Help your child brush his teeth twice a day.
Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride.
Help your child floss her teeth once a day.
Your child should visit the dentist at least twice a year.
Ready for School
Take your child to see the school and meet the teacher.
Read books with your child about starting school.
Talk to your child about school.
Make sure your child is in a safe place after school with an adult.
Talk with your child every day about things he liked, any worries, and if anyone is being mean to him.
Talk to us about your concerns.
Your Child and Family
Give your child chores to do and expect them to be done.
Have family routines.
Hug and praise your child.
Teach your child what is right and what is wrong.
Help your child to do things for herself.
Children learn better from discipline than they do from punishment.
Help your child deal with anger.
Teach your child to walk away when angry or go somewhere else to play.
Buy fat-free milk and low-fat dairy foods, and encourage 3 servings each day.
Limit candy, soft drinks, and high-fat foods.
Offer 5 servings of vegetables and fruits at meals and for snacks every day.
Limit TV time to 2 hours a day.
Do not have a TV in your child’s bedroom.
Make sure your child is active for 1 hour or more daily.
Your child should always ride in the back seat and use a car safety seat or booster seat.
Teach your child to swim.
Watch your child around water.
Use sunscreen when outside.
Provide a good-fitting helmet and safety gear for biking, skating, in-line skating, skiing, snowboarding, and horseback riding.
Have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your house and a fire escape plan.
Install a carbon monoxide detector in a hallway near every sleeping area.
Never have a gun in the home. If you must have a gun, store it unloaded and locked with the ammunition locked separately from the gun.
Ask if there are guns in homes where your child plays. If so, make sure they are stored safely.
Teach your child how to cross the street safely. Children are not ready to cross the street alone until age 10 or older.
Teach your child about bus safety.
Teach your child about how to be safe with other adults.
No one should ask for a secret to be kept from parents.
No one should ask to see private parts.
No adult should ask for help with his private parts.