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5-12 years old – behaviour

5 years old a longer attention span becoming an expert on favourite things communicating well making more decisions about food, clothes and play can tired and emotional at times   6 years old tantrums seeks praise and reassurance doesn’t like being away from you doesn’t like criticism or getting things wrong   7 years old complaining can be dramatic more aware of feelings aware of what other people think   8 years old can be sensitive fighting with you starting to experience differences with friends aware of right and wrong   9 years old friends become important closer friends pushes back against you can show disrespect and being selfishness   10-12 years old promises are important they remember everything   what they might need… play time with you time to talk about their day and how they feel listen to them simple rules and clear boundaries as they get older praise, encouragement and positivity allow them some time and space to be independent what you might you need… to avoid arguments – pick your battles be consistent …

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Your 9-12 Year Old

Child Development – Your 9-12 Year Old   They may be able to… use tools such as a hammer or cooking utensils draw with more detail learn facts although they may not have a deep understanding of them take part in team sports be physically stronger   They may be aware of… learning a new skill being aware of right and wrong critical thinking and problem solving sharing ideas fairness responsibility and being trusted to complete a task developing new interests, which they may obsess over focusing on an activity or a project until it is finished time but they may need help to plan in an effective way their own beliefs and will think that everyone thinks the same way having a conscience friendships are important to them using and applying logic decision making likes and dislikes   They may enjoy… sport, dance, being on their bike or scooter clubs and groups food – by 11-12 years old they will be hungry a lot being with their friends cooking constructing   Emotionally and physically …

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Your 5-8 year old

5-8 year olds can be a bundle of energy and excitement, wanting to learn, play and explore. They are also learning about friendships, responsibility and independence.   5-8 year olds – they may be able to… use the slide and the swings climb skip swim ride a bike ride a scooter jump over things catch and throw construct and build draw and paint thread and sew They can also like screen time – computer games, watching TV and YouTube – and they may seem reluctant to do something else, especially if it is new or different. If you can limit the screen time and get them out, they will enjoy the new activities and a chance to be active and challenged. 5-8 year olds – they may be aware of… time, weight, measurement meaning of words responsibility reassurance negotiation the news explanations and reasons control of feelings taking turns the concept of ‘fair’ rules (from age 7) difference between right and wrong (from age 7) 5-8 year olds – they may enjoy… being active writing …

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Your 3-4 year old

3-4 year olds are brilliant balls of energy and emotion – they can want to take the world by storm and they are learning to be feisty and independent and they are learning about the world and the people around them.   They may be able to… jump walk backwards stand on one foot use a trike climb stairs confidently balance catch run build a tall tower with block have greater pencil control use scissors copy shapes basic threading using their imagination Your 3-4 year old may want to be busy doing a combination of physical activities – dancing, jumping, climbing, playing – and quiet activities – crafts, drawing, reading so try to offer a balance of both. They may be aware of… more, big, small sympathy plans friendships negotiation and control being frightened other people humour being helpful Your 3-4 year old could be shy in some situations, especially around new people and places, or she could be confident and chatty – try to let her lead the way. They may enjoy… talking pretend play matching games …