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We are thinking of retaining our son in the 7th grade.
#1 Academically he is a strong student but as time catches up to him it becomes harder for him. He is talking about feeling "pressure" in school. This is because so many kids are older than him and there is a lot of competition.
He is insecure about his size (first thing registering him in school was everyone is bigger than me…I’m small and need to eat more) - Birth Date…being younger for his grade level, not emotionally ready...Feeling pressured…
Kids teasing him and him not being able to take it. He's sensitive. Strives for attention to fit in.
Maturity level compared to friends (can’t hang)
He is a competitive football player. We want him to have every advantage. An athletic scholarship in college.
Another year would allow him to grow and get stronger. He is not losing a year of his life, he is gaining another year of childhood.