Grade Schooler

Don't be afraid to discipline.  Your daughter can still be "Daddy's little girl" while sticking to the rules.

Don’t worry about they’re clothes choices (within some amount of reason).  If they want to wear neon yellow socks and blue shorts, let them.  This is an extension of their personality and allows them to make choices. Only caution is with girls and ensuring their skirts and tops stay appropriate and best represent your daughter.

Setting clear limits, i.e. expectations and consequences in the long run will help your kids learn how to set boundaries when they’re older.

Your kids will try to wear you down with the same questions over and over and over in order to get their way.  Stick to your guns.

Take a cooking class. As they get older, the nutritional needs of girls differ from boys. You'll need to find creative ways to make sure she gets enough calcium and iron.



By far the most common and tragic event is when a child drowns.  You can read the facts:

I learned to swim at an early age...I mean I grew up on an island going to the beach or a pool everyday in the summer.  I signed my son up for a swimming course at the JCC; the course was not that great and they soon replaced the instructor and improved it a lot.  However I did learn via youtube and from others how to teach my son to kick and to push off the wall with his feet.  One of the scariest moves was taking him by the chin and just moving his head while his feet and stomach rise and directing him by his head on his back.  The techniques worked and through repetition and practicing (with a noodle) every other weekend my son was able to swim on his own. The experience gave him confidence in camp being the only kid that could swim and a favorite activity for both of us.  Because of the importance of safety most community centers offer very cheap lessons and afterward you continue practicing with your child for an hour a weekend, you both get exercise and have fun.