My eight year old tends to brag. Maybe all eight year olds do this to a certain extent, but I would like to teach him to be more modest about his achievements. He's a sweet child, but the bragging is just not at all becoming, and I worry that if he does this with other kids they won't like him.
For example, we're at the dentist. The hygenist is cleaning his teeth and asks him what grade he's in. He tells her he's homeschooled. She asks what level he's at, first grade? My son tells her that he's probably much much higher than that. She didn't seem to mind, but he came across as slightly rude, although what he said is completely true.
He seems obsessed with levels - always asking me what grade level different activities are. He wants to know if he is ahead of the average child, and how far ahead, etc. I try to play this stuff down, but it is definitely important to him.
Should I just tell him straight out that he should downplay his "level" to other people, or that it is not polite to purposely let someone know that he is smart?
Do other parents deal with this issue?