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parenting question regarding growth spurts

My son (8) is very obviously going through a growth spurt. Between clothes and food, I may have to sell the house. Here's the question: do growth spurts affect mentality? He's usually pretty smart but right now he's dumb as a brick! He just subtracted 120 from 133 and got 10. I had to ask him five times if he got the answer right before I shoved it in his face and asked him wht is 3 minus 0. This is just one example. He just got his report card and he went down in being able to focus and pay attention along with talking when he's supposed to be listening. I'm hoping it's just a phase. What is your experience with this?

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I never noticed a connection with a growth spurt relating to decreased attention with my 3 grown boys. However I did notice a decrease in focus at that age in all 3. Let me tell you a story. My oldest received a report from his third grade teacher that he would never result in anything because he would not follow directions. That son graduated from Princeton and is working on Wallstreet. For him we noticed that extra exercise allowed him to concentrate better in school. We also started him cooking so that he had to eat the directions (recipe) he followed.

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We also started him cooking so that he had to eat the directions (recipe) he followed.
What a clever idea!

I didn't notice in particular problems being linked with growth spurts, but it sure makes sense that there might be!

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My two girls have gone through some stuff developmentally like that. It happened a little later-more like age 10 though. I remember my older one's teacher reassuring me that it was normal. She told me the organized kids suddenly can't keep anything straight and stuff like that. Kids grow in lots of different ways!

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Yep, happens here as well. My 12 yr old is almost over it. But, we went through a couple yrs where when you asked him to go get a towel out of the bathroom. He'd come back with a glass of water, then say "what was I suppose to get??". Totally crazy stuff like that.
My 10 yr old is in the GT (giftend and talented) program at school. But, he started doing some stuff last yr that keeps us in stiches. Halfway through dinner, looking for his fork. Um, it's in your hand bright guy! Had him help me groom the dogs one day. Handed him the hairdryer, while I brushed. Said "just blow right here". So, what does he do?? Blows on Daisy's head...with his mouth. Let's see..there was the night we were playing cards, and we were trying to show him how to hold his fanned out. So he coudl see 'em better. Dh took them, upside down so he couldn't see his cards. Fanned them out, and handed them back. The kid took them..upside down still. Never bothered to turn them the right way so he could SEE them. Then tried to play
The list goes on and on.
So, yep..normal.

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