Third Grade Social Development

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They want exclusive groups of friends.

Third graders want to form valuable relationships with their closest friends, and they begin to separating themselves from non-friends. They begin to categorize different groups based on gender and interests, and they may use words like “geeks” or “nerds” to describe peers who aren’t in their group.

What you should do: Support your child’s friendships. Meet the parents of his friends and organize playdates. Remind your kid, however, to also be a good classmate and allow new friends into his social circle.