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School Age

Age 5-9 years

How did this happen? Your preschooler has somehow become a full-fledged elementary school student. It's easier in some ways -- they have so much more self control. They're more cooperative and affectionate.

But this is where things get complicated. You're just living your life, trying to hold a busy household together and get dinner on the table, while your child is shaping into the person he or she will become.

It may seem like you just finished toilet-training, but the tween years are right around the corner. Take advantage of these sweet, reasonable, elementary years while you still have so much influence on your child to build a close relationship, and help your child develop emotional intelligence and terrific self-management habits.


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Game Plan for Parenting Your Elementary Schooler

Your goal is to build a strong relationship with your child, providing a counter-balance to peer culture and a solid foundation to get you through the teen years.

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Peaceful Parenting Examples Age 7 - 11

So what does peaceful parenting look like with kids in the elementary school years? Regardless of the situation, here are the steps and some specific examples.

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Twelve Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to School

It's not unusual for kids to need a little extra help adjusting to the start of school. Here are 12 tips that will help.

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Preparing Your Child for the New School Year

With a little bit of preparation and forethought you can enjoy the last weeks of summer and make those first weeks of school easier for everyone.

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Making learning fun is what will help your child be ready to learn when they get to kindergarten.

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