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Old 09-23-2012, 01:38 PM   #4
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Re: What's up with my kid (7yr old)

In Waldorf circles, there's a lot of emphasis on the 7 year change, which can begin anywhere from 5.5 to 7 years old; basically, it's like a first adolescence -- lots of developmental changes all at once, making kids irritable, clingy, boundary-testing, etc. to a huge degree. Some things that may help: lots and lots of physical outlets for big energy burn; more responsibilities at home to mark him as a "big person" especially in contrast to younger siblings; space to feel his emotions and gentle, yet firm boundaries and expectations.

This page has some information on dealing with the seven-year change from a waldorf perspective.
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