Introduction to Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood

What you’ll learn to do: explain emotional, social, and moral development during middle childhood

A girl whispering into another girl's ear

Children in middle childhood are┬ástarting to make friends in more sophisticated ways. They are choosing friends for specific characteristics, including shared interests, sense of humor, and being a good person. That is quite a departure from the earlier days of playing with the people in your group just because they are there. Children in middle childhood are starting to realize that there are benefits to friendships, and there are sometimes difficulties as well. In this section, we’ll examine some aspects of these relationships.