“Middle childhood brings many changes in a child’s life… This is a critical time for children to develop confidence in all areas of life, such as through friends, schoolwork, and sports.” Children in this stage will be developing emotionally, socially, and cognitively by thinking about the future, wanting to be accepted by peers, have less focus on self and more focus on others, and learn better ways to express themselves. Try these things at home with your child for positive parenting: have family fun time, make clear and specific rules, praise and show affection, develop responsibilities through chores, and encourage problem solving. Read on for more tips on positive parenting, safety, and promoting healthy bodies.