Parenting Tips / 6 to 10 year-old

Chores

• Every child at this age should have “chores” they are accountable for before they have social time (TV, computer, friends, classes, etc.). Payment for chores is the privilege they receive socially.

Ask “Thinking” Questions

• Hold you child accountable for their choices.
• Ask them “What do you think should happen when you forget our agreements/rules?”

Sequential thinking and Problem Solving

Children at this age are capable of knowing the logical answer to more appropriate behavior. Engage them in conversations that teach thinking and problem solving skills.

Friends

• Try to never “correct” your child in front of their friends, it is embarrassing and humiliating for them. Call them to the side to speak to their inappropriate behavior.

Homework

• Do homework in the same spot each night.
• All homework materials needed should be in a box/desk so time is not wasted gathering things.
• Children should have a desk or work area that is private and quiet by the time they are 9.

Activities

• Activities can increase to 2 and not more than 3 days a week.

Sleep

• Children need 9 to 12 hours of sleep each night. Bedtimes can stay at 8:30 pm until they are 8 or 9 years old and then move to 9:00-9:30 pm.