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Checkups at 10 Years

[10 Year Old Quiz]

What Can Your Child Do at Ten?

  • Your daughter may be developing sexually, but it is also normal if she has not yet started into puberty. Your son may have begun growing, but usually will not go into puberty as early as the girls.
  • She should know that babies come from the union of a man and woman. Specifically how this occurs should be taught to her sometime this year. She should already know about her future periods.
  • He should have some idea as to his strengths and weaknesses and be active in sports or hobbies.
  • She should have at least several friends although they may change frequently.
  • He should understand the rules of your home, although he may forget occasionally. When this happens, a prearranged consequence should be enforced. Do not yell or belittle him.
  • She will still be very close to her parents and desire to be hugged, held, and protected.
  • He may have a lot of questions about the world that he is discovering. Answer them patiently since in the next few years he may not be so ready to listen to you.

What Can Your Child Eat?

  • Encourage her to engage in physical activity and to limit inactive times such as watching television or playing video games.
  • He should have a balanced diet and should eat breakfast before school. Your example of how to eat will be even more important since he will have the money and freedom to eat at friends= homes or at convenience stores.
  • Discourage frequent snacking other than with fruits or vegetables. Do not add extra salt to his food. She should not have red meat and eggs every day.
  • Increase his intake of fiber in cereals, whole-grain breads, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Make sure she brushes her teeth daily.
  • Give him a multivitamin once a day if he is a picky eater.


She should be up to date on vaccinations unless she has not had the chickenpox vaccine or the illness itself.

Tests to Be Done

  • He should have an analysis of his urine today. This checks for kidney disease, diabetes, and bladder infections.
  • A tuberculin (TB) skin test may be needed if she has been exposed to someone with TB, a chronic cough, IV drug use, HIV disease (AIDS), recent prison time, time in a developing country, or if required by her school or insurance.

Accident Prevention

  • Spend lots of time with him to develop a closer relationship. This will decrease his chances of drug use, pregnancy, suicide, or school failure.
  • She should have electrical or power equipment thoroughly explained to her before use and then be supervised before letting her do it on her own.
  • Set limits on time, distance, and location that he can go away from home. You should always know where he is.
  • She should be closely monitored during sports especially if she is trying to compete with older, larger children. Injuries are more common then.
  • He needs to know a safety plan to get out of the house in case of fire.
  • Teach her to avoid crossing fast-moving streams. She should enter ponds or lakes feet first and always to wear a life jacket. She should have adult supervision while swimming.
  • Air rifles and pellet guns should be treated cautiously since they have caused many deaths.
  • He should wear a safety helmet at all times while riding his bicycle.
  • It is unsafe for her to ride in the back of a pickup truck, regardless of her age.
  • Poison Control is 1-800-POISON 1.

Emotional and Social Development

  • He should have some privacy and freedom at this age. He should play with his friends as he wishes within limits. His conversations, letters, diaries, and possessions should be left alone.
  • Avoid downgrading her friends. She probably sees their faults almost as clearly as you do, but will come to their defense if you criticize them.
  • If he does well in school, praise him but also encourage him to have good morals, encouraging friends, activities outside school, and respect for others. If he is not a very good student, encourage him to study more while also emphasizing his other good qualities.
  • Involve her in family activities.
  • If you use drugs, alcohol in excess, or smoke cigarettes frequently, he is more likely to use drugs, alcohol, or tobacco himself.
  • Allow her to make age appropriate decisions such as choosing preferred clothing.
  • Teach him that there are private parts of his body that even relatives should not touch.
  • She should know about menstruation (periods).
  • He should be doing daily chores to learn responsibility. A weekly allowance will help him develop money sense.
  • Each parent should have time alone with her which shows that she is worth spending time with.
  • It is good for her education to have fun reading.
  • You will encourage him to change his behavior more readily if you act lovingly.
  • Extensive TV or video games limit family interaction and discourage her creativity.
  • You cannot show too much affection toward him privately. However, he may be reluctant to have you hug or kiss him in public.
  • She should have a regular bedtime.
  • Be involved with his schoolwork as much as possible. Involvement with the PTA will give you some say in how he is taught.
  • Attend athletic events, plays, recitals, and other special occasions that occur in her life.
  • Few things you do for her will be so important.

