What Is The Difference Between A Kid, Tween And Teen?

What Is The Difference Between A Kid, Tween And Teen?

What is the difference between kid, tween and teen?


  • Newborns -1 year age are called infants.
  • 2 year to 3 years of age baby is called a toddler.
  • 4 years to 9 years age children are called kids.
  • 10 years to 12 years child is a tween.
  • 13 years to 19 years is a teenager.


Kids: Personality Development


It is also referred to as play age or middle childhood. This is  the age where a child steps out of the house to socialize, learn and gets new experiences and friends. Kids are enrolled in playschool/ pre-school and then enrolled in school.




  • Learn to use imagination.
  • Able to focus, understand and follow the instructions.
  • The early part of this stage can also include stormy tantrums and stubbornness depending on the child's temperament.
  • Become very curious and question everything.
  • Have a sense of confidence and pride.
  • Able to communicate what they learned at school and show off their skills.
  • Learn to share with other kids at school.
  • Express emotions, likes and dislikes.
  • Will master motor skills and coordination.


School going:


  • May help you with house chores.
  • Kids show emotional maturity at age 8 years. They know masking their emotions and understanding the reactions a situation needs.
  • The reasoning ability develops.
  • Coordination continues to improve.
  • Understands the social community and behavioral maturity develops.
  • Aware of physical appearance, clothes and body image.
  • May get significantly taller due to a growth spurt.


Tween: Personality Development


This is a pivotal time for a child. He is aware of his personality, interactions and has a mature level of understanding. It is a phase between childhood and adulthood. Being 10 is all about change. It is a period of transition that can offer challenges and delights as children start to embrace the approach of adolescence.


  • Begins to show signs of puberty such as oily skin, increased sweating and hair growth in the genital area and under the arms.
  • Better sense of their personality and navigate their social surroundings.
  • Thinking power develops. Question everything and able to compare everything. Remember things and react accordingly.
  • Have his opinions and goals.
  • Understand the consequences of his actions.
  • Able to differentiate between right and wrong.
  • There is a little anxiety and a sense of fear.
  • Sense of differentiating between genders.


A tween needs a good rest of about 9-11 hours. Maybe clumsy and lazy, but you need to have a conversation and listen to everything he has to say even it makes no sense to you or you have heard it before. It gives the child a sense of security and assurance that parents are always there for him.


Teenager: Personality Development


13 is the onset of the teenage years. It is a shift of a child to his adolescence. There is a mental, physical and emotional shift. After 19, he is considered an adult. Teenage years are critical years of a child’s life. As a parent, you need to be careful at each step. You need to transition from an adult authority to friends, whom he can trust and share.


  • Sensitive to body changes and physical appearance.
  • Attention seeking.
  • A sense of distrust in parents and hence questions authority.
  • Aware of his interests and talents.
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses.
  • Undergo mood swings.
  • Has a large social circle. Friends tend to be more important.
  • Preferences about subject liking and career (16+).


Puberty develops throughout the teen years. You see a major transformation in behavior and character development from 13 years to 19 years of age.


Also read: 12 Play-Date Ideas For Toddlers


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