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Eleven Year Olds

Below you will find a list of characteristics for typical eleven year olds. Keep in mind that not all children develop at the same time and will progress through these stages at their own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s development, it is important to talk with your child’s doctor. 


Characteristics of a Typical Eleven Year Old

May tire easily and seem lazy                                Likes to belong to a group and be

                                                                            like others


Is self-conscious and thinks                                   Is concerned with popularity

a lot about appearance


Appetite may fluctuate sharply                              Friends may change based on

                                                                            levels of maturity


Able to pay attention and concentrate                    Follows trends and fads

for longer periods of time


Strives to succeed                                                 May experience sudden and

                                                                            dramatic emotional changes


Wants parents’ help but may                                   Goes back and forth between

resist when offered                                                being mature one minute and

         immature the next


Is critical of parents                                             Tends to hide feelings


Has strong opinions                                                 Is hard on self and sensitive to



Taken from:  http://www.childrenshealthnetwork.org/CRS/CRS/pa_develeyr_pep.htm

Learning Activities


Eleven Year Olds

·         Provide support and encouragement for child as he/she tries out new skills

·         Set limits, but provide opportunities for independence whenever possible

·         Help child set the rules and decide own responsibilities; Give child opportunity to make decisions

·         Recognize child’s need to be a part of the group. Help child evaluate morals of the group

·         Be aware of the values of the group and help child understand the consequences of his/her own choices within the group

·         Avoid becoming defensive and overreacting to child’s quick change in emotion and moodiness

·         Help child evaluate his/her own work more objectively

Taken from:  http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/fosterparents/training/cdevguid/cdg13.htm#PHYSICAL