Seven-Year Touchpoint: Self-control

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Seven-Year Touchpoint: Self-control

By seven years of age, it is time for children to really have it together. Sometimes this is called the "Age of Reason". And what really comes down to is a new level of self control. younger children can be expected to be impulsive, to have trouble sitting still, to burst angrily when they frustrated. But by 7 years of age, we really expect that they can sit still, they can pay attention for a prolong periods of time. And when get things don't get their way/go their way, they can settle themselves down without lashing out, without becoming aggressive. And for many 7 year old's they are right there and this is the way they look. And for some 7 year old they are still struggling with this. So if you are worried that your child is easily frustrated, not able to sit still and focus and sustain their attention to be able to fulfill these expectations, it's probably time to talk to your child's pediatrician to see if some help is needed.

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Joshua Sparrow, MD

Child Psychiatrist & Author

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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