Milestones and tips for 8-year-old girls

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Milestones and tips for 8-year-old girls

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Eight year olds are trying to create a coherent picture of reality. They really care about what is real and what isn't real. They are drawn to authoritative sources of information, like their teachers, books, the internet, and you, as a parent. Eight year olds tend to live in their bodies and enjoy a lot of physical activity. The ways that you can connect with your eight year old daughter is to teach her something. Share with her something that you like to do, whether it is cake decorating or book binding. Do physical things with her that you both can enjoy together. Teach her what you like to do, whether it's skiing or kayaking. One of the things you can enjoy with your eight year old is you can create some mother/daughter traditions that you can take right on through her growing up years. Eight is a great year to start a mother/daughter group because eight year olds tend to become friends with just about anybody. It's an easy time to bring a group together.

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SuEllen Hamkins, MD

Psychiatrist & Author

SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist, author and founding member of the Mother-Daughter Project, a community of women and girls that developed powerful, practical ways to help mothers and daughters stay connected and thrive through adolescence. Co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence, Dr. Hamkins has given numerous presentations for parents and psychotherapists around the world, focusing on mothers, daughters, their relationships and the kinds of communities that nurture them.  As the psychiatrist for the Smith College Counseling Service from 1992-2004, SuEllen offered consultation to over a thousand women ages 16 to 23 to help them resist and overcome problems such as anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety, trauma, assault, and self-injury.  In addition to her work on behalf of mothers and daughters, as the Assistant Director for Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she has been instrumental in developing strengths-based, narrative approaches to psychotherapy and psychiatric practice, helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of serious difficulties.  SuEllen is the mother of two daughters, now 17 and 22, and raising them has been the most thrilling and rewarding work of her life. She lives with her husband and younger daughter in western Massachusetts, where they love to swim outdoors, cross country ski, shoe snow, dance, cook and lounge around in the living room, reading. 

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