We wanted to dedicate a page to parents that might help explain some of the new and often exciting behaviors your child may be demonstrating. 9 and 10 year olds are fascinating creatures! They are becoming increasingly independent in their physical, social, and academic activity. They are also desperate to have their own thoughts and opinions heard! This is an extremely thrilling time for them, that can also cause unknown anxieties to come up. You may see your child begin to fret over perfection, become fixated on a hobby, or simply become more emotional. This is all part of the maturing process and your child developing a self-concept. As schedules become more hectic, and school becomes more difficult be sure to listen and help develop your child’s own real world view and sense of independence.