Your Wise 8-Year-Old
The fact that time flies is evidenced by any 8-year-old's young life. In just a handful of years, your precious, tiny baby has exploded into a verifiable little person. While this miraculous growth can be shocking from a parental perspective, this year is full of adventures and new milestones for your child. As a parent, you are best equipped to interact with your 8-year-old when you understand what is happening developmentally.
As with most of the childhood years, this year is full of growth. Kids may want to push their bedtimes a bit later, but they still need a good eight to 10 hours of sleep (even though they make think otherwise). Nutrition is extremely important, as weight gain can occur from consuming excessive sugar and/or starches.
Accordingly, this is a great time to teach your child about making wise decisions regarding food. You'll probably notice that more advanced motor skills are surfacing, such as throwing, catching and other athletic movement. Overall, it's hard to deny the fact that your bundle of joy is exploding into his own person... one who may think he knows how life works.
You can't deny the explosion of an 8-year-old's social life. She understands the difference between friendships and acquaintances and is learning how to interact with each. Her activity calender is filling up quickly, which means more time commitments for you and more opportunity to relate to the outside world for her. Your child's maturity is evidenced by his ability to express opinions on a variety of topics, control emotions and recognize the difference between an internal dialog and an outward experience.
Dr. Robyn McKay, a therapist at Arizona State University and expert in child and adolescent development, provides the following tips for parents of 8-year-olds:
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