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Your Seven-Year-Old: Life in a Minor Key Paperback – March 1, 1987
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About the Author
Carol Chase Haber is a school psychologist in the Hamilton County, Ohio, school system and is a trained and qualified Gesell Examiner. She is the co-author of several books, including He Hit Me First, Your Seven-Year-Old, Your Eight-Year-Old, and Your Nine-Year-Old.
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Top Customer Reviews
These are 'old' books (I'm one of the earliest of the baby boomers, though my child is now nearly 9), but they are still useful.
This book and all in the series are little paperbacks, quick to read. Our society has changed since they were written, so a bit of the book may seem dated if you don't like 'traditional roles. However, there is much good information and wisdom in here, unencumbered by the modern day concerns about ADD and such. In expensive, a good investment to ease a parent's mind. A nice gift from grandparents to their own children, and for young parents, just nice to have on the shelf for those days when we forget that kids behaviors and interests change as they grow up.
I had read most of the books in the series, but unfortunately skipped the last two. Silly me ! When my 7 year-old started to behave like a drama queen, moody and withdrawn, I thought he was suffering some crisis. After reading 10 pages, I was relieved to see this was completely normal behavior for his age. It seemed the book was describing my own son.
The main benefit of the book is not to give you a perfect formula on how to be a parent, but to ease your anxieties about your kid's behavior. Of course, after understanding the profile of the kid at this age, with some sensitivity, one can adapt its strategy to deal with the child better. For example, with an over sensitive, easily insulted 7 year-old, one should be careful not to joke or tease him too often, like you could do when he was 6.
I don't agree that the book is outdated. It is extremely easy to adapt the information to our days. If a child is too sensitive, don't let him watch a scary movie, for example. Don't talk to him about global warming. Come on, it is simple.
In summary, this is an excellent investment for your peace of mind. For one cent, this book is worth hundreds of dollars in therapist fees.
As my son's 7th birthday approached and I invited his friends to a party, a mom confided in me that she was worried about her son and thinking of taking him to a psychiatrist. I asked why and she described what I had read in this book - Your Seven-Year-Old. He was going through a phase of feeling frustrated and anxious because of the perfectionism that kicks in at this stage of development. I told her it sounded normal. She read this book and relaxed, and he's fine! That was years ago. Our sons are 21 now and in college.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book series. It always helps me to understand what is going on with my boy. It is worth to read even though it is a little outdated.Published 3 months ago by Blue Star
Both my husband and I read this together. The information in the book really helped us understand and relate to our 7 year old.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
We love these books. They aren't a parent-how-to book. These are general information to know what's happening on the inside of your child at their age. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LanairBaker
We have purchased these books every single year from 3 years to 7 years. We typically read them 3 mo before my son turns the next age. Read morePublished 10 months ago by High Expectations
My mom read these books for me 30 years ago, and now I'm reading them for my children. So far they are spot on, just like my mom always said they were for me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Army mommy
This book has been helpful for me as a parent. I appreciate much of the developmental knowledge that explains clearly why certain emotions, actions etc. are occurring at this age. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lucy