5-Year Checkup: Healthy Kids Series

This parenting information is part of the "Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures" series. These fact sheets may be given out by Group Health at routine checkups.

Eating

Healthy Habits

Safety

Provide a safe environment for your child:

Parenting

Aggressive Behavior

Violence is a leading cause of death in children. More children die from violence than from automobile crashes. Studies show that violent behavior is often learned early in life. Parents play an important role in reducing violence by raising children in a loving, nonviolent home.

Some ways to prevent violence include:

When your child exhibits aggressive behavior:

Kindergarten

Children start kindergarten between ages 4-1/2 and 6 years old. It can be hard to know exactly when your child is ready for school. Your local elementary school or preschool can help. Most children are ready for kindergarten if they already have these skills:

Behavioral skills:

Muscle skills:

Language and math skills:

Suggested Resources

Websites

Suggested reading

Next well-child visit: 6 years

Adapted with permission from Kaiser Permanente.

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Clinical review by Steve Berman, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 04/01/2013