Second Grade Social Development

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They put others down and call each other names.

If you thought the mean-spirited social atmosphere of first grade would subside, think again. Put-downs and name-calling are all too common in second grade. They’re a child’s best effort to communicate in the heat of the moment. Kids this age don’t express themselves well and rarely think of better ways to resolve their conflicts.

What you should do: When your child puts others down, ask him what he really meant to say. This should make him stop and think about what he actually wanted to accomplish, and he’ll figure out how to solve issues without resorting to insults.