You may have noticed that your seventh grader is starting to care a lot about what everyone else is doing. They also care about what you’re doing, but mostly because it’s embarrassing them. Don’t let those eye rolls get you down, though – you’re figuring out what it looks like to parent an adolescent, and the social dynamics of the relationship you have with your seventh grader are changing. Just remember not to take it personally.
They care about what their friends are doing because they want to be with them. Your seventh graders often find themselves in the middle of a crowd — and it’s right where they want to be. Whether they’re on the way to the bathroom, going shopping with friends, or building their platform on social media, their favorite place to be is wherever everyone else is.
Most seventh graders are fixated on their present circumstances, too. They’ll forget things you said a few hours ago and while they care about their future, what they feel and think right now is often their highest motivator. Whenever you can, rather than trying to change their perspective, use it to your advantage and appeal to their present reality.
Parenting Your Seventh Grader by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner
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