And to think that at least two people I read are now blogging ‘every day in May’. It’s now May bank holiday and I still have to write about Easter, when Cat and Josh stayed over at The House of The
Selves Selfs and Cat masterminded an incredible Sunday roast.
Also in April: a family afternoon on Knettishall Heath (who knew it had a silent K?) with Julie, Kieron and Daisy, a visit from Daryl with the requisite Indian takeaway, and this blog’s birthday At 9 years old, this means it’s reached the next level of child development:
Children of this age develop a sense of self and find it important to gain social acceptance and experience achievement. Friends become increasingly important. Secret codes, shared word meanings and made up languages, passwords and elaborate rituals are important ways to strengthen the bonds of friendship. Close friends are almost always of the same sex, although children in this age group are usually increasingly interested in peers of the opposite sex.
Be prepared to use all your “patience” skills if caring for children this age, as they tend to think that they do not need any adult care or supervision. Yet, when they are left to care for themselves, they are lonely, unhappy, and sometimes frightened.
Secret codes and elaborate rituals, eh?