Seventh Grade: How to Help

Seventh Grade • If your child shows an interest in a particular subject, give her a gift subscription to a magazine on that subject for her very own. Kids this age love to get mail, and it will foster her reading habit.

• Ask him to figure out any percentages, fractions or decimals you encounter while shopping together: sale items, tax, or how much your gas should total. Not only will it allow him to show off his ability to do such computations in his head, he will also learn how much things cost.

• Allow her to spend a good deal of private time with her close friends. If you to plan an activity for them to do together, once they're engaged in the activity, slowly remove yourself from the situation. She's learning a lot from these friendships and could probably use your help to foster them.

• If you discuss the consequences of risky teen behavior - smoking cigarettes, having sex, drinking alcohol - bear in mind that he won't be very receptive to conversations of events that seem far off and unlikely to him. For instance, warning him that smoking could result in lung cancer probably won't make much of an impact. Instead, talk about the unsavory smell of stale smoke on his clothes, nicotine stains on his teeth or the impression his smoking would give to a respected adult.

• Try to reassure him that he is, despite everything he suspects, normal but also unique. Giving him the impression that he is "exactly like everyone else" or downplaying his concerns could backfire and cause him to think he's nothing special or that you don't care about an issue that is plaguing him.


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