Congratulations! You made it past the ups and downs of early childhood. Your child is more independent, which makes life easier in many ways. There are many important milestones to see in children between the ages of 6 and 8.
Is my child on track?
Children are developing their physical, social and mental skills quickly between the ages of 6 and 8. It is also an important time for developing confidence in all areas of life, through friends, schoolwork and sports.
During regular Well Check Exams, your pediatrician asks lots of questions about how your child plays, learns, speaks, and moves. This helps the doctor tell if your child is learning and growing as expected, or if she needs a little extra help. If your child needs extra help, your doctor will connect you with the services you need.
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Look for these milestones between ages 6-8
Has more concern for others
Has an easier time describing experiences
Learns new ways to talk about throughts and feelings
Shows more independence from parents and family
Thinks about the future
Wants to be liked and accepted by friends
How to encourage your child’s development from ages 6 to 8
As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s development. This continues even after they become more independent. You can encourage your child’s development in these ways:
Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Doctors recommend 9-12 hours during middle childhood.
Limit screen time to no more than 1-2 hours each day.
Help your child get at least one hour of physical activity every day.
Continue reading with your child, even after he or she reads independently. Listen to your child read aloud or take turns reading.
*The milestones listed here are just some of the milestones for children ages 6-8. For a full list of milestones, see the CDC’s Developmental Milestones or talk to your doctor.