Your 8-year-old: Preventing injuries

Your 8-year-old: Preventing injuries

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Your 8-year-old now

Your child is physically stronger and more confident than ever. His large muscles are well coordinated, so he can handle more complex activities such as gymnastic moves (cartwheels, forward rolls, flips), bike tricks (popping the front wheel, riding over curbs), complex jump-roping (such as double dutch), and accurate throwing and catching.

His small muscle groups are also dexterous, and he has good hand-eye coordination. This makes certain tasks a breeze, such as stringing beads, pouring liquids, working with stencils, and playing with very small toys.

Yet for all this coordination, young children often fall and scrape knees, twist muscles, and break bones. What gives?

Although your child's body is sure and capable, his brain's centers of self-control and judgment aren't yet fully developed. (And won't be until he's in his early 20s!)

This means kids often take risks that lead to accidents. Or they may misjudge, say, the sturdiness of a board ramp set up for a bike maneuver, or the wisdom of imitating a skateboard move seen on a cartoon show.

Kids, especially boys, like to roughhouse, too. Some developmentalists see a primal connection in this behavior. It may be how young humans develop muscles, strength, and coordination, just as some wild species' young do.

You can't protect your child from all danger. Provide reasonable safety measures (helmets, padding for appropriate sports) and keep a general eye on play.

But hovering has its downside, too. It can make kids tentative or prone to bursting out into wilder play when grown-ups aren't around. Keep a first-aid kit around and cross your fingers.

Your life now

Praise is important for kids to hear. But actions often speak louder than words. Being involved in your child's life and activities and being present to answer questions and resolve issues show attention and responsiveness that's even more powerful than a tossed-off "Good job!"

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