Seven has been a hard age not only for Mommy and Daddy, but for Ellie too. What was cute, funny and endearing at 4 and 5 can be annoying and inappropriate at 7. Let’s face it, kids hit a certain age and the baby cuteness wears off. It can be hard for a 7 year old to understand what she did 2 years ago is not longer cute, but is now annoying.
Even harder is learning to socialize with other kids their age without parents looking over their shoulder all the time. No longer are we there to point out when they’re not being nice or that they need to share. They now have to learn handle conflict on their own. This also means dealing with the occasional mean girl, not so nice comments, and learning to make the right choice on their own.
One of the best ways to deal with these freedoms and choices is to write about it! Every week we’ll give you a journaling prompt for your daughter. I’m hoping that this will give your daughter a chance to start a journal for herself and give you both a great conversation starter.
Have your child start a journal, either in a notebook or on the computer. Encourage them to write in it every night, but save Monday night for the prompt. Give them our journaling prompt and after she’s done writing sit down with her and discuss what they have journaled. It’s a great way to encourage good choices and help them learn to deal with their new independence.
Let’s start with something easy this week…
Why oh why does this stage seem so much harder for young girls? Don’t get me wrong, it may just feel that way to me because I have no experience with 7 year old boys. I’ll be reading ooph.com when Zach get to that point. For now dealing with a 7 year old girl is enough for me.
Oh and Parents, don’t be afraid to do this with them! Good luck! I’d love to hear how it goes!