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Brush up on pop culture together.

What you can do

Help your child develop a list of “hot topics” that are likely to come up during conversations with peers. These topics include new movies, books, popular TV shows, bands and video games, local sports teams and young celebrities.

What you can say

“Sofia, what do kids your age talk about these days? I have an idea—let’s pick up a magazine like Girls’ Life or Popstar to help us get some ideas about today’s hot topics. I’ll bet lots of kids read those magazines. I bet there are also some good websites that give kids lots to talk about.”

Why this will help

Brushing up on pop culture can help expand your child’s social opportunities. The more she knows about the things other kids are talking about, the more comfortable she’ll feel initiating conversations or joining group discussions.

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