1. Learn to manage your allowance, and think of the best ways to use it.
2. Run in the sprinklers. And make sure at least one of your parents runs with you.
3. Take part in a march for peace. Or something else you believe in. I recommend making a colorful sign to march with.
4. Ride a roller coaster.
5. Play tag in the rain.
6. Watch tadpoles hatch into frogs.
7. Catch and eat your own fish.
8. Learn a bit about astronomy and observe the stars.
9. Go to one -- or more -- major-league ball games.
10. Read at least one chapter book from start to finish.
11. Suffer a major disappointment and learn to live with it.
12. Experiment to find out how many different ways you can squirt water out of your mouth.
13. Learn how to ride a bike. I'm talking a two-wheeler without training wheels and extra points for gears.
14. Travel to the moon. Nothing is impossible before you're 8.
15. Get exactly the haircut you want -- not the one your parents want.
16. Make a yarn pom-pom. It's very zen and very soothing.
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18. Make up a recipe, cook it, and name it. (Bad example: "Anchovy Peanut Butter Surprise.")
19. Write a song, then sing it for three people and one animal. It could be a stuffed animal. But they tend to be more critical than live ones are.
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.
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.
27. Learn to give a good handshake. No bone crushers or limp fish.
28. Hold the door for someone at the mall.
29. Clean up your own room.
30. Learn how to make lemonade -- from real lemons.
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.
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.
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.
42. Open a savings account.
43. When greeting an adult, learn to look him in the eye and introduce yourself.
44. Make sure you've had enough piggy-back rides.