Childhood (4-10) - Figuring Out Other People

Socially, children in this stage are beginning to experience some independence from their parents. Many of them are attending daycare or school, some being away from their parents every day for the first time. Children at this stage are beginning to expand their own social circle, and by age four, most children will be able to differentiate between “my friend” and other peers (6). During this period of social exploration, children learn critical skills such as sharing, cooperating, listening to others, negotiating, and managing disagreements (6).