- Continues to be accident prone,
especially on the playground.
- Has more control over small muscles,
and therefore writes and draws with more skill.
- Displays a casual attitude toward
clothing and appearance.
- Seems to be all hands and arms.
- May be concerned about height and
- Seems to possess boundless energy.
- Begins to realize others experience
similar feelings of anger, fear, and sadness.
- Is easily embarrassed.
- Becomes discouraged easily.
- Is often self-deprecating.
- Can be argumentative and bossy.
- Can be generous and responsive.
- Shows increasing ability to understand
the needs and opinions of others.
- Is preoccupied with finding compatible
- Especially likes to belong to informal
"clubs" formed by children themselves.
- Also likes to belong to more
structured adult-led groups such as Scouts.
- Begins to display a sense of loyalty.
- Enjoys secrets.
- Shows some hostility toward the
- May question duty to participate in
- Is often idealistic.
- Is keenly interested in projects and
- Is proud of completing tasks.
- Resists adult guidance at times.
These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general
progression through the developmental stages rather than as
fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages.
It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some
milestones earlier and other milestones later than the
If you have any concerns related to your
child's own pattern of development, check with your health