Normal Development: 9 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 9 years of age.


  • Is easily embarrassed and cares about peer pressure.
  • May be stressed by school or world events.
  • Tends to be critical of self.
  • Takes comfort in knowing others have similar feelings.


  • Has ideas and interests independent from parents.
  • Does not like anything “different”.
  • Wants to talk, dress, and act just like friends.
  • Is involved in informal clubs and small groups of the same sex.
  • Starts to just sit and talk with friends.


  • Uses reference books with increasing skill.
  • Gets immersed in a hobby or project, then drops it for another.
  • May be a perfectionist.
  • Generally follows instructions.
  • Develops own standards of right and wrong.
  • Is very concerned about fairness.


  • Has greater small muscle coordination and better dexterity.
  • Favors active, highly-charged games and sports.
  • Wants to excel in sports, hobbies, and games.
  • Is more interested in clothing and appearance.
  • Laughs at bathroom humor.
Written by Robert Brayden, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2012-09-25
Last reviewed: 2013-09-18
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
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