My niece will be 8 in July and I'm curious if these behaviors are normal for her age group. She doesn't quite get personal space. Yesterday she wiped her sweat on a family friend (who is 14) and kept sticking her feet on her. They went to a birthday party at a pizza place with a big playarea (without my parents, my brother or I, whom are all caregivers) and the 14 year said she was running around acting like a horse and spitting. My worry is that other kids will find her weird and not want to be her friend. My cousin has girls that are 8, 10 and 14 and they have sleepovers but I worry that if she keeps up behaviors like this (I don't know how bad it is when she's with them) that they won't invite her over any longer and she'll feel more isolated. When I was growing up, I didn't act out like this and even still my cousins didn't want me around (I was rarely invited to sleep overs or outtings) and it effected me socially and I just don't want that to happen to my niece.
So my second question is, if it's not normal or something she'll outgrow before harm is done, do I point out the behaviors and potentially effect her self esteem or do I not point them out and find out later she gets bullied or harassed and it effect her self esteem anyways?View Thread