5 Years Parenting Instructions

Parenting Tips for 5 Years of Age

Injury Prevention

  • Teach bike safety
  • Teach fire safety
  • Memorize name address and phone number

Hygiene

  • Teach proper dental care
  • Brush teeth in AM and before bed time
  • Teach self-care
  • Teach safe toilet practices
  • Teach self-dressing

Nutrition

  • 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.

Caution:

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.
  • Discipline.
  • Individual concern or problems.
  • Examination, assessment, and discussion of findings.