Staying Healthy

  • Eat together often as a family.
  • Start every day with breakfast.
  • Buy fat-free milk and low-fat dairy foods, and encourage 3 servings each day.
  • Limit soft drinks, juice, candy, chips, and high-fat food.
  • Include 5 servings of vegetables and fruits at meals and for snacks daily.
  • Limit TV and computer time to 2 hours a day.
  • Do not have a TV or computer in your child’s bedroom.
  • Encourage your child to play actively for at least 1 hour daily.


  • Your child should always ride in the back seat and use a booster seat until the vehicle’s lap and shoulder belt fit.
  • Teach your child to swim and watch her in the water.
  • Use sunscreen when outside.
  • Provide a good-fitting helmet and safety gear for biking, skating, in-line skating, skiing, snowboarding, and horseback riding.
  • Keep your house and cars smoke free.
  • 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.
  • Watch your child’s computer use.
    • Know who she talks to online.
    • Install a safety filter.
  • Know your child’s friends and their families.
  • Teach your child plans for emergencies such as a fire.
    • Teach your child how and when to dial 911.
  • Teach your child 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.

Your Growing Child

  • Give your child chores to do and expect them to be done.
  • Hug, praise, and take pride in your child for good behavior and doing well in school.
  • Be a good role model.
  • Don’t hit or allow others to hit.
  • Help your child to do things for himself.
  • Teach your child to help others.
  • Discuss rules and consequences with your child.
  • Be aware of puberty and body changes in your child.
  • Answer your child’s questions simply.
  • Talk about what worries your child.


  • Attend back-to-school night, parent-teacher events, and as many other school events as possible.
  • Talk with your child and child’s teacher about bullies.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher if you think your child might need extra help or tutoring.
  • Your child’s teacher can help with evaluations for special help, if your child is not doing well.

Healthy Teeth

  • Help your child brush teeth twice a day.
    • After breakfast
    • Before bed
  • 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.
  • Encourage your child to always wear a mouth guard to protect teeth while playing sports.
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