Knowing what to expect can help parents deal with the frustrations and problems that are quite normal for each age. As well as temptations. Basic Description of 6-Year Old: Loving and Defiant, Suggestions for parenting your 6-year old. It can take up to 2 months to work. Among children aged 2-8 years, boys were more likely than girls to have a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. Range of Violent Behavior. Two children of the same age may act drastically different in behavior. Much of the following information is based on the studies by The Gesell Institute of Human Development, with the primary source being Your Five Year Old, by Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D. Also included is information from Pick Up Your Socks by Elizabeth Crary. The school-age years: age 8-12 Ah, those preteen years of attitude and whiplash emotion, when kids begin to feel the pull between adulthood’s promise and childhood’s pleasures. While they instinctively seem to be able to say “No,” toddlers also need help in learning how to accept “No” from others. How to disconnect to reconnect so you can grow and have fun together. Sometimes the child asks “why” because he wants to have conversations with parent and has learned that this is a way to achieve that, loves exaggeration: “a million, billion ants on the sidewalk,” “as tall as the sky,” “as big as my house” and loves silly language. Seek help if your child's behavior seems immature compared to other kids their age. It doesn't mean that one behavior is more normal than the other. Certain behaviors such as temper tantrums are typical, especially for particular age groups. Common and expected healthy child behaviors in this age range: Curiosity about their body, including genitals; “18 month – 16 year old.” All rights reserved. However, environmental circumstances and exchanges with key individuals within that environment have a significant influence on how each child benefits from each developmental event. Babies and toddlers are naturally curious. Every child does not exhibit all of these characteristics. Much of the following information is based on the studies by The Gesell Institute of Human Development, with the primary source being Your Eight Year Old, by Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D. Also included is information from Pick Up Your Socks by Elizabeth Crary. As you read these lists of typical child behavior, remember every child will do things in his own unique way and on his own schedule. Learn about kids behavioral development, including how to help them deal with anger, fear and disappointment. This leads to passive-aggressive behavior (“I’ll do it in a minute.”), self-consciousness (“What are you staring at?”) and self-doubt (“I’m not good at anything.”) and/or over-confidence (“Well, I thought I could do that.”) and of course moodiness (“Leave me alone.”). Basic description of 18-month olds: “I do it myself!”,