The child who was given independence in the early years will now want to be a part of a team and will enjoy participating in school clubs, games and sport activities. They are now looking for an engagement outside the home. They develop interest in hobbies.
The primary age child should be encouraged in start looking after his/her own room and keeping it in an orderly fashion.
They may be given a particular responsibility in their home, such as:
- Organising the laundry, loading the dishwasher after meals, changing their bed and looking after their bike or sports kit.
- They will be ready to spent some time away from home, such as visiting friends for sleepovers or going camping with their Brownies group.
- They could be also engaged in charity fundraising and supporting a group of children in need be it in the UK or abroad.
Children mature earlier and by the time they reach secondary school they will be ready to test their autonomy and will search for their own peer group, just like the toddler age this may be a trying time for families as children are once again keen to test boundaries and take risks whilst their brains are changing and developing at a rapid pace just as they were during the first two years of their life.
They will be ready to want to earn and manage their own money, and part time jobs often give them the opportunities to learn these new skills.