Third grade is a year of beautiful discovery and soul-shaping challenges. Third graders often have a naturally optimistic outlook, which is helpful in a year when they face educational challenges.
One of the best things about third graders is their understanding of right and wrong. Fairness matters. Your third grader is still very much a concrete thinker, seeing rules and infractions as black and white. They are eager to know what is right, yet they typically still believe what you say is true. These are great opportunities to instill important family values.
You have a great opportunity to cultivate a sense of responsibility in your child. One of the best ways to make a kid responsible is to give them something significant to own themselves.
Your third grader gets to begin developing their work ethic as they make a difference in this world. As you do chores and schoolwork, you can talk about the value of hard work and how good it feels to see what you’ve done. Look for ways to shape their character as you go about doing things that make a difference.
“Do my actions affect others?”
As your third grader shifts their self-focus toward becoming more socially aware, they begin recognizing the consequences of actions and decisions and how that impacts other people.
Give your child increased responsibility in the following areas:
Parenting Your Third Grader by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch
Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma
Smart Money, Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze
Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas
How to Raise Financially Responsible Kids
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