Your Nine Year Old: Thoughtful and Mysterious

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Your Nine Year Old: Thoughtful and Mysterious

ƨ Download Format Kindle [ 渹 Your Nine Year Old: Thoughtful and Mysterious ] For Free ვ Author Louise Bates Ames ᄡ chapter one CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AGE Nine is an intriguing age but one that is a little hard to pin down This may be because so much of the Nine year old childs behavior is uneven and unexpected Thus in making designs the child of this age characteristically makes a very small design OR a very large one Other behaviors are equally unpredictable Whatever may be said of the child, the exact opposite might be true on another day This can be confusing to the adult and, we presume, also to the child himself Perhaps the outstanding characteristic of the Nine year old is the fact that the child is emerging from his long, strong preoccupation with his mother or other caretaking parent Whereas at Eight he could not get enough of Mother, now he seems often almost to resent her presence and her demands Eight depended on, or at least related strongly and warmly to, his mother and for that matter to other adults Nine is independent, self motivated He is a self starter and once started wishes to continue in his own way, at his own time, in his own direction In fact, some Nines are so independent that they like to be loose on the town without being checked up on too closely That is, they like to be allowed to play for a few hours without giving too specific information as to where they are going and what they are doing Or to spend money that doesnt have to be accounted for Nine may do best if allowed considerable independence and if given considerable responsibility Eight is one of the characteristically expansive ages The Eight year old is all over the place, speedy, sure Nine is anxious, withdrawn, less certain, less speedy Though he does not cover as much ground, at least not as quickly, as he did a year earlier, he is still into everything His interests are so varied and so numerous that his days are almost too full Each afternoon is filled with some activitymusic lessons, sports, Cub Scouts or Brownies, choir practicealways something He is driven by time but hates to give up anything Nine takes himself and his occupations very seriously, and wants to do things just right A new sign of his maturity is that he can interrupt himself or be interrupted , take a little side trip, and then return to his original occupation He can keep his mind on what he is doing even when something interrupts In fact, most Nines not only can finish a projectwhether it is a book or a quarrelbut need to finish it after they have been interrupted We have described Nine as an embroidery age Thus some children, at least some of the time, need to elaborate on their productions and are not satisfied till they have put in every last flourish or curlicue They do this not just to get praise, as may have been the case at Eight, but to satisfy their own inner demands In fact, in this as in other ways, Nine is remarkably independent It is as if the child at this age is using a delicate mechanism than just earlier In many situations a girl or boy makes subtle and finer responses, notes smaller details Emotions are subtle The child makes finer evaluations, notices tinier detailson a test, over radio or television, in a newspaper During a recitation or even when reading he may make little, fiddling movements Not prey to as many self doubts as he felt at Eight, Nine seems ready to tackle almost anything This is an excellent age for perfecting proficiency in the basic academic subjects The child is so much interested in perfecting his skills that he is not only willing but eager to do the same thing over and over, whether it is throwing darts or dividing by one digit In fact, some Nines almost get dizzy from being so wound up in an activity They make themselves see a thing through whether it is a five mile hike, mowing a lawn, or making a transformer Boys, especially, sometimes seem almost obsessed they have a true sense of a goal and, when working against time, as in a speed test, their first query is Did I make it Completing a task is very important now, and Nine wants to know the scope and context of any new task before starting Nines can do most anything they make up their minds to do willpower is very strong Children of this age can expend energy to make themselves do even hard and unpleasant things if they accept the task or idea and feel that they are doing it of their own accord Confronted with an unfamiliar task, the child of Nine may say Hm and then look the situation over before beginning Nines do not leap in recklessly as they might have done when just younger They may actually verbalize Let me think about this I always have to think first That is, girls and boys both like to plan, want to know where they are going before taking the first step However, Nines are not above complaining that something new is too hard They do know when things arent being done right, whether by themselves or some other person Thus they show considerable social criticism as well as self criticism Nine has a new awareness of self and of his own processes The Nine year old girl or boy may say That is just like me As the child thinks, he may fixate on a point on the wall and tell you later that he wasnt really seeing the point, he was