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Emotional Development: Ages 7-12

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Kristen Krause

on 19 January 2014

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Transcript of Emotional Development: Ages 7-12

Moral Development
You can help children make the right moral choices in a number of ways:
-Setting a good example
-Support the child's growing conscience
-Reinforce empathy
-Talk about how to handle situations that might occur
Specific Emotions
Anger
Ways to help control a child's anger include:
-Teach the child how to gain self-control
-Reward the child for controlling anger
-help the child learn non-aggressive ways to resolve conflicts
-Help the child learn to use unrelated physical activity to work off anger
Fear and Worry
7 year-olds may have fears like fears of the dark
At age 10 they are worried about:
-reports of terrorism
-fatal car accidents
-natural disasters
In preteen years they are afraid at how their peers see them
Envy and Jealousy
Envy
is the feeling of wanting something another person has
Taking Responsibilities
Parents can help a child learn about independence by:
-Treating an 11 and 12 year old less like a child
-Sticking to family rules and negotiating them
-Let them experience consequences
-Encourage them to think through consequences
-Allow preteens to make low risk decisions
Preteens adopt to all of these things from peer pressure:
-Words
-Behaviors
-Habits
-Ideas of their peers
Conformity
is being like one another so they may do things like dressing alike and adopting similar hair styles
To avoid peer pressure
-Join a peer group that shows positive moral values
-Find others with similar hobbies
-Rely on conscience to make decisions
-Don't be upset when teased by peers
-Talk to a parent or trusted adult
Puberty begins in ages 11-12
Preteens:
-feel and act awkward
-mood swings make them go from happy to sad
Emotional Changes
Age 7: Withdrawn and quiet, stay close to home, and are sensitive to what people say about them
Age 8: More positive attitude, explore new things, lively , active, and dramatic
Age 9: Absorbed in thoughts , harsh about their own failures, shows signs if anxiety and tension, and are absorbed in their own concerns
Age 10: Positive and happy
Emotional Development: Ages 7-12
Family Relationships
Living with Children 7-12
Relationships With Peers
Preteen years
Sense of Self
Developing a sense of self is the most important development of Emotional and Social development
Key Terms
Developing a Sense of Competence
Sense of competence
is a feeling they can be successful and meet most challenges
A way to increase self competence is:
-Help children focus on their strengths
-Provide opportunities
-Encourage learning
-Establish react able goals
-Recognize success
-Focus on the positive
Developing a Sense of Gender
Gender identity
is the awareness of being male or female
At age 7 and 12 children tend to:
-choose to spend more time with others of the same gender
-increase desire to talk to same sex children
-choose role models of same sex
-make relationships with the opposite sex
When living with children this age you should:
-Be patient
-Listen
-Don't take it personally
-Help the child maintain self- control
Children look for the following qualities in friendships:
-Loyalty
-Trustworthiness
-Kindness
-Fun
For helping people resolve conflicts you should:
-Set some ground rules
-Listen to both sides
-Find common ground
-Reach a solution that is acceptable to both sides
Older children have conflicts over more complex issues
Parents
Siblings
At age 7 sibling usually seem to get along
As they get older they have a more difficult relationships
Dealing with Bullies
Bullying
means directing aggression or abuse toward another person
Parents should suspect bullying if the child comes home with:
-Cuts
-Bruises
-Torn clothing
-Frequently "loses" lunch money and other valuable items
-Does not want to go to school
-Becomes unusually moody, withdrawn and bad tempered
-Always anxious
-Has trouble sleeping
Children's attitudes towards parents change
Age 7:
-Dependent on parents
Age 8:
-Cling to parents
Age 9:
-Wrapped up in own thoughts and ignore their parents
Age 10:
-Happier and more communicative
Ages 11 & 12:
-Crucial of parent's values
Peer Pressure
Sense of self-
Sense of Competence- A feeling they can be successful and meet most challenges
Gender identity- The awareness of being male or female
Anxiety- Uncertainty or fear about an unspecified,but seemingly immediate fear
Bullying- Aggressive or abusive behavior directed toward another person, usually someone weaker
Peer Pressure- A social group's influence on the way individuals behave
Conformity- Dressing or acting like one another
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