Some time ago, I asked on The Parenting Passageway Facebook page if parents had specific ideas for posts they would like to see and there were two questions about the seven-year-old. So, in honor of those families with developmental questions, Fridays will be “Developmental Fridays”. I think it is always comforting to know that our whilst our children are individuals, each with his or her own destiny, the human life is one of stages where others have trod before (and other parents have made it through).
The first question was regarding seven year old girls and their friendships. This first thing I thought of was something veteran Waldorf Teacher Marsha Johnson shared some time ago on her list about the six/seven change and community. I hope you find this post to be a good read.
The second thing I thought of was was this post about peer relationships in the six to eight year old here. There are many great comments regarding different situations parents were dealing with on this post, so please do take the time to scroll through the comments!.
The second question asked had to deal with a seven year old transitioning to the “real world” – where things are not fair, why do people do hurtful things, why are things not as black and white as they seem….Well, as to the “gray” part of life, I do not think that gets fully differentiated until adolescence and beyond. Twelve year olds still live in a black and white world, which is why in the Waldorf Curriculum we work with charcoal drawing – to work with and see some of those shades of gray.
Seven is about growing up, and about learning rules. If a seven year old is in a Waldorf School, they may be learning how to be a learner in a grades classroom, and learning how to get along socially, and noticing things as they stand a bit apart from the “oneness” with the world (which I think sees hints now in some children and then it really comes to a head during the nine-year-change). I think being Continue reading