Normal Development: 10 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 10 years of age.

Emotional

  • Goes back and forth between dependent child and independent pre-teen.
  • Becomes more and more self-conscious.

Social

  • Wants approval for being “good”.
  • Thinks a lot about the opposite sex.
  • Relates strongly to peer group and follows group decisions.
  • Gives in to peer pressure easily.
  • Does not want to be “different”.
  • Likes to play in small groups.
  • Confides constantly in best friend.
  • Often changes likes and dislikes.

Mental

  • Is eager to learn and master new skills and proud of doing things well.
  • Is concerned about personal abilities.
  • Has some of his or her own standards of right and wrong

Physical

  • Is energetic and spirited.
  • Is usually awkward.
  • Strives to be physically fit.
  • Is fascinated with how the body works.
  • May be curious about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
  • Enjoys 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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