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Your 7-year-old now
Hooray! Another big year is making way for an even bigger year ahead! By now, you've gained a pretty clear picture of your child's personality, interests, strengths, and weaknesses. Her basic character is pretty well formed; all the benefits you bestow on her from here on are icing on the cake.
In the coming year you can look forward to increased self-discipline and independence. Your child will be able to initiate and complete homework on her own most days, plan her clothing, find her shoes, even pour a bowl of cereal and milk for breakfast. She'll still need adult guidance and supervision on all these things, of course. Enjoy it while it lasts — eight is fast becoming the end of early childhood, now that some marketers are counting nines as "preteens."
Your life now
Don't forget to record something about your child's big milestone. It might be an entry in the baby book you've kept up all these years or new pages in the photo album.
Write a letter for your child to open ten years from now when adulthood officially begins. Describe all the things you love about your son or daughter and all the things that bring you joy and pride now. It'll be a wonderful keepsake for you both when your child is all grown up.
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