They recognize their own strengths and weaknesses.
With a heightened focus on academic, athletic and social skills, children in third grade start to see where their skills rank among their peers. They talk about who is the smartest, who is the funniest, who is the most popular and who is the best athlete.
What you should do: Remind your child that a person’s worth isn’t tied to any one facet of their life, and look for opportunities to build confidence. If your child is struggling academically, calmly tell him where he should improve without putting too much pressure on him.