Fifth Grade: Social and Emotional Articles
Expert advice from a school psychologist on how parents can better understand their fifth grader.
Parents begin nurturing their children's self-esteem at birth, and it ebbs and flows over time. Still, fifth grade is a great stage to focus on self-esteem.
By fifth grade, your child is likely to be a lean, mean, social machine, and I mean mean. It's a matter of survival. Now is the time when teasing and gossiping take center stage in the social arena, as children's social instincts become sharp as a whip and entirely ego-centric.
Your fifth grader comes in from school, runs up the stairs and slams his door shut. He's mad because his best friend called him a name behind his back. At this age, your child's social life is increasingly complex and sophisticated. And a handful of manners can go a long way.
Are you and your fifth grader having a hard time coming to an agreement? Is he indecisive? Does he drag his feet or just refuse to agree with anything you say? Then now is the time to add the tie-down strategy to your talks.