Learning Guide: Seventh Grade
6 Ways You Can Help
- Give your child a safe outlet for venting anger (a sports class, a journal, even a punching bag). Let her tell you which she prefers. If you can't talk to her when she is upset or you sense you're becoming too caught up in her troubles, help guide her to a special adult she can confide in -- a grandparent or other relative, church official, neighbor.
- If you feel comfortable with your neighborhood, this is the year to send your child off to the store by herself with a short list of groceries. Trust her to purchase what's needed and bring home correct change.
- Offer her the chance to take extracurricular classes to perfect a sport she likes or refine a musical, artistic or writing talent. For ideas check out your local YM- and YWCA, boys and girls clubs, public library, school, recreation department, church or synagogue.
- Encourage her to read by finding books on subjects she is interested in, material that is relevant to what is going on in her life. Make family night at the library a weekly event.
- Use humor whenever possible to relieve the family stress that is inevitable at this time. Laugh at yourself to help your child see that the rough times she may be going through won't last forever.
- Pay attention to the technology in your child's world: Surf the web together; ask her opinion about new electronic gadgets; participate in activities that help you understand school technology.
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