Middle Childhood Development

MiddleChildhood Development

Inorder to under fully understand middle childhood development, thisarticle will take the example of a child movie character in the moveMatilda. The movie is about a little girl called Matilda, who canspeak perfectly by the time she is age one, thus she is very bright.However, her parents Harry and Zinnia are horrible as they areneglectful and mistreat her. By the tender age of four, Matilda isalready visiting the local library, making this a daily habit to gothere and read books when her brother Michel is away at school andher parents at work. By age six Matilda has developed emotionally,cognitively, socially, and has fully built her character as anhonest, independent young girl (Dahl 2).


Theportrayal treatment of characters in the movie is quite realistic,however, for the character of the protagonist Matilda is sought of ahyperbole. This is especially so because at a very early age evenbefore she joins schools, Matilda can read books at the locallibrary. Matilda’s emotional development as well is exaggerated, atsix and a half she is feed up with her father constant lectures, andeven goes ahead to take actions about by mixing his hair tonic withher mother’s dye. However, she has built her character as honestgirl, who even rebukes and accuses her father for being dishonest athis workshop.

Cognitive Development

Byage six Matilda unlike other children including her elder brother,she has developed cognitively and she is able to organize taskmaterial. She is able to remember steps of the plan, monitoring howwell the plan is falling in place, and even be able to study herenvironment and detect unusual occurrences (Berk 78). For example,Matilda has trained herself to only use her genius ability wheneverso she pleases and to her advantage. She plans and remembers thesteps to her plan to in causing mayhem at her teacher’s house,proving creative intelligence, practical intelligence and analyticalintelligence (Dahl 5).


Matildahas developed emotional regulation although she is at times affectedby self-conscious emotions. School age children are likely tounderstand psychological dispositions, thus, giving them the abilityto explain emotions. In the case of Matilda, she can not only explainemotions but also influence them. For example, when she goes to causeturmoil at her teacher’s house she attempts to instill fear in herby striking her clock, causing the widow to fly open and close,flickering the lights. By doing this, she is influencing the emotionsof others, by instilling fear in them. In addition, Matilda hasdeveloped problem centered coping. Considering her parentsnegligence, she is able to identify difficulties and deal with them,such the dishonesty of her father (Dahl 6).


Schoolgoing Children have developed morally. Their idea of justice andequality s based on dividing material fairly, ensuring each persongets what they disserve. For the case of Matilda she even isdisappointed by her father’s dishonest behavior at his work place.Reasoning works best with school age children, since they have agreat capacity for logical thinking, therefore, at this age theparent figure presence is important to guide children in thedevelopment. Matilda lack social support causing her to takingmatters into her own hands therefore, in development childrenrequire emotional and social support from parents and teachers.


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Dahl,Lucy.&nbspMatilda`smovie adventures.Viking Children’s Books, 1996. Print.