Eighth Grade: Challenges

Eighth Grade • 6 million teenagers are sexually active by age 15 - probably your child's next birthday. Their reasons for having sex, according to a Planned Parenthood poll: peer pressure, 34 percent of girls, 26 percent of boys; sexual gratification, 0 percent of girls, 11 percent of boys; love, 11 percent of girls, 6 percent of boys.

• Your child may start to be more openly rebellious and rude to his parents in particular, but it will probably be relatively immature rebellion: telling you he will clean up his room, then not doing it, for instance.

• Her moral rigor will cause your teenager to test every belief you hold sacred, including those about sex, drinking, drugs, politics, manners and money.

• Schools often track kids according to their perceived academic ability; if your child doesn't make it to the class for the "smart" students, he may take that as an indication that he shouldn't even try to succeed in school.

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