|Continue to offer 3 meals and 1-2 nutritious snacks each day. Involve your child in meal planning and preparation. Take your 5 year old to the grocery store and teach him to make good food choices. Encourage his curiosity by introducing the food pyramid. It’s important to share mealtimes as a family. This is a great time to show interest in what your child did at pre-school or kindergarten and to encourage sharing experiences from all family members.
Safety: Children this age know what actions might be dangerous, but close observation at all times is essential to keep your child safe. There is increased experimentation with independence.
Parenting: Discipline with love by using firm, consistent rules. Use only nonviolent discipline. Most 5 year olds want to please their parents by doing what their parents say. Generously praise your child for good behavior. Limit TV watching to less than 2 hours per day of good quality children’s entertainment. Turn to your child and offer him your full attention when he talks to you or tells you a story.
Play: Reading remains one of the most important activities that you can share with your child. Children this age enjoy playing with their peers. They can play simple board games and do puzzles. They also enjoy art and craft activities as well as devising new games with new rules. Outdoor activities remain important, as do singing, dancing, and simple riddles. Puppets help encourage storytelling and imaginative play.
Next visit is at 6 years of age.