In this enthusiastic phase, everything likely sounds fun to your second grader. Second graders are often an “up-for-anything bunch” that is always ready to go. Your kid is finally getting comfortable with their level of independence, but don’t take that as an invitation to disengage. There’s a lot happening in this phase that you don’t want to miss as your second grader is growing up faster than you ever dreamed.
Your second grader is starting to notice that “not everyone is like me.” They notice that kids look and act different from one another in distinct ways. Their peers are wired differently and may pursue different types of interests. Your second grader may be recognizing that they aren’t the “best” at everything. It’s important to emphasize that it’s okay for people to be different.
In this unique phase, your child is a beautiful blend of capable and dependent. Kids aren’t especially needy, yet they are still kids. Your second grader is still impressionable, enthusiastic, eager, and excited about what you are excited about. If you can convince them that something is fun, they’ll jump into it wholeheartedly.
"Do I have what it takes?"
Your second grader wants to know they have what it takes to make the team, to get the grade, and to measure up to their own (and your) standards.
Participate with your child in a “stretch assignment” that requires grit, failure, and the building of resilience. The best option for your child is something that takes practice, aligns with their interests, and won’t be accomplished perfectly the first time.
Here are some ideas:
Parenting Your Second Grader by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner
Mindset by Carol Dweck
The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey
Resilient Children: 15 Little Opportunities to Grow Overcomers at Home
7 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Try New Things
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