Child Roleplay Guide


This guide is to provide ‘standard’ guidelines within which ‘normal’ children may sit. The information provided is based on the assumption that between the ages of 0-5 the upbringing was perfectly ‘normal’ or rather ‘non-damaging’ with no disabilities or disadvantages that would impact development.

Obviously, this will not apply to all children. Normal is being used for the middle ground standardised child and it is completely understood that children are extremely varied.

A lot of this information has been contextualised for the environments Marosian children are raise within and take into account that at 14 they gain mechanical independence. This information is in no way to be used in place of a Doctor or Specialist in Real Life.

Below this section will be another based around common disabilities or behavioural changes due to external factors (such as abuse, trauma or illness. This covers both direct, witnessed or heard. Please note this will not go into traumatic details.)

As always if you spot any inaccuracies or space for improvement; please get in touch and always remember that the Game Rules come first.

Age 5

It can be assumed that before this age they have hit all developmental milestones which include but are not limited to:

  • Walking with ease for long distances
  • General gross motor skills including hop, skip, jump
  • Can dress themselves
  • Can use cutlery and basic tools
  • Can speak in full but basic sentences clearly
  • Will be able to read and write in line with their vocabulary which includes nouns, verbs, compound words such as bookshelf, rhyming, past and present tense

Between the ages of 5-6 the following behaviours and milestones are applicable and ‘normal’ for the ‘standard child’.

  • Should be able to make simple judgements such as good/bad, happy/sad, coat needed/not needed
  • Begins to understand friendship but can be quite competitive
  • Uses full sentences, with clear pronunciation of basic words and phrases
  • Occasional tantrums
  • Will usually ask many, many questions
  • Quite close with caregivers

Age 6

  • More tantrums
  • Will seek out praise for their actions
  • Mild separation anxiety
  • Should be able to follow basic rules and wish to do so however they may occasionally test the limits of those rulings
  • Could start to experience jealousy, more so within the family unit
  • Still quite close with caregivers, often emulating them

Age 7

  • Usually will start complaining about anything and everything
  • Can feel misunderstood and like the world is out to get them
  • Likely to be dramatic in childish ways such as throwing themselves on the floor, pouting, crossing arms or refusing to move
  • Should become more aware of what other people think, and their opinions will also hold weight
  • Will find relationships, especially PDA icky. This often extends to the opposite sex where gender has been reinforced
  • Not as tactile with caregivers

Age 8

  • Often will experience extreme sensitivity to the opinion of others
  • Likely to believe others opinions should match their own and will have a lack of understanding if it doesn't
  • Will start to become more aware of their body and wish to cover up
  • May be more aware mentally of innocent childhood love relationships with peers and will likely find even holding hands still icky
  • Should slowly be transitioning into a more argumentative and independent mindset in relation to caregivers

Age 9

  • Friends appear to have more importance than family
  • Might want to spend more time with peers than adult family members
  • Bit more independence
  • Likely will want more private space for changing/bathing
  • Will be more independent from caregivers

Age 10

  • Increased independence
  • Generally the same as age 9
  • Might have a proper best friend by this point
  • Likely to verbalise attraction preferences
  • Often will ask more questions regarding their body and life
  • Friends are still priority over caregivers

Age 11

  • Generally the same as 10
  • Friendly and chatty with adults and peers
  • Start to become more helpful with younger people
  • Caregiver status remains the same

Age 12

Puberty presents itself in a variety of ways including but not limited to

  • Reclusive
  • Non talkative
  • 2 year old type tantrums
  • Inability to express oneself
  • Confusion regarding their changes
  • Rapid emotional changes
  • Start to begin to seriously challenge boundaries and rules
  • Relationships with caregivers are either close and talkative or distant depending on the relationship

Age 13

  • Puberty continues
  • May lack in personal hygiene
  • More prominent physical changes
  • Males tend to be generally behind females in development
  • Socially may make more comparisons with others
  • Slightly more distant with caregivers

Age 14

  • Advancement of age 13
  • Independence increases with age 14 abilities
  • If relationship is not positive with caregiver at this stage the teenager may separate from them

General post 14 - 18 behaviours in IG context

  • May form innocent close relationships with individuals within the same age range
  • At age 16 will likely ease into a more romantic but still innocent relationship if a friendship has been present. Again, this is likely to be with individuals of the same age range and anything more than a familial-like relationship is restricted to within one year's age gap and neither party can be over 18
  • At age 18 individuals are able to consent to legal Adult relationships and may engage in these at their leisure, based upon their life experiences, opportunities and education

Please note: grooming and sexual contact with minors are bannable offences. Do not engage in any type of relationship beyond an innocent friend or family if your character is over the age of eighteen and the target character is under the age of eighteen.

As always if you are unsure if something is legal or not In-Game, please send in a report and cease RP.

  • child_rp_guide.txt
  • Last modified: 2021/04/04 16:44
  • by poldora