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?!