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.
SheKnows TV gives you great tips on boosting your child's self-esteem.
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
SheKnows is making some changes!