(HealthDay News) — Middle childhood often comes with big changes as children prepare to enter middle school or junior high school.

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Children form complex friendships, experience peer pressure and become more aware of their body, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Parents can help their child by:

  • Spending time with your child.
  • Being involved with your child’s school.
  • Encouraging your child to join groups or teams.
  • Helping your child develop a sense of responsibility.
  • Making time to discuss puberty and emotional changes.

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