Be prepared to use all your "patience" skills if caring for children this age, as they tend to think that they do not need any adult care or supervision. Yet, when they are left to care for themselves, they are lonely, unhappy, and sometimes frightened.
- girls are generally as much as 2 years ahead of boys in physical
- girls may begin to menstruate
- increases body strength and hand dexterity
- improves coordination and reaction time
- interested in reading fictional stories, magazines, and how-to project
- may develop special interest in collections or hobbies
- may be very interested in discussing a future career
- fantasizes and daydreams about the future
- capable of understanding concepts without having direct hands-on
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- begins to see parents and authority figures as fallible human beings
- rituals, rules, secret codes, and made-up languages are common
- enjoys being a member of a club
- increased interest in competitive sports
- outbursts of anger are less frequent
- may belittle or defy adult authority
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