6 Things You Need To Know About 6 Year Olds

  • September 19, 2017

I’ve written before about things you need to know about 4 year olds and things you need to know about 5 year olds and now I’ve had a 6 year old for a few months I thought it was time I shared what life with a 6 year old is like.

Some parts aren’t that different – they still don’t listen, and they’re still bossy. But there are also some lovely new traits that come with having a 6 year old.

If you have a child younger than 6, don’t say I didn’t warn you! Here are 6 things you need to know about 6 year olds…

They’re too clever

There’s no pulling the wool over a 6 year old’s eyes, they’re far too smart for their own good. You can’t have a conversation without them as they listen to everything you say – forget trying to secretly spell c.a.k.e or s.w.e.e.t.s to your other half because they’ve learnt to spell now and will catch you out.

You’ll get asked lots of questions still, but now you can’t fob them off because you’ll get “but it says on Google…” or “but my teacher said…”

They’ve got attitude

I feel like I have a teenager in the house sometimes with the cheeky attitude I get. There’s also a  lot of grumpiness at times and “it’s not fair”. 6 years olds definitely answer back more.

They’re mini teenagers

I think Little H is 6 going on 16 sometimes. She’s not interested in Disney Princesses anymore, now she wants to go to Claire’s Accessories to spend her pocket money, and wants me to buy her a phone (no chance!). I thought she’d be little girlie for much longer!

They’re more aware

Before, we could watch the news or have the radio one without worrying about what she was hearing because she was in her own little world. Now is she sees the news or reads a headline on a newspaper she wants to know what it’s all about. I try to shield her from it as much as possible because I don’t want to worry her with the crap that’s going on in the world. I also have to be careful having the radio on in the car as some lyrics are definitely not appropriate for 6 year olds!

They’re becoming self-conscious

I’ve noticed that Little H has become more self-conscious recently. She worries about what her classmates think when she answers a question in class, and hates people looking at her. Again I thought this would start much later than 6 and it’s quite sad really. We’re just trying to balance it with lots of praise and encouragement.

They’re more thoughtful

I don’t know if it’s just me but Little H seems to worry about people more as she gets older. She’s always concerned for homeless people she sees, and worries about old people that we see out and about on their own. It’s lovely to see her thinking about these things.

If you have a 6 year old do any of these sound familiar?!


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  • kimberleyf1988

    It sounds like a lovely age, we’ve still a while before we get there with our currently 2.5 year old #DreamTeam

  • mummyhereandthere

    Nodding along to all this but I am really loving there little personality shining through X #teinklytuesday

  • Queer Little Family (@queerxfamily)

    My niece is definitely six going on sixteen. And very dramatic. Sharing this with a friend who’s daughter has just turned six! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

  • All About Hurr

    Spot on, especially the acting like a teenager! I also love the expressive talking with their hands x

  • Kate (Along Came Poppy)

    My eldest turns 6 in November so this is good to know and prepare for! She was a right little madam this morning so I think she’s getting her attitude perfected ? #KCACOLS

  • Becky @ Educating Roversi

    We have a 3yo boy currently but a little girl on the way in december. I can’t imagine having a 6 year old! Just like I couldn’t imagine having a toddler or another baby but look how that turned out! ☺️ I do not like the sound of not being able to hide things! #KCACOLS

  • Mrs Lighty

    Aww this makes me want to hold onto my little two year old forever! They grow up so fast, don’t they? I’m forever saying at the moment that I don’t know what parents do once their little ones can spell – how do you communicate in semi private, ha?!! Thank you for linking this up to #DreamTeam!

  • aimz18

    Just wait until 8, the hormones!! I swear she is a teenager.
    Thanks so much for linking up with #kcacols, we hope you join us again

  • ohprettycity

    I worked in year one for a couple of years, they’re so adorable at that age! My kids are so big now I barely remember them that small 🙁 #kcacols

  • ljdove23

    Theyve got attitude – I hear you! My daughter is 5.5 and heading for that stage! I do love that age though!! #kcacols


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