The notion that “YOU ARE 8, and must ACT 8 is foreign to me”
You are 8, so you must hang out with 8 year olds.
At any rate I think most healthy kids yearn to be adults and most healthy adults reminisce over being a child.
This is the human condition
It’s hard to explain.
It must be lived.
Even babies don't like being babies. There is constant striving to master their world.
In our homeschool one of the most fascinating processes to watch was the children's’ play. They played **intensely** and often their projects extended over many months and a few projects continued over several years. Gradually, their intense play became their adult vocations and avocations.