To my 8 year old son,
I am realizing that being 8 years old isn’t easy and it may be an important age in a lot of ways. I guess every year is important in its own way, but the year than spans between 8 and 9 comes with more awareness than you’ve had before and you are now discovering more conflict outside of your control.
I know you are struggling to figure out how things work and how to have relationships with your peers, explore life, have fun, get as much as you want and (occasionally) follow the rules set out for you. You are realizing that other kids and adults are different and their personalities and behaviors are outside of your control. You are seeing that you can’t set your own rules for the universe and that as right as you think you are about everything, you may come across (many) people who don’t follow along.read more