What Is Important For A Healthy Middle Childhood?

Updated August 31, 2022 by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Early childhood and middle childhood are extremely important in children because it is these periods that help children learn how to grow into healthy adults. Without the proper care and attention, children can have difficulty throughout the rest of their lives.

But understanding what a child needs for this portion of their life is extremely important. Today, we’re going to cover some of the important skills and care that a child needs in this stage of their life to grow up happy and healthy.

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What Is Middle Childhood?

Middle childhood is considered the period of life between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. During this time a child is learning skills that will help them to develop relationships throughout their lives. It's not just a romantic relationship that they're learning to develop; they're also learning about social interactions and relationships, such as making friends.

Children between 6 and 12 will also learn about different roles and responsibilities and carry these things with them into their teen and adult years. As a result, these years are extremely important, and a child at this age should be trying different pathways and learning about what their future may hold.

The Importance Of A Healthy Middle Childhood

In early childhood, a child learns things like emotional regulation and attachments, cognitive skills, language skills and motor skills. They begin to develop these skills and abilities further as they grow older and work their way through middle childhood. If they don't learn these skills in their early childhood, it can lead to deficiencies in their later life and may cause them to struggle as they enter middle childhood. They may also have difficulty in their adulthood because of this delay.

Children who experience inadequate care and attention from a caregiver or environmental stress can cause these milestones to be delayed. As they continue to be delayed, they can cause damage to the brain development which causes problems with everything from physical development to social development within the child. Though this can be helped in later life, it's never going to be as easy for the child as it would have been to develop these skills during their early years. Therefore it's crucial for a child to have a healthy early and middle childhood.

What Does Middle Childhood Do?

Because your child is learning so much during these early years, it can set them up for success in all areas of their lives. This includes things like school success as well as an understanding of their health. It also includes self-discipline and the ability to make good decisions. They learn about healthy eating, and they even learn how to form healthy relationships and resolve conflict. Each of these things will be crucial to their success in later life, and a deficiency in any could result in trauma that takes a great deal of help to overcome.

Children during these years of their lives are most at risk for things like developmental and behavioral disorders, asthma, maltreatment, obesity and other chronic conditions. It's thus important that they have healthy relationships and healthy levels of development. If they have a healthy relationship and healthy childhood, these disorders or problems will be recognized sooner and therefore will be able to be treated more quickly. This mitigates the trauma that each of them could have on the child and sets them up for a healthier lifestyle as they continue to age.

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What Do Parents Need To Do?

It is helpful for parents to stay encouraging and supportive of their child during these periods of their life. While punishments are understandable for misbehavior, it is important that they remain consistent and that the child is made to understand why they are being punished and what they need to do differently.

Children during these stages need to have consistency in parenting, in both the positive and negative aspects of it. During these years the child will learn more about themselves and come to understand relationships. If the punishments they receive from the caregiver seem fair and consistent, it will help them develop a healthy understanding of relationships, including consequences for their actions.

Promoting learning and an interest in it is also important for children during this time in their lives. Modeling positive relationships, encouraging your child to develop positive relationships, and encouraging them to explore and experiment with new things in a healthy way is also extremely important. Parents want their child to grow up healthy and happy, and that will take time and effort.

Getting Help For Middle Childhood

If you are a parent and believe you need help, it's out there. You can talk with a professional who will help you better understand yourself and your child, as well as what they need from you. Whether your child is still in their infancy or older, you can make positive changes to your parenting style and help your child to succeed. The important thing is reaching out and finding the help that you need as quickly as possible.

If you believe your child needs help overcoming some of the negative influences of their childhood even while you are working on changing yourself, they can also find professional help. With the right help, they will be able to move further down a path towards healthy adulthood and will be able to develop healthy relationships with you as well as others within their lives.

Middle Childhood Conclusion

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