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Is My Child's Behavior 'Normal'?

Thanks to Nancy, a child psychologist and on-call school counselor for sending this article in!

Being normal isn't always all it's chalked up to be, but sometimes parents wonder if the emotional outbursts, flights of fancy and mood swings their children experience are par for the course or something to worry about.   

Here are some general developmental milestones for elementary school to help you understand your child's progress over the school year.  Keep in mind that every child is different and may not fit perfectly into this framework.

[Grade 1]   [Grade 2]   [Grade 3]   [Grade 4]   [Grade 5]   [Grade 6]

 

First Grade  (Age 6)

Where They Are
The average six-year old is extremely egocentric and wants to be the center of attention.  She:

Where They're Going
School isn't just about academics.  Your child's teachers are also helping him grow socially.  At six-years-old, your child is learning to understand himself. You can help by encouraging him as he:
  

Second Grade (Age 7)

Where They Are
At seven, kids begin to calm down a bit.  They:
  

Where They're Going
School isn't just academics.  Your child's teachers are also helping her grow socially.  At seven-years-old, your child is continuing to learn about herself and others.  You can help by encouraging her as she:
  

 

Grade Three (Age 8)

Where They Are
The average eight-year-old is explosive, excitable, dramatic, and inquisitive. She:
  

Where They're Going
School isn't just academics.  Your child's teachers are also helping him grow socially.  At eight-years-old, your child is learning how to set goals and understand the consequences of his behavior.  You can help by encouraging him as he:
  

 

Grade Four (Age 9)

Where They Are
Nine is a time of general confusion for kids.  Nine-year-olds:
  

Where They're Going
School isn't just academics.  Your child's teachers are also helping her grow socially.  At nine-years-old, your child is learning how to make decisions and set standards.  You can help by encouraging your child as she:
  

 

Grade Five (Age 10)

Where They Are
The average ten-year-old has a positive approach to life.  She:
  

Where They're Going
School isn't just academics.  Your child's teachers are also helping him grow socially.  At ten-years-old, your child is developing communication skills and becoming more mature.  You can help by encouraging him as he:
  

 

Grade Six (Age 11)

Where They Are
The average eleven-year-old is heading towards adolescence.  He:
  

Where They're Going
School isn't just academics.  At eleven-years-old, your child is making the transition to adolescence.  You can help by encouraging her as she:
  

 


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