Elementary Age (ages 6-11)
Things you can do...
- Let your child read to you.
- Participate in community service activities as a family.
- Emphasize that you still care about her when you disagree with your child.
- Be consistent with the consequences for misbehaving or violating boundaries.
- Inspire your child to seek out answers and solutions when he faces obstacles or difficult times.
- Make time at home fun for everyone.
- Spend time together doing things you all enjoy.
- Play favorite games, have a family video night, read, take walks or bike rides.
- Encourage your children to get involved in organizations and youth groups outside of school, and be supportive in getting them there.
It's important to know that...
Young people need to know what is expected of them, and whether activities and behaviors are acceptable or "out of bounds." Your child will begin to assert greater independence. While this behavior is healthy, it is still important for you to stay involved in your child's life. School habits are being formed at this age including doing homework and developing achievement motivation. Membership in community organizations, congregations and youth groups can smooth the transition for your child into middle school.
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