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Developmental Milestones for 9 Year Olds

It's time for responsibility and independence

By 9 years of age, your child is no doubt a lot more taller and a tad heavier than their previous year... And their growing independence away from the family is probably a lot more obvious now.

While they still seek a sense of security from you as their parents, they'll be acting much more on their own initiative and choosing their own peers now. Which means, peer pressure at this age can be very influential.

9 year old milestones by EWmums

Because of the exposure to peer pressure, it's imperative that parents are aware of and discuss potential hazards with their 9 year olds. You see, children who have healthy self-esteem - which parents can do a LOT to help build and their child's values and responsibilities - are more like to resist influences from other kids their age.

Here's what else you can expect from your 9 year old, and what you can do to help.

9 year old milestones by EWmums

Physical Milestones

At 9 years, you'll probably notice that physical growth begins to differ between boys and girls, as the first stirrings of puberty kick in. If you have a girl, you'll find that she'll experience a spurt in height sooner, and so would now be taller and heavier than boys of the same age.

Here's what else you can expect on the physical front:

  • Girls physically mature ahead of boys
  • Improved coordination and reaction times
  • May develop poor posture
  • Signs of habitual movements: like fingers in hair, slouching, picking at nails etc.
  • Stomach aches, headaches and leg pains are common
  • High energy
  • Inconsistent appetite and sleep patterns
  • Language Milestones

    By now, your child's language and speech will be almost at adult level, and they'll be able to understand and use more complex vocabulary and sentence structures.

    Here's what else you can expect to see:

  • Use language effectively for a variety of purposes
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Give accurate directions to others
  • Organise information for clarity
  • Can give effective oral presentations
  • Can explain relationships between meanings of multiple-meaning words
  • Use of more abstract vocabulary
  • Gives synonyms and categories in word definitions
  • Use more figurative language in conversation
  • Cognitive Milestones

    In terms of cognitive development, you may find that your 9 year old is now thinking a lot more independently, able to plan ahead better, think critically and have improved decision-making and organisational skills.

    Here's what else they may be doing:

  • Longer attention span
  • Intense curiosity about the world around them and how things work
  • Periods of time engaging in interests
  • May read in depth
  • Share thoughts and opinions
  • Face more academic challenges at school
  • Begin to see the point of view of others more clearly
  • Categorise items
  • Subtraction skills improved
  • Accomplish increasingly more complex tasks
  • Emotional and Social Milestones

    By 9, children are more emotionally mature and are able to handle their frustrations and deal with conflicts. Independence and relationships outside of the home are hugely important right now, but that doesn't mean they don't need your support.

    Here's how your child will be developing emotionally and socially by age 9:

  • Mood swings are still possible, as well as outbursts of anger
  • But they're able to copy and recover from these instances better
  • Self-control is much better
  • Pressures from peers, school and family
  • May experience anxiety
  • Will enjoy being a member of a club
  • Interest in competitive sports
  • Learning to take responsibility for their own actions
  • Self-awareness
  • Concerned about being right or wrong
  • Need to be in control fo some choices
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