Parenting Tips for Middle Childhood

Children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old are going through a lot of changes emotionally, socially, and physically. Developing independence from family is important as well as making new friends. Here are some positive parenting tips to help raise your children during this time of change.

Positive Parenting Tips

  • Like with all stages it is important to show love and affection to your child, this stage is no different.
  • Recognize their accomplishments and provide descriptive praise.
  • Help them to understand responsibility by giving them chores around the home.
  • Have talks with your child about school, friends, and other issues.
  • Encourage them to help and respect others by getting involved in the community.
  • Teach your child how to set and achieve goals and the benefits of doing so.
  • Set rules, make sure they understand the rules and the consequences for breaking the rules.
  • Teach them patience by letting others go first or by finishing a task before going out to play. Relate consequences to actions.
  • Do fun things together as a family.
  • Continue to read to your child and read to each other.
  • Get involved in your child’s school. Meet the teachers and staff to understand the learning goals and how you and the school can work together to help your child do well.
  • Use discipline to guide and protect your child, rather than punishment to make her feel badly about themselves.
  • Support your child to take on new challenges, encourage them to solve problems on their own, such as a disagreement with a sibling or another child.
  • Help them develop their sense of right and wrong. Discuss with them peer pressure and things they may encounter at school.
  • Encourage them to join school and community groups such as a team sport or music.
  • As they get older you will need to talk about puberty with them and what to expect and that it is normal to go through the changes.
  • Be affectionate and honest with your child. They should feel comfortable approaching you with their problems or to talk.

Child Safety Tips

  • Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of death or injury for kids in this age range so protect your child properly in the car.
  • Teach them to watch traffic and how to be safe when riding a bike, walking to school, and playing outside.
  • Teach your child how to swim and water safety and never leave them unsupervised.
  • Teach them how to ask for help when they need it.
  • Know where your kids are at all times and who they are with.
  • Many children get home from school before their parents get off work. It is critical to have clear rules and plans for your child when home alone.