Fourth graders are learning the ins and outs of the social world. As they leave elementary school behind, they climb into the social whirlwind. They begin to recognize that “popular” is the most desirable status to have and usually work very hard to attain that status. A social network of friends is very important. Maintaining friendships at the same level is the tricky part for the fourth grader. A bff (best friend forever) today, may very well be the worst enemy on earth tomorrow. Sound scary? It still does to me!
What’s important is that you teach your child what’s right and wrong. They won’t always adhere to exactly what you teach, but they always keep it in the back of their mind. Learning to resolve conflict, is an important part of the fourth graders life. Staying in touch with how your child is progressing and feeling is very important. Talk with them and let them know you are always available, no matter what.