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Happy New Year from Icon Pediatricswww.healthychildren.org | 01-05-16

Hello families and Happy New Year to you all.  I trust that you all had a safe and healthy holiday season.  Another year is now upon us and it is always good to start the year with purpose.  This year ICON will enter its third year and we have been very fortunate to have you as parents and patients in our unique practice.  We have learned a great deal and the feedback from you has been tremendous.  Please continue to follow us on social media and offer your comments and suggestions.  Many new families have heard about the “concierge” model of care from you and we are delighted to say that the response to this individualized and more personalized care has been overwhelming.  We are looking forward to continuing to serve you in the coming and year.

One of the resources that we have linked to our website is called healthychildren.org.  It is the official website of the Academy of Pediatrics that is designed specifically for parents.  I urge you to check out their website and use their resources.  Parents are even able to officially “join” the American Academy of Pediatrics, just like me and you will then receive timely topics and important information on a regular basis.  This week they posted a few friendly New Year’s Resolutions for Kids.  I thought it was well done and I’ll share the highlights with you here.  For more, go to www.healthchildren.org.

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Preschoolers

  • I will clean up my toys by putting them where they belong.
  • I will let my parents help me brush my teeth twice a day.
  • I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
  • I will help clear the table when I am done eating.
  • I will be friendly to all animals. I will remember to ask the owners if I can pet their animal first.
  • I will be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
  • I will talk with my parent or another trusted adult when I need help or am scared.

Kids, 5 to 12 years old

  • I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only on special occasions.
  • I will take care of my skin by putting on sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright, sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports.
  • I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like jumping rope, dancing, or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
  • I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.
  • I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
  • I’ll be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by asking them to join activities such as sports or games.
  • I will always tell an adult about any bullying I may see or hear about to help keep school safe for everyone.
  • I will keep my personal information safe and not share my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I’ll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is ok.
  • I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
  • I promise to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.

Kids, 13 years and older

  • I will try to eat at least two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only at special times. (And remember, French fries are not a vegetable!)
  • I will take care of my body through physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.
  • I will choose non-violent television shows and video games and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at most – on these activities. I promise to follow our household rules for video game and internet use.
  • I will help out in my community by giving some of my time to help others, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
  • When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with my parent or friend.
  • When faced with difficult decisions, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
  • When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way to help them.
  • I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without forcing them to do something. I will expect to be treated the same way in return.
  • I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco-cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol. I will also avoid the use of e-cigarettes.
  • I agree not to use a cell phone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.

 

Make this fun by adding your own resolutions and review them with your child every quarter.  Make sure that if they have been successful in keeping all or most of their resolutions, you acknowledge their good performance in some meaningful way.

 

Enjoy 2016 and make the most of it.

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