Your Six-Year-Old

Loving and Defiant

The six-year-old is a complex child, entirely  different from the five-year-old. Though many of the  changes are for the good – Six is growing more  mature, more independent, more daring and  adventurous – this is not necessarily an easy time for the  little girl or boy. Relationships with mothers are  troubled – most of the time Six adores mother,  but whenever things go wrong, it’s her fault. It  used to be, at Five, that she was the center of the  child’s universe; now, the child is the center of  his own universe.

Parents need the expert  advice of Drs. Ames and Ilg during this difficult  year, to explain parent-child relations,  friendships with peers, what six-year-olds excel at, how  they see the world, what it feels like to be  entering the first grade. Children need patience and  understanding to help make this transition easier.