Scientists consider the age of 11 to be the beginning of early teenage years. During this period child psychology and development alters dynamically . A child becomes a young adult. He starts to look for his place in the society. His coevals’ opinion means a lot to him. Child’s intellectual abilities are actively developing at this age. His thinking is as developed as adult’s one. A child realizes long-term consequences of his actions and can plan them for a long time.
Next, we will introduce you to the main peculiarities of children psychology and development at the age of 11.
Physical Changes Start
Girls are more likely to feel the first physiological changes connected with sexual maturity. Mammary glands start growing, and occasional menstruations appear. Girls start feeling themselves adult due to such changes. However, they sometimes know little about growing up and changes they are going to face. New cardinal changes in her organism may embarrass or even frighten her. The task of parents is to support her and explain how to use hygiene products which she has not used before.
Boys’ first signs of sexual maturity appear two years later. We will discuss these changes in next articles.
Child Drifts Apart from the Family
It is common that at the age of 11 a child more and more drifts apart from the family. They try to be closer to peers. You may notice that your son or daughter’s friends know about his or her affairs better than you. Sadly, as it is, but your child is more eager to search for communication outside home. He is less interested in family holidays. Unfortunately, you will have to put up with this, as your child is on the way of becoming an adult, who is already trying to find his place in the society.
Friends play a very significant role in child’s life. He or she spends a lot of time with them. They have common interests, secrets and affairs. It is great if you like your child’s friends. However, it may happen so that parents are against child’s friendship with anybody. How can you handle this situation? Categorical prohibition will definitely lead to conflicts or even actions against parents’ will. Try to be condescending in questions concerning your child’s friendship, just implicitlypoint at the negative sides that you do not like in his friend or friends. Give more examples from life, your child is already able to analyze and make proper conclusions. It is better to bring your child to his own right and independent decision than to press him and prohibit this friendship.
High Place in Society is Important for Your Child
Becoming older your child tries to occupy a deserved place in his peers’ society. That is why he is so concerned how he looks and how he acts. His personal self-assessment and ability to oppose peers’ mockery or rivalry plays an important role. This problem is especially acute if a child changes his place of studying. He has to assert himself from the ground up.
Appearance starts to play a significant role. That is why most children try to follow fashion and look like their peers.
Interest To Opposite Sex Becomes Stronger
The age of 11 marks the beginning of girls’ early sexually maturity. Hormonal splash and changes in the organism make the interest to opposite sex stronger. This interest is platonic and far from sexual desire yet. On the other hand, television and the Internet may transform it to sexual attraction. That is why it is desired for a child to know the limits in relationships with opposite sex. Sexual education programs held at schools help to cope with this complicated part of child’s life. However, parent’s duty is to control, support and educate a child. It can be possible only when a child believe and trust his parents. Beboth a parent and friend for your child, who can hear out and give a useful piece of advice.