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Child Development: Your Seven-Year-Old Child

An overview of your 7-year-old child's development

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For 7-year-olds, independence is not just about dressing themselves or brushing their own teeth anymore. Many 7-year-olds may enjoy making significant decisions, such as choosing extracurricular activities or taking on more responsibilities at school and at home. They are in a transitional phase, no longer a wide-eyed kindergartener but not yet a worldly middler-schooler.

Here is an overview of milestones you can generally expect to see in a 7-year-old. Some children may experience these phases of development sooner while others hit them later -- there is no one formula that fits all children.

1. Your 7-Year-Old Child: Behavior and Daily Routines

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Parenting a 7-year-old child is less about close supervision and more about guidance and reminders. Seven-year-old children are growing more self-sufficient and are better able to take care of their own daily routines. Seven-year-old children may also express an increasing desire to make more decisions and choices for themselves. Read about 7-year-old behavior and daily routines.

2. Your 7-Year-Old Child: Physical Development

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For 7-year-old children, physical development will be more about refinement than major changes. Seven-year-olds will continue to grow into long-limbed and lanky versions of their former chubby preschooler selves as their motor skills become more precise. Seven-year-old children will also develop better coordination and balance. Read about 7-year-old physical development.

3. Your 7-Year-Old Child: Emotional Development

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For 7-year-old children, emotional development will become noticeable as they become better at handling the unexpected and weathering changes. Seven-year-old children may still lack the self-control of, say, a middle-schooler, but 7-year-olds will be much more adept at handling transitions and surprises than younger children. Read about 7-year-old emotional development.

4. Your 7-Year-Old Child: Cognitive Development

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Seven-year-old children are curious about the world around them. They will ask questions and seek answers about the things they encounter and the people they meet, and will take pride in sharing what they know. Seven-year-olds will display a formidable sense of adventure and thirst for information and will love being mentors to younger siblings and other children as they show off their newfound knowledge and skills. Read about 7-year-old cognitive development.

5. Your 7-Year-Old Child: Social Development

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Friendships and social networks are important to 7-year-old children, who are continuing to form bonds with peers, teachers, and teammates. Seven-year-old children will begin to care more about the opinions and thoughts of other people; the downside of this natural phase of child development is an increased susceptibility to peer pressure. Seven-year-old children will also continue to develop empathy and a strong sense of morals and fairness. Read about 7-year-old social development.

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