7 Mistakes Parents Make with Grade Schooler:

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
7 Mistakes Parents Make with Grade Schooler:
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 9:32am

Parents of children or tweens in elementary school certainly have their jobs cut out for them as they try to encourage healthy living and a positive self-image in their children. Throw in the first signs of puberty and some social and emotional bumps along the way, and it is easy to see that some mistakes are possible, if not inevitable.

Kids don’t come with an instruction manual, so how do you know if you are making a big mistake with your grade-school kids? Here are the top mistakes that parents of grade-schoolers make and how to avoid them.

1. Living in Denial About Extra Pounds

2. Not Watching What You Say (and How You Say It)

3. Not Practicing What You Preach

4. Waiting too long to Have 'The Talk'

5. Skipping Annual Check-ups

6. Missing the Red Flags of Bullying

7. Overscheduling Your Kids

Read more in depth here: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/parenting-mistakes-with-grade-school-age-kids


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-08-2011
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 1:55pm
My oldest is almost 11 and I'm finding it harder to be a parent as he gets older. There are so many other pressures and issues they start facing as they get older.

I think this is a really good list. I think the only thing I'd add to the list is not keeping the lines of communication open and flowing. It is so important to just talk to your kids and find out what is going on in their lives.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.~ Dr Seuss

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 2:00pm

Oh I so agree.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 1:37pm
Great list! I think one of the things I'm failing at is the fact that we have not had 'The Talk' yet with my oldest. He has some developmental delays so I'm just not sure if he's quite ready yet. However, I do worry about waiting too long. It's such a hard decision- I want my kids to have the knowledge they need without giving away too much information too early. KWIM?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 1:39pm
Oh, yes, communication is so important! It seems so simple too but it is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routines. I know I have to really remind myself to slow down and just talk to my kids- figure out what is on their minds, how things are going with school, how their friends and friendships are going, etc.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Thu, 08-04-2011 - 2:00pm

I totally understand!