The Emerging Personality

Don't be sad if your child's personality is different than yours — it's a sign he's developing into his own person.

Your child will have a unique personality
Recently, at an adoption gathering, I noticed a friend standing on the sidelines, observing her six-year-old daughter interacting enthusiastically with the other children. "Look at Melissa," my friend said. "The life of the party! I've always been shy. We couldn't be more different." The issue of raising a child different from oneself is not unique to adoptive parents. In fact, all parents confront the issue, particularly as their children reach elementary school. Ages six to eight are years of emerging. ...

Six- to eight-year-olds begin to take on individual personalities — often different from those of their parents.

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