What is the difference between kid, tween and teen?
- Newborns -1 year age are called infants.
- 2 year to 3 years of age baby is called a toddler.
- 4 years to 9 years age children are called kids.
- 10 years to 12 years child is a tween.
- 13 years to 19 years is a teenager.
Kids: Personality Development
It is also referred to as play age or middle childhood. This is the age where a child steps out of the house to socialize, learn and gets new experiences and friends. Kids are enrolled in playschool/ pre-school and then enrolled in school.
- Learn to use imagination.
- Able to focus, understand and follow the instructions.
- The early part of this stage can also include stormy tantrums and stubbornness depending on the child's temperament.
- Become very curious and question everything.
- Have a sense of confidence and pride.
- Able to communicate what they learned at school and show off their skills.
- Learn to share with other kids at school.
- Express emotions, likes and dislikes.
- Will master motor skills and coordination.
- May help you with house chores.
- Kids show emotional maturity at age 8 years. They know masking their emotions and understanding the reactions a situation needs.
- The reasoning ability develops.
- Coordination continues to improve.
- Understands the social community and behavioral maturity develops.
- Aware of physical appearance, clothes and body image.
- May get significantly taller due to a growth spurt.
Tween: Personality Development
This is a pivotal time for a child. He is aware of his personality, interactions and has a mature level of understanding. It is a phase between childhood and adulthood. Being 10 is all about change. It is a period of transition that can offer challenges and delights as children start to embrace the approach of adolescence.
- Begins to show signs of puberty such as oily skin, increased sweating and hair growth in the genital area and under the arms.
- Better sense of their personality and navigate their social surroundings.
- Thinking power develops. Question everything and able to compare everything. Remember things and react accordingly.
- Have his opinions and goals.
- Understand the consequences of his actions.
- Able to differentiate between right and wrong.
- There is a little anxiety and a sense of fear.
- Sense of differentiating between genders.
A tween needs a good rest of about 9-11 hours. Maybe clumsy and lazy, but you need to have a conversation and listen to everything he has to say even it makes no sense to you or you have heard it before. It gives the child a sense of security and assurance that parents are always there for him.
Teenager: Personality Development
13 is the onset of the teenage years. It is a shift of a child to his adolescence. There is a mental, physical and emotional shift. After 19, he is considered an adult. Teenage years are critical years of a child’s life. As a parent, you need to be careful at each step. You need to transition from an adult authority to friends, whom he can trust and share.
- Sensitive to body changes and physical appearance.
- Attention seeking.
- A sense of distrust in parents and hence questions authority.
- Aware of his interests and talents.
- Recognize strengths and weaknesses.
- Undergo mood swings.
- Has a large social circle. Friends tend to be more important.
- Preferences about subject liking and career (16+).
Puberty develops throughout the teen years. You see a major transformation in behavior and character development from 13 years to 19 years of age.
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