Having many or most meals together as a family is desirable. Mealtime is a great time to allow the child to tell you of her day, interests, concerns, and worries. Encourage your child to talk and listen to others at the table.
Balance good nutrition with what your child wants to eat. Major battles over what your child wants to eat are not worth the emotional cost. Bring only healthy foods home from the grocery store. Choose snacks wisely. Children should drink soda pop only rarely. Low-fat or skim milk is usually a healthier choice.
Good table manners take a long time to develop. Model table manners for your child.
Your child will grow at a slow but steady rate over the next 2 years. See your child's doctor if your child has a rapid gain in weight or has not gained weight for more than 4 months.
Kids can start to develop lifelong interests in sports, arts and crafts activities, reading, and music. Encourage participation in activities. Remember that the goal of competition is to have fun and develop oneself to the greatest capacity. Winning and losing should receive limited attention. Physical skills vary widely in this age group. Find activities that best fit your child's skills, such as endurance (running), power (swimming), or excellent visual skills (baseball or softball).
Get involved in your child's school and stay aware of how your child is doing. If your child is struggling, meet with the teacher, counselor, or principal.
Read to your child on a daily basis. Make reading a part of the nighttime ritual.
Limit electronic media (TV, DVDs, or computer) time to 1 or 2 hours per day of high quality children's programming. Participate with your child and discuss the content with them.
The groves on the permanent teeth are prone to cavities. Parents and dentists need to watch the teeth carefully. Sealants (plastic coatings that adhere to the chewing surface of the molar teeth) may help prevent tooth decay. Ask your child’s dentist about this.
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Your child may already be current on all recommended vaccinations.
An annual influenza shot is recommended for children up until 18 years of age.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child's next routine check-up be at 7 years of age. Bring your child's shot card to all visits.