A Typical Third Grader

This article describes what experts define as typical behavior for an eight-year-old.

Where They Are
The average eight-year-old is explosive, excitable, dramatic, and inquisitive. She:

  • Possesses a "know-it-all" attitude.
  • Is able to assume some responsibility for her actions.
  • Actively seeks praise.
  • May undertake more than she can handle successfully.
  • Is self-critical.
  • Recognizes the needs of others.

    Where They're Going
    At eight years old, your child is learning how to set goals and understand the consequences of his behavior. You can help by encouraging him as he:

  • Explores the relationships of feelings, goals, and behavior.
  • Learns about choices and consequences.
  • Begins setting goals.
  • Becomes more responsible.
  • Learns how to work with others.

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