JJ is 8 going on 68, really, this is a boy whose favourite TV programme is currently watchdog and who polices the streets when he sees someone acting inappropriately. They drop litter and he wants to reprimand them. Yes, very good intentions but we do have to reign him in and remind him that not everyone is receptive to his forward ways. There has been many a time that I have worried that some thug may take exception to him and offer him some advice of their own but with their fists.
I was pondering earlier today what is age appropriate for an 8 year old. He will be 9 in October and in most ways seems quite mature but I do not have much to compare him to, so it is always good to gain some more perspectives on what other parents 8 year olds are doing.
So what do you allow your 8 year old to do? I wonder if I am being over protective, I have not allowed JJ to make a cup of tea nor cook toast yet. I know he has done toast before though when dh has been looking after them. He also cooks with dh sometimes and has proved himself trustworthy with a frying pan. He wants to start having packed lunches and I am tempted to say he can if he makes his own lunch the night before. Too much or OK with supervision?