Eight-year-olds are becoming more confident about themselves and who they are. At age 8, they will likely have developed some interests and hobbies, and will know what they like and don’t like.
At the same time, they are learning more about the world at large, and are also better able to navigate social relationships with others with less guidance. At home, 8-year-olds are able to tackle more complicated household chores and take on more responsibility for taking care of themselves. Here are some general developmental milestones that one can expect to see in an 8-year-old child.
Eight-year-old behavior and daily routines are shaped by unique, individual tastes, interests and personalities. Parents and other significant adults in an 8-year-old child's life should keep in mind the importance of being good role models since this is a time when children are figuring out the world and who they are and how they fit into it. Read about 8-year-old child behavior and daily routines.
For 8-year-old children, physical development will continue to be more about refinement of skills, coordination and muscle control rather than huge changes and leaps in development. Eight-year-old children who have natural athletic ability may show their skills at this developmental stage as physical skills become more precise and accurate. Read about 8-year-old child physical development.
What will you observe about the emotional development of an 8-year-old child? Eight-year-old emotional development may be growing at a deeper level than in younger years, and an 8-year-old may show more sophisticated andcomplex emotions and interactions. For instance, an 8-year-old may mask true thoughts or emotions to spare someone else's feelings or work through a problem without an adult's close supervision or intervention. Read about 8-year old child emotional development.
Eight-year-old children will be able to pay attention for longer periods of time. You can expect 8-year-old kids to be able to concentrate on an activity for up to an hour or more. Eight-year-olds will also be able to think more critically and express opinions using more complex and sophisticated vocabulary and language skills. Read about 8-year old child cognitive development.
Eight-year-old children love being a part of sports teams and other social groups, and will enjoy close friendships with select friends. Eight-year-old children generally love going to school and will count on and value relationships with friends and classmates. Parents of 8-year-olds should be on the lookout for problems such as school refusal, learning difficulties or being bullied at school if their child expresses unhappiness about school or classmates. Read about 8-year old child social development.