Your Ten-Year-Old Child's Child Development

An overview of developmental highlights you can expect to see in 10-year-old

Ten-year-old children are standing fully in the tween years. At times, they will still run and play and jump, just as they did when they were younger. But they may be just as likely to show the poise and self-control of a teenager in other instances. Here are some general characteristics you can expect to see in a typical 10-year-old child.

10-Year-Old Behavior and Daily Routines

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What does a day in the life of an average 10-year-old look like? While children, like adults, have different temperaments, tastes, and personalities that shape who they are and what they prefer, here is a general overview of what you can expect to see in the routines and behaviors of a 10-year-old child. 

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10-Year-Old Physical Development

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Ten-year-old children have developed more finely-tuned motor control and coordination. Hero Images/Getty Images

Children who are 10-years-old are experiencing many physical changes as they approach adolescence. Some are already experiencing the beginnings of puberty while others are growing lankier with each day. But even as they are growing tall and lean, they are still likely to jump and play, just as they did when they were much younger in grade school

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10-Year-Old Emotional Development

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Ten-year-old children will still need and want hugs and talks with mom and dad. Hero Images/Getty Images

When it comes to emotions, 10-year-old development is a topsy-turvy time. This phase of child development is rocked by changes (physiological as well as emotional, cognitive, and social), and can play havoc on a child's moods. That said, 10-year-olds are also growing more mature, and are navigating problems and relationships with more maturity than ever before. 

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10-Year-Old Cognitive Development

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Ten-year-old children are learning difficult material at a rapid pace. Hero Images/Getty Images

Ten-year-old children are learning and expanding their minds in unprecedented ways. At the 10-year-old child development phase, schoolwork is ramping up in the classroom and via homework, as fifth-grade, students prepare for middle school

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10-Year-Old Social Development

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Ten-year-old children are forming strong friendships with close friends. Nick David/Getty Images

Friendships are taking more of a center stage at this phase of development. Your child is becoming more independent, and is naturally gravitating toward spending more time and energy on friendships, and will want to do more activities with friends. 

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