Your 7-year-old: Being a good sport

Your 7-year-old: Being a good sport

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Your 7-year-old now

Everybody likes to win. But when your child loses at a game now — and it's inevitable that he will — he's a much better sport about it. Seven-year-olds have a keener understanding of the concept that there are winners and losers, and people take turns at each. As your child becomes less rigid about inventing and sticking to rules, he becomes easier to play with, for grownups and peers alike.

Cheating and other deceits are not as prominent as they were just a year ago. You may also notice a general decline in lying and fibbing. Your child is better able to handle mistakes and losses.

Games that are more complicated appeal now, such as the old classics Mousetrap, Connect Four, and Monopoly. Even though digital versions of all these games exist, invest in the "old-fashioned" board versions. Physically manipulating game pieces and money helps your child learn better.

Your life now

Even if your child is reading pretty well on his own, don't give up on reading to him. It allows you to expose him to material that's slightly more challenging (it's easier to hear and comprehend big words and longer sentences than it is to read them yourself). And the shared time is still important.

So if reading has always been part of your bedtime ritual, stick with it. Or make time after school or on weekends.

Ideally, encourage your child to read a book to you, and then take a turn reading to him. Some kids are ready to hear longer series-type books, like Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. And they may enjoy illustrated classics, which feature complex stories with an illustration on every page to look at while you read, advancing comprehension.

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Watch the video: Being a Good Sport: Dealing with Losing (May 2022).


  1. Chevalier

    you can't name it anymore!

  2. Faenris

    Who knows

  3. Eblis

    Thanks for the interesting retrospective!

  4. Finneen

    It's not as easy as it seems

  5. Rodrigo

    remarkable, very amusing piece

  6. Grobar

    Commodity aftor, is there in better quality?

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