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School Age

Age 5-9 years

How did this happen? Your preschooler has somehow become a full-fledged elementary school student. It's easier in some ways -- they have so much more self control. They're more cooperative and affectionate.

But this is where things get complicated. You're just living your life, trying to hold a busy household together and get dinner on the table, while your child is shaping into the person he or she will become.

It may seem like you just finished toilet-training, but the tween years are right around the corner. Take advantage of these sweet, reasonable, elementary years while you still have so much influence on your child to build a close relationship, and help your child develop emotional intelligence and terrific self-management habits.

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Game Plan for Parenting Your Elementary Schooler

Your goal is to build a strong relationship with your child, providing a counter-balance to peer culture and a solid foundation to get you through the teen years.

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What does peaceful parenting look like with kids in the elementary school years? Regardless of the situation, here are the steps and some specific examples.

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Twelve Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to School

Many kids get the Back to School Jitters and need a little extra help adjusting to the start of school. Here are 12 tips that will help.

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Preparing Your Child for the New School Year

With a little bit of preparation and forethought you can enjoy the last weeks of summer and make those first weeks of school easier for everyone in your family.

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

The things your child needs to know before kindergarten are all things that he or she can learn easily in the course of daily life. Here's how to make that fun!

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