5 to 6 Year Visit from Bright Futures Edited By Mark M Simonian MD

Healthy Teeth
1. Help your child brush his or her teeth twice a day after breakfast and dinner with a pea-sized amount of fluoride tooth paste
2. Help you child floss their teeth twice a day
3. Your child should visit twice a year for regular exams

Ready for School 
1. Take our child to school to meet the teacher
2. Read books with your child about starting school
3. Make sure your child is in a safe place with an adult after school
4. Talk with your child daily every day about things he or she likes, any worries, and if anyone is being mean to her or him

Your Child and Family
1. Give youir child chores to do and expect them to get done
2. Have family routines
3. Hug and praise your child
4. Teach your child what is right and what is wrong
5. Help your child do things for himself or herself
6. Children learn more from discipline than punishment
7. Help your child deal with anger
8. Teach your child to walk away when angry or go somewhere else to play

Stay Healthy
1. Eat breakfast
2. Buy fat free or low fat dairy products, and encourage 3 servings a day
3. Limit candy, soft drinks and high fat foods
4. Offer 5 servings or fruits and vegetables at meals and snacks each day
5. Limit TV time to 2 hours a days
6. Do not put a TV in your child's room
7. Make sure your child is active 1 or more hours a day

1. Your child should ride in the back seat and uses a safety or booster seat until 8 years of age
2. Teach your child to swim and watch them around water
3. Use sunscreen when outside
4. Provide  a safety helmet and gear when riding a bike, skiing or skating or other activities where falls could cause trauma to the head
5. Have a working smoke alarm through out your home
6. Safely store guns and ammunition
7. Teach your child how to safely cross the street and the age for self crossing is 10 years or older
8. Teach your child how to be safe with other audults
9. No one should ask to keep a secret from you
10. No one should ask to see your private parts or ask for help with their private parts

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