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The Great (and Not So Great) Eight!

Every parent knows that each age and stage of child development presents new and uncharted territory. For Eight this is a time of multiple transitions. Eight is when your child quickly seems to be well on their way to becoming a unique individual with their own social group and interests. With Eight’s curiosity in figuring things out for themselves and near-constant energy, parents can get burned out! Eight wants nothing more than to please those around them and be accepted. They will be driven by their social groups and peers and have new found interest in connecting and playing with those peers. Invitations to play dates seem like a life or death matter! Parents may feel out of the loop and confused often, however Eight still needs you so much, if not more, than they need their friends. Eight looks to you for connection right now but is also becoming aware that you have your own work/life to attend to. Parents of Eight need to stay engaged, provide outlets for that constant energy and be aware of their child’s ability to navigate the social world both in real life and online. Being able to answer those complex questions often from the back seat is expected parenting for Eight.

Eight is a social butterfly! They are curious about people and love to learn and socialize at the

same time. Eight evaluates the behaviors of others, but is most critical of their own behaviors as they are developing a sense of self esteem in comparison to those around them. Eight craves praise, encouragement, and parental approval; they want to know what others