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What You Need To Know About Your Child’s Social Development From Age Two to Twelve


As parents, we are wary of our children’s development from the time we first held them in our arms. We are usually particular with their physical and mental development that we are so excited about their milestones. But oftentimes, we set aside monitoring their social development, which in fact is equally important as the others.

Our children’s social wellness is important for them to properly behave, react, and interact in a highly social world. The age two to twelve years old is very pivotal since these are the years when they form most of their social behaviors and skills. As parents, it is our main role to guide them on the path they should go and provide them with the proper avenues and facilities for them to acquire appropriate and proper social practices.

Of course, we can only help if we understand the ladder of their social development from age to age. Below is a guide which aims to give us an idea on what progresses to expect from our children in terms of social aspect.

  1. Age 2-3 years old.
    • Mostly focused on themselves.
    • Starting to understand instructions and are often willing to comply.
    • Can be guided about the rights of other people and can be taught to wait for their turn.
    • Forms primary attitudes and concepts towards God, parents, and other authorities.
    • Wants to get recognition through assisting or helping out.
    • Can be easily overstimulated by loud noise and sounds.
  2. Age 4-5 years old.
    • Appreciates and imitates role models.
    • Starts being bossy, thus, forming leadership potentials.
    • Starts to be generous and willing to share.
    • Forms an initial concept of equality.
  3. Age 6-8 years old
    • Starts to seek acceptance especially in groups.
    • Needs self confirmation by being the best, first, or brightest.
    • Becomes more generous and kind towards others.
    • Develops protective instincts especially towards siblings and younger children.
  4. Age 9-12
    • Wants to be a part of the important adult group in their lives.
    • Starts to embrace values and belief systems of influential adults.
    • Begins to be more concerned of the welfare of others before his.
    • Starts to understand distinctiveness and stops weighing up himself against others.

These crucial years are very important for our children. But it is equally important for us, parents, as well. This is our only chance to mold them to become conscientious adults in the future. Thus, it matters what we show to them, what we tell them, and what we teach them. But on top of that, it matters how we are treating them. If we treat, teach and engage them in age-appropriate ways, then we are helping them become the man and woman they ought to be.

We don’t have to be alone in this pursuit. Other family members can always pitch-in in guiding our kids especially when they are always around for our kids to catch certain behaviors from them. Care providers must also be taught on how to handle our children’s attitude and must be instructed on how to deal with them when they act in non-age-appropriate ways when we are not around. Most of all, the school where we are sending our children to can be very beneficial in forming their right social behaviors.

Here in Kids Learning Path, we understand child development from all varying aspects. That is why our child care center in Las Vegas Nevada promotes programs and activities that will not only strengthen them physically, enlighten them mentally, guide them emotionally, but reinforce them socially as well. We are proud to have been a reliable partner of parents over the years in teaching, developing, and rearing children and young adults to become responsible and prolific adults.

We encourage you to know us better by scheduling a tour around our facility. This way, you will get to see how we socially develop our students in a nourishing, nurturing, and safe environment. Schedule a tour today by calling 702-456-4986.

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