Moral Development of Your Child

  • Your openness in talking about anything that bothers him and your positive role model will help him to adopt similar values as yourself.
  • She will learn more from your example than from what you say. If you smoke and drink too much, divorce easily, or have sex with many partners, she will likely repeat this in adulthood.
  • Limit his exposure to undesirable influences including unruly children, undesirable movies, or music with an irresponsible message.
  • Actively set limits on the amount and type of TV programs she watches and teach her what is morally good and bad about what she sees.
  • About 80-90% of the sex shown on TV is premarital, extramarital, or violent, and most of the marriages are unfulfilling. Unwed pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, divorces, or other consequences of irresponsible sexuality are seldom mentioned.
  • Violence as shown in movies and television is usually self-serving or vengeful. If you do not want him to think of violence as acceptable behavior when he is angry or selfish, you need to limit his exposure to that philosophy.
  • It is philosophically difficult to maintain firm moral standards without some form of religious instruction. Traditional Christianity and Judaism place value on the individual, the healthy family, and compassion toward others. The media and most other world views emphasize selfishness, irresponsible lives, and hunger for possessions. This is one of the main reasons so many children, teenagers, and young adults are confused and in trouble.
  • Provide her with religious instruction. Otherwise her values will be shaped by others with whom you may not agree. One of the greatest gifts you can give her is to join a traditional Christian church or Jewish synagogue that has a good children's program.
  • Waiting to begin moral instruction when he is a teenager is too late.


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These questions, based on research, are meant to teach your child facts that will help him or her have a fuller life.

Circle the Correct Answers

  1. When a girl has a baby and is not married, life is usually much harder for the girl and her baby (True or False).
  2. Watching television makes you a better student (True of False).
  3. In more than half the car wrecks where someone dies, the driver is drinking alcohol or using drugs (True or False).
  4. Teenagers who smoke get colds and other infections more often (True or False).
  5. People who stay married to the same person for a long time are usually healthier than people who are divorced (True or False).
  6. Some of the other reasons to stay married are:
    a) you will probably live longer
    b) you are less likely to be really sad
    c) you will probably make more money in your job
    d) a, b, and c are true
  7. It is easier to say no to cigarettes and drugs the first time than to stop using them later (True or False).
  8. A good way to be happy and do well in school is:
    a) treat your brother and sister nicely
    b) treat your mom and dad nicely
    c) both a and b are correct
  9. It is important for you to not use drugs and smoke because if you don't then your children are less likely to use drugs or smoke (True or False).
  10. Watching lots of television and video games will make you gain more weight than you want to gain (True or False).


Answers and Explanations for Parents

1. True. Life is hard for a single girl trying to care for a young baby. Most experts agree that both the baby and the young mother are better off if the mother gives the baby up for adoption. 2. False. Television detracts from schoolwork; it does not enhance it. Even so-called educational programs do not improve a child's schoolwork. 3. True. Alcohol and other drugs lead to most accidents. 4. True. The smoke inhaled decreases the normal defense mechanisms of the lung leading to more problems with colds and bronchitis. 5. True. People who stay married not only are healthier, they also live longer. 6. D. Studies show that married persons live longer, are less often depressed, and tend to make  more money than those people who are divorced or cohabiting. 7.  True. It is much easier to never begin smoking than to try to stop.  Cigarette smoking is one of the most difficult habits to stop because the chemical addiction is strong. 8.  C. A calm and loving home enhances all aspects of life including schoolwork. 9.  True. Smoking and drug use is much higher in the children of parents who use drugs. 10.  True. Studies show that those children who watch television and play video games tend to be less active and will often put on extra weight.



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