only looking at it to help him concentrate Both sexes show a realistic evaluation of self, of others, and of what others think about them They will not accept a compliment if they feel they dont deserve it To Nines, things are what they are Numbers give them great satisfaction, because numbers give things concrete labelsyou know where you are with them Also, Nine wants to know the monetary value of a thing whether it is a dress, a football, a house, or even Fathers salary The child is also inordinately interested in knowing everybodys age Nines may speak of their own poor memory disparagingly, but actually they tend to have rather a good memory for certain facts and figures Sturdy and capable as Nines sometimes seem, their emotions vary, as do other aspects of their behavior Thus the child of this age is highly variable in emotional responsesnow timid, now bold now cheerful, now grumpy Of course every age has its mood swings, but they seem particularly wide at this unpredictable age One of Nines main problems may be that he worries and tends to complain He may not merely refuse any task that he doesnt wish to do, or that seems too hard, or that he hasnt personally put his mind to, as when he was younger Now the child gives some plausible excuse for not doing it In fact, many of his physical complaints are related to some required task If a girl has to practice the piano, her hands hurt If a boy has to eat some food he dislikes, his jaw pains him If either girl or boy has to do homework, the eyes hurt Fortunately, one can usually ignore most of these complaints The typical Nine year old enjoys intellectual pursuits He likes to make inventories and checklists likes to classify and identify and order information There is a factual interest in seriation and categoriesthe insignia of ranks of army and navy officers, flags of the United Nations, kinds of cars, kinds of airplanes Nine loves to collect Not only quantity but quality is now important And he likes to keep his collections in order His success in collecting is in part due to his persistence and his desire to accomplish a goal Reasonably well organized himself, he likes to keep his collections neat Sometimes his mother does not appreciate his hoarding instinct and feels his fury when she throws out something he treasures or if she inadvertently interferes with any of his collections Boys and girls of this age now can show a reasonableness and fairness in their estimates and expectations of other people They no longer blame others, at least not as much as they used to They want things to be run fairly, and they themselves try to be fair The beginning of conscience is in the making Nine lays great stress on who started any difficulty and is highly disappointed if the adult in charge parent or teacher does not agree with his evaluation of a troubled situation He is willing to accept discipline if he considers it to be fair Nine loves to talk things over, especially with his friends As children of this age are quieter and sober than earlier, they love a good long talk fest in which people, things, and situations are discussed They talk about the present and the future Paradoxically, future interest in the opposite sex is foreshadowed at this age by intense disdain for and disgust with the opposite sex Many boys still will have nothing to do with girls Girls reciprocate with such statements as Boys are loathsome creatures Those who hate the opposite sex the most right now may be the very ones who will be the most strongly attracted to it a little later on At some of the earlier ages, there is in many respects great similarity from one child to another Nine is one of the individual ages Though we can make general statements about this age, individual differences here are very great, which adds to the unpredictability of this very special age Emotionally, Nine has been described as responsible Much of the time he does take responsibility for his own actions And though not bursting with enthusiasm, as he may have been at Eight, he is willing to attack the new and difficult Even though uncertain about the outcome, he is usually willing to try Nine may sometimes be impatient and quick tempered and may flare up in anger, but his anger tends to be short lived In general, he is quite the opposite of impatient He thoughtfully plans not only individual activities but often his whole day Persistence is his middle name, and once he has started a thing he very much wants to finish it, and finish it correctly And he would like to have other people do things correctly too, though he is not quite as quick to criticize other people as he was at Eight.What happened to that sunny outgoing child of eight As parents of nine year olds often discover, nine is a tricky age.Children are distant from Mother and Father they re independant and rely on friends for companionship, or they have a tendency to spend time alone.Some nines are boisterous and wild, others thoughtful and withdrawn.Helping parents learn how to cope with the unpredictable nine year old is the aim of this practical guide from the Gesell Institute.Nine year olds are hovering on the brink of adolescence, and this in part contributes to their up and down nature.Dr Louis Bates Ames and Carol Chase Haber paint a vivid picture of the child at this age and offer useful advice to make life easier for parents and children alike. 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