44 Things Every Kid Should Do Before Turning 8

Hug, Eavesdrop, and Start a Collection

Ice Cream Creator Ben Cohen

20. Raise money for something or someone you care about.

21. Befriend a kid whom others are making fun of. Jerry and I were both fat, nerdy kids.

22. Realize your parents are just some old kids trying to act grown up.

Skateboard Superstar Tony Hawk

23. Learn how to pour a bowl of cereal and turn on the TV. (So your parents can sleep an extra 30 minutes on weekends.)

24. Realize that you should never outgrow hugging your parents.

25. Figure out how to tell a joke that doesn't involve poo, pee, or butts.

26. Discover that bleeding owies can make you look tough even though they hurt briefly.

Manners Maven Peggy Post

27. Learn to give a good handshake. No bone crushers or limp fish.

28. Hold the door for someone at the mall.

Basketball Star Allan Houston

29. Clean up your own room.

30. Learn how to make lemonade -- from real lemons.

Best-Selling Author Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket

31. Experience the strange and wonderful feeling of wandering around one's house alone, very late at night.

32. Break up a fight between two younger children.

33. Find the perfect hiding place in your bedroom for a secret object. This might not be so handy at age 8 but will be very important later, so it's best to find it now.

34. Eavesdrop and take notes. Tip: Pressing the rim of an empty glass against the wall will help you hear what is going on in the neighboring room.

Food-Network Star Guy Fieri

35. Start a collection of something. It could be anything -- model cars, baseball cards, sand from different areas.

36. Try at least five different types of food -- Chinese, Greek, Mexican -- you pick the other two.

37. Make a good paper airplane. Then fly it 20 feet or more.

Pediatrician Extraordinaire Harvey Karp

38. Read a newspaper with a parent.

39. Look through a microscope and a telescope.

40. Help serve or deliver food to the needy on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

TLC Host Karen Duffy

41. Hand-write thank-you notes for birthday and holiday gifts.

42. Open a savings account.

43. When greeting an adult, learn to look him in the eye and introduce yourself.

Cool Kid Grace Lee-Niosi

44. Make sure you've had enough piggy-back rides.

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