Parent Information (5 - 7 years)

We encourage all parents to schedule well-child appointments.

Vaccines

View our Immunization schedule.

If your child seems fussy or uncomfortable, we recommend giving a dose of Tylenol. This can be repeated once every 4 hours as needed.

General Information

Readiness for school is an important milestone in the minds of most parents. If possible, take your child for a tour of her new school before the academic year begins. Allow her to meet the teacher, see the classroom and ask questions. This will help prepare your child for the first day.

At 5-6 years of age, children are developing their ability to separate from their parents, and broadening their social skills with adults as well as their peers. Praising academic effort, rather than grades, will nurture their eagerness to learn. Remember to read to your child daily. Even children who know how to read still enjoy an adult reading to them.

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Sleep

Children at this age should have about 10 hours of sleep at night. The typical bedtime is between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. A consistent bedtime routine helps children know what to expect each night and gives them a better start for the next day. For related information, please visit the following links:

Nutrition and Exercise

Caregivers should model well balanced diets by making good dietary choices. Encourage children to eat breakfast, even if it isn’t a typical breakfast food. If possible, eat dinner together at the dinner table. Take this opportunity to talk about your child's day or explore his interests. Avoid eating in front of the television, as often times this leads to over-eating. Focus on encouraging your child to drink milk or water instead of juice or carbonated beverages. Encourage children to eat fruits and vegetables as snacks. If your child is overweight, keep rules about food choices consistent for all members of the family. Also, don't purchase foods you prefer the child to avoid.

Exercise on a regular basis. Try to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity 3 times per week into family fun time. Encourage and support participation in sports.

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Media Exposure

Limit screen time to less than 2 hours a day. This includes TV, hand-held video games and computers. It's important to monitor what your child watches because as children at this age may find it difficult to separate fact from fiction. On occasion, sit and watch programs together so you can discuss your views on the content with your child.

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Discipline

Parents are still their child’s greatest teacher. Children respond best when predictable limits are set. Parents should agree on rules and communicate them clearly to children. Many parents adopt rules based on respect for others and personal safety. Consistent discipline and praise for neutral or positive behavior reinforces the standards parents develop for their children. One resource we recommend is the book 1-2-3 Magic by Dr. Thomas Phelan, Ph.D.

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Safety Reminders

As your child's sense of independence grows, it's important to address safety issues. Discuss how to handle the approach of strangers, bike safety, water safety, etc. Children should know their address and how to contact their caregivers by phone. Additional reminders:

  • By law, booster seats are needed until 8 years of age. The safest place for children younger than 13 years of age is the back seat of the car.
  • Water safety, whether in the pool, at the beach or in the bathtub, should be enforced. When possible, teach your child to swim.
  • Most of us have received 80 % of our sun exposure by 8 years of age. Liberally apply broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Be sure it is SPF 15 or higher.
  • Secure all firearms. Store ammunition separately.

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