Normal Development: 11 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 11 years of age.


  • May have sudden, dramatic, emotional changes linked to puberty.
  • Goes back and forth between being mature one moment, and immature the next.
  • Tends to hide feelings.
  • Is hard on self and very sensitive to criticism.


  • Wants parents’ help, but may resist when offered.
  • Is critical of parents.
  • Is concerned with prestige and popularity.
  • Likes to belong to a group and be like others.
  • Follows trends and fads.
  • Prefers to spend time on weekends with friends.
  • Friendships may change due to different levels of maturity.
  • Becomes aware of sexual feelings (Girls usually become aware before boys do).


  • Able to pay attention and concentrate for longer periods.
  • Strives to succeed.
  • Has strong opinions.
  • Starts to understand other peoples’ motives.


  • May have a growth spurt if female (usually a year or two later for males).
  • May tire easily and seem lazy.
  • May look out of proportion.
  • Is self-conscious and thinks a lot about appearance.
  • Appetite may fluctuate sharply.
  • May enjoy watching or playing competitive sports.
  • Is keenly interested in learning about body changes.
  • May be curious about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
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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