Upper Elementary

At this age, safety oftentimes becomes a battle. Some children at this age start taking risks for excitement.  They will do things you told them not to, but they will be sneaky about it.  Most of the time there‚Äôs no malice, just curiosity.  If you have built a trusting and respectful relationship with them you will have an easier time. 

Now is when you start getting the grey hairs.  

They want more independence.  Their sports, hobbies, and entertainment become more expensive, possibly than you can afford.  You have to balance finances, safety and control against exploration and maturation.  You are not relinquishing responsibility, so choose carefully. 

 This page was authored by Dr. James C. Montgomery MD FAAP.