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Your 8-year-old now
Computer games have become the go-to amusement for 21st-century kids. But other types of playthings are useful to have on hand, too:
- Craft kits, science kits. Eight-year-olds enjoy creating and building. Kits that allow them to make things – art projects, dioramas, and experiments – satisfy this need and also tune fine-motor skills.
- Board games and card games. Electronic versions of all the classics exist, but the actual board game provides a satisfying hands-on experience for your child. She can count money, quibble over rules, and enjoy the tactile sensations of the games.
- Sports equipment. Don't just get the gear for a particular team sport. Make a variety of options available, including inline skates, balls for different sports, a jump rope, a scooter, and a skateboard. Don't forget a bike and helmet.
- Art supplies. Create a workstation in your home where paper, pencils, crayons, and scissors are always available. Add new supplies from time to time. Don't forget things like play clay, tracing paper, and stencils.
- Books. Not technically playthings, they nevertheless can transport your child to great adventures and help her spend hours of fun.
Your life now
As many as half of 8-year-old girls have dieted, researchers say. What's up with that? Kids watch their parents' every move. If you talk about dieting and appearance often, weigh yourself in front of your child, and restrict food, your child is more likely to follow suit. The problem with that is that at her age, she's growing so fast and expending so much energy that dieting can lead to malnutrition.
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