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How should I talk to my school-age child?

School-age kids speak much like adults, with full sentences and great details. They seek out more information, and try to understand why things are the way they are. At this age, children begin to appreciate how they relate to others and recognize themselves in the social world. To encourage more you should have regular conversations with your child about their friends, their likes, and their dislikes. These discussions can help with problem solving and goal-setting. Teach your child to use language to manage conflicts with peers.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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