Six to Nine Year Visits
- School and peer relationships important.
- Help your child organize school things; keep in touch with your child's teacher regarding progress and any difficulties; set up a clear time and place for school work.
- Try not to over-schedule after school, especially during first few years.
- Be active with your child, walk to the park, bike or garden together.
- Read a minimum of 20 minutes a day.
- Keep screen time to less than 1 hour a day. Consider policy of no TV/screens on school nights.
- Discuss current events, advertising and books.
- Use a booster seat until adult seat belt fits and your child is 4'9" tall and 8-12 years old. To see if your child is ready try these tests:
- Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
- Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
- Does the lap belt fit snugly across the top of the thighs?
- Does the shoulder belt come across the center of the shoulder and chest?
- Can the child sit like this the whole trip?
- If the answer is no to these questions your child needs to ride in a booster seat. For further information call 1-800-BUCK-L-UP or visit www.carseat.org or www.boosterseat.org.
- If there are guns in your home, lock them and store ammunition separately under separate lock. Talk to your children about gun safety.
- Teach your child about your home fire plan, meeting location and how to get out.
- Continue to teach and reinforce personal safety and stranger training.
- Teach water and bicycle safety. Start swim lessons. Continue to be consistent with helmet use.
- Model behaviors for your child. Self-esteem is largely a reflection of parental love and acceptance at this age.
- Discuss both your child's feelings and your feelings. Review the best/worst thing about your day and your child's day.
- Share your family values with your child. Ask what she/he thinks and feels about things. Openly discuss the hazards of smoking, drug use and alcohol.
- Listen carefully.
- Find time for yourself and your spouse.
- Educate about eating a balanced diet and reasons for it.
- Eat together as a family, with no TV. One meal for everyone if possible.
- Encourage milk and water. Limit juice and sweetened drinks.
- Do not reward /comfort with food. Go to the playground or library instead of going for a cookie or ice cream!
- Vitamins are not necessary unless you need fluoride supplementation. If you are concerned that he/she doesn't eat a balanced diet a multivitamin is okay.
Continue taking your child to the dentist every 6 months. Ask for fluoride supplements if your child drinks non-fluorinated water.
Vision and hearing screenings.
Every other year. Some camp and sports forms require a yearly physical exam so please plan ahead. Summer is a good time to schedule your well child physicals at this age.