Social Development in ages 6-8

Brissa Nino

This stage in life

Middle childhood brings many changes in a child’s life. Having a social life away from family becomes more important now. This age allows for exposure to others and creates an opportunity for kids to create relationships. Friendships become more and more important. Physical, social, and mental skills develop quickly at this time. This is a critical time for children to develop confidence in all areas of life, such as through friends, schoolwork, and sports.

Social Changes (CDC website)

  • Show more independence from parents and family.

  • Pay more attention to friendships and teamwork.

  • Want to be liked and accepted by friends.

Social Changes (raisingchildren)

  • Their play becomes complex now, and he often plays out ideas he’s come across at school or in the media.

  • Your child enjoys making friends and being a friend. Friendships give him a sense of belonging and help him learn and practice basic social skills like sharing and negotiating.

  • You child might also start to play more with children of the same gender.

Social Changes (advocatesforyouth)

  • Spend more time with the peer group and turn to peers for information (They need information sources outside of family, and other adults become important in their lives.)