development. For the most part, though, the years between six and ten pass smoothly. Your child will refine physical and social skills, gain some emotional maturity, and develop more complex ways of thinking.
- Support your child’s physical development. Give her lots of time for unstructured play, exercise, and organized sports.
- For the best emotional health, continue to provide a nurturing, supportive home for your child.
- Teach your child good behaviour by modelling good habits. Establish healthy limits. Deliver fair and reasonable discipline.
- Give your child room to develop independence while remaining a close backup for him.
- Begin talking to your child about body basics and sexuality when they are young. This sets the stage for open communication into adolescence.