Normal Development: 8 Years Old

Each child is unique. While some behavior and growth milestones tend to happen at certain ages, a wide range for each age is normal. It is okay if your child reaches some milestones earlier and others later than the average. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, check with your healthcare provider. Here’s what you might see your child doing at 8 years of age.


  • Starts to realize that others also feel angry, afraid, or sad.
  • Is easily embarrassed.
  • Gets discouraged easily.
  • May put themselves down or be very modest.


  • Can be argumentative and bossy.
  • Can be generous and responsive.
  • Shows greater ability to understand the needs and opinions of others.
  • Always seeking friends.
  • Especially likes to belong to informal “clubs” formed by children themselves.
  • Likes to belong to structured adult-led groups such as Scouts.
  • Starts to display a sense of loyalty.
  • Enjoys secrets.
  • Is not interested in the opposite sex.
  • May question duty to help with household chores.


  • Is often idealistic.
  • Is keenly interested in projects and collections.
  • Is proud of completing tasks.
  • Resists adult guidance at times.


  • Accident prone, especially on the playground.
  • Has more control over small muscles. Writes and draws with more skill.
  • Has a casual attitude toward clothing and appearance.
  • Seems to be all hands and arms.
  • May be concerned about height and weight.
  • Seems to have boundless energy.
Written by Robert Brayden, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2013-09-18
Last reviewed: 2013-09-18
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