Growth and Development, Ages 6 to 10 Years - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development
your child between the ages of 6 and 10 may seem very independent at times, he
or she still needs your constant guidance. Being present is the most important
thing you can do to help your child grow in healthy ways. Knowing that you are
"around" and available provides him or her with a sense of security. Although
your child's world is expanding, you remain his or her primary influence.
You can do many things to help your child grow and
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development—thinking and reasoning skills—by being involved in your child's
school. Volunteer if possible, cultivate good relationships with teachers and
other staff members, and show your interest in what your child is learning.
Also, work on skills at home, such as simple math problems, money handling,
reading, and writing. Age-appropriate workbooks are widely available. But be careful not to pressure your child. Simply spending
time with him or her is an important part of setting a foundation for cognitive
Promote language development by reading to your child every
day. Make reading a routine, even as he or she gets older and seems to lose
interest. Set aside time that you and your child can look forward to and talk
about stories, words, and ideas. Visit your local library and try finding books
with new subjects that you think might interest your child.
Promote social and emotional
being aware of sibling rivalry, which can become a problem around this age.
Also help your child learn
social skills, such as by showing your acceptance of
others and not gossiping or saying mean things about other
Promote sensory and motor skill development by encouraging
exercise every day. It doesn't have to be highly
structured: the main point is to move around and limit TV time and other screen time. Practicing somersaults, playing
catch, going to the park, or riding a bike are all helpful in developing
muscular skill and endurance. Also, encourage your child to create art
projects, such as drawing, cutting with safety scissors, gluing, and stringing
beads. These and similar activities help improve eye-hand coordination and fine
motor skills. For more information, see the topic Physical Activity for Children and Teens.
Also, you can help your child in other general ways.
Deal with fears. Understand that your
child may become extremely interested in scary subjects or images as a way to
overcome fears about them. Help your child as much as you can by answering questions and
providing reassurance as needed.
Discourage physical violence and show your child ways to deal with anger without being violent. Protect your child from violent media as much as you can. Some TV programs, movies, video games, and websites show a lot of violent acts. Children who watch a lot of this violence may come to believe that such behavior is okay. This can make them more likely to act violently themselves. It can also lead to nightmares, aggression, or fears of being harmed.1
Music lyrics affect children's behavior and emotions, too.2 Monitor the type of music that your child is exposed to, and be aware
of the music your child buys.
Set limits for your children to show them that you love and care about them.
Make sure your rules are reasonable and that your child understands them. It is
important to follow through on any consequences you have established for
failing to follow rules.
Recognize and develop special talents.
Help your child discover interests and practice skills. For example, kick a
soccer ball around the yard with your child or help him or her practice
Recognize his or her
curiosity about the body and sexuality. You can help
your child gain basic knowledge and a healthy attitude toward these issues by
showing a willingness to listen and discuss them.