How to Help Your 7-Year-Old Reach Her Potential

Tuesday May 28, 2013

By Amy Morin

Raising a 7-year-old is an interesting time. They certainly aren't little kids anymore. However, they can't handle the responsibilities that come with being a big kid.

For parents, it can be hard to know how much freedom to give your child at this age. If you don't give your child enough freedom, you might stifle her growth. However, if you don't ever enough guidance, she won't learn. It really requires a pretty delicate balance.

Around the age of 7 is where you can really begin to notice differences in parenting styles. Some parents still give their 7-year-old constant reminders to do simple tasks, excuse misbehavior, and tolerate a lot of other immaturity.

On the other end of the spectrum are the parents who think that by the age of 7, kids are fairly independent. They might let their child ride their bike down a busy street without thinking twice. They assume their child knows everything she needs to know to be safe.

Of course, every child is different. While some 7 year olds might be mature enough to handle extra responsibility, the vast majority of them can't remember to brush their teeth.

I was struck by this story of a 7 year-old girl who raises money for charity. She sets up Lemonade stands and has earned hundreds of dollars for several different charities. That's impressive.

Your discipline strategies will make a big difference in how likely your child is to reach her full potential. Learn more about the most effective discipline strategies for 7 year olds.

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