Seventh Grade: Challenges

Things at home can really start to change once your child begins puberty. Your teenager could seem like a stranger; you may have to start a new relationship with him. To make things even more difficult, his changing sense of identity can make it tough to predict how he'll respond at any given moment.

In a typical year, about 1 million teenagers run away from home, and they're usually between the ages of 11 and 15.

Sixty percent of boys try chewing tobacco by age 11 or 12, and 7 percent use it daily. The average reported usage - three to five dips of chewing tobacco per day - contains as much nicotine as 10 to 13 cigarettes. Smokers who stick with their habit usually light up for the first time around age 12.

Middle school academic work is significantly different from that of elementary school. Homework is certainly more of a factor, as is test-taking. The grades she receives on quizzes and tests will be factored into her "average," without as much of a chance for things like class participation to help boost her overall grade.

Development Tracker
-- Social Skills
-- Language Skills
-- Physical Changes
-- Emotional Changes
-- Challenges
-- How to Help


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