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Child Development: Your Nine-Year-Old Child

Developmental milestones you can expect to see in a child at age 9


Nine-year-old children are in a child development period of major transition as they stand on the cusp of adolescence. In many ways, 9-year-olds are still young children; but they are becoming much more independent, and are developmentally mature enough to handle many responsibilities and situations with minimal adult intervention.

1. 9-Year-Old Child Development: Behavior and Daily Routines


Many 9-year-old children are becoming more interested in helping make major decisions that affect the family, and are capable of taking on more responsibilities around the house. Children this age also tend to want a certain amount of organization, and may want to keep track of their activities and schedules.

At 9, many children are increasingly expanding their social circles to include more people outside of mom and dad. At the same time, 9-year-old children still need and want the security of their relationship with their parents, and are greatly influenced by their parents' example. Read about 9-year-old child behavior and daily routines.

2. Your 9-Year-Old Child: Physical Development


Nine-year-old children are on the cusp of adolescence -- a major phase of child development in which they can expect many physical, emotional, and other changes. Many 9-year-old children will have stronger and smoother muscle control, be able to handle much of their hygiene and personal care by themselves, and may experience the beginnings of puberty. Children this age may also be more susceptible to body image issues. Read about 9-year-old child physical development.

3. Your 9-Year-Old Child: Emotional Development


At 9, many children are more emotionally mature, and are better able to handle conflicts and frustrations. Nine-year-old children will be more independent, and will be emotionally more ready to socialize without their parents (such as at sleepovers at friends' houses). They have a strong desire to belong to a group and to fit in, and may be more susceptible to peer influence and peer pressure. They may be more moody and feel more stress and pressure, and will rely upon the support and love provided by parents. Read about 9-year-old child emotional development.

4. Your 9-Year-Old Child: Cognitive Development


Nine-year-old children are incredibly curious about the world around them, and may want to research topics that interest them. They have longer attention spans and will tend to spend lots of time on activities and subjects that they are excited about. They will be able to think critically, and may want to share their opinions about things. They will read and write increasingly more complicated texts and will learn how to work with multiple digits, geometry, and data organization in math. Read about 9-year-old child cognitive development.

5. Your 9-Year-Old Child: Social Development


The social world of the 9-year-old child is opening up more than ever before. At 9, many children consider friendships to be very important, and they may even have adult role models who are not mom and dad, such as a coach or a teacher. Peer pressure may become an issue at this age, and many children will have a strong sense of fairness and right and wrong. Children may also become more socially conscious, and become interested in bettering the world and helping others. Read about 9-year-old child social development.

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