As your child enters school their independence becomes more defined. By this time, children can dress themselves, catch a ball more easily using only their hands, and tie their shoes. Having independence from family becomes more important now. Starting school brings children this age into the larger world. Friendships become more important. Physical, social, and mental skills develop quickly at this time. This is a critical time for children to develop confidence in their abilities and in all areas of life, including friends, schoolwork, and sports.