How to Keep Your Kids From Growing Up Too Fast

Keep 'Em Close

Luckily, most 7- and 8-year-olds still love spending time with their parents, so capitalize on this while you can. Plan fun activities like family game nights (break out the board games, not just the Xbox or other tech gadgets) and spend a few extra minutes each night tucking in your not-so-little -- but still not-so-big! -- kid, so you can discuss any worries or problems he may be feeling. You can prepare for the challenges of the teen years by laying the groundwork for solid communications and reasonable boundaries now.

Originally published in the August 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

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