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Your 8-year-old now
Your child is gaining a sense of history as he works to wrap his mind around the idea that events don't take place in a vacuum: There's a past as well as a future. He's also gaining an understanding that other people have points of view completely separate from his.
Put these developments together and it's no surprise he may start taking an interest in family history. What he'll like best: His family history also stars him!
Some ways to involve your child in family history:
- Draw a simple family tree. This makes a great graphic explanation of how relatives tie together.
- Create a timeline of your child's life. What have been the main events so far? When did they fall? What were the big events in history at the same time? This helps him view his life on a continuum and also see that he's part of a bigger world.
- Record a grandparent's oral history. Brainstorm a list of questions together than you can ask: Where were you born? What was your favorite toy when you were a kid? What was your wedding like? (This can double as a great keepsake for your child to treasure as an adult.)
- Leaf through his baby book – and those of his siblings – together. Or get out some mementos of his birth: photos or copies of e-mail congratulations, first clothes, his hospital bracelet, and so on.
- Visit your childhood home and tell him stories of your childhood.
Your life now
Many a mom luxuriated in the bath during pregnancy – only to have lost the habit somewhere along the route to third grade. It's a habit worth recapturing. A leisurely soak soothes tense muscles and mental anxiety.
Scents can help, too. Chamomile and lavender, for example, have been shown to alter brain waves and induce relaxation. Vanilla can reduce anxiety. Save jasmine for a pick-me-up bath: It triggers alertness.
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