Child Growth Stages: 5-6 Years

Here are some helpful tips for your child's growth and development at 5 - 6 years of age that will guide you in your child's development. Here's how you can interact with him and encourage proper development:

Healthy Teeth:

  • Help your child brush his teeth twice a day
  • Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride
  • Help your child floss her teeth once a day
  • Your child should visit the dentist at least twice a year

Ready for School:

  • Take your child to see the school and meet the teacher
  • Read books with your child about starting school
  • Talk to your child about school

Your Child and Family:

  • Give your child chores to do and expect them to be done
  • Have family routines
  • Hug and praise your child
  • Teach your child what is right and what is wrong
  • Help your child to do things for herself
  • Help your child deal with anger - teach your child to walk away when angry or go somewhere else to play

Staying Healthy:

  • Eat breakfast
  • Buy fat-free milk and low-fat dairy foods, and encourage 3 servings each day
  • Limit candy, soft drinks, and high-fat foods
  • Offer 5 servings of vegetables and fruits at meals and for snacks every day
  • Limit TV time to 2 hours a day
  • Do not have a TV in your child's bedroom
  • Make sure your child is active for 1 hour or more daily

Safety:

  • Your child should always ride in the back seat and use a car safety seat or booster seat
  • Teach your child to swim
  • Use sunscreen when outside
  • Provide a good-fitting helmet and safety gear for biking, skating, skiing, snowboarding, and horseback riding
  • Have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your house
  • Teach your child how to cross the street safely. Children are not ready to cross the street alone until age 10 or older
  • Teach your child about bus safety

(Source: These tips are from Bright Futures)

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