His willingness to use his growing social sophistication and empathy to work on friendships shows how important emotional skills are for children in elementary school. Starting around age 5 and continuing through adolescence, the important skills children must master are emotional and social. How do I go about making friends? How do I handle frustration?
Many of these skills start in toddlerhood of course. And just as parents can help (or hinder) their youngsters' early conquests of physical challenges, they can help school-age children become more emotionally sophisticated and confident.
Let's look at five of the greatest challenges faced by kids in school: patience, self-reliance, responsibility, bonding, and self-control.
Contributing editor Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and the author of five books on child development, teaches at the Harvard Medical School.