Parenting Tips for 5 Years of Age
- Teach bike safety
- Teach fire safety
- Memorize name address and phone number
- Teach proper dental care
- Brush teeth in AM and before bed time
- Teach self-care
- Teach safe toilet practices
- Teach self-dressing
- Eating healthy foods in sufficient quantity only
- Maintain a happy meal-time
- Do not force-feed
- Do not insist on finishing the plate
- Avoid excessive drinks of high sugar contents
Development and Behavior
- Discipline: parents should have set rules in what is expected of the children. Both parents need to develop uniform instructions on what to do what not to doand avoid conflicting messages.
- Chores: parents need to assign chores and explain how and when they need to be done.
- Peer interaction: parents need to facilitate interaction with peers.
- School readiness: most children have attended daycare centers or other facilities by this time. It is very important to pay attention to make sure that thechildren are ready to attend the school.
- Following directions and rules: rules have to be made clear for the children at this age. This is one way of preparing them for following rules set by schools.
- Physical skills: parents need to identify the physical skills developed by their child and to promote a specific skill for which the child is better at doing. Somenatural skills need to be promoted such as skill in certain sports and artistic talents.
There are certain issues that could raise an alarm concerning the deviation from normal developments. Following are some issues to keep in mind:
- Any regression in social skills.
- Regression in communication
- Excessive temper-tantrums and emotional swings.
- Poor motor coordination.
- Particular fixation on certain objects.
- Always insisting on carrying certain objects everywhere.
- Repetitive purposeless behavior.
- Constantly playing oneself avoiding playmates.
- Excessively resisting changes in routine.
- Exhibiting self-injurious behavior.
- Lack of fear of danger.
- Does not like to be hugged or touched.
- Extreme hyperactivity.
- Appear not to hear.
- Over-sensitivity to sound or touch.
- Unusual sleep patterns.
- Appears spaced-out.
When you come to the office with your five year old child at the preventive care visit with your pediatrician, the following areas are explored:
- Preparing the child for school.
- Issues related to chores and responsibilities.
- Sex education.
- Individual concern or problems.
- Examination, assessment, and discussion of findings.