Eighth Grade: How to Help

Eighth Grade • Encourage him to read books or rent videos that pertain to his life stage, then try casually talking to him about the parallels - or lack thereof - he noticed between it and his experiences. The more open-minded you appear, the more he's likely to reveal to you; you could be providing him with the opportunity to tell you something he's been wanting to.

• Help her come down to earth by encouraging her to get a part-time job or summer internship or to volunteer for a local organization. Being exposed to the "real world" may give her a foothold out of her myopia and show her that life doesn't end after high school.

• Give him choices about the family occasions you ask him to attend: Allow him to decide where he gets to sit (the "kids table" is never a happy place for a 14-year-old), what he eats and what he wears. By giving him a sense of control over his personal preferences, he won't feel as coerced into joining you at the event.

• You may want to consider giving her an allowance for personal hygiene products: She might not want to tell you which brand of tampons or pads she prefers, for instance, or hear you complain about how many hair products she uses. If you give her a set monetary limit, however, you know that she isn't going overboard, and she gets to protect her privacy.

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