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Your 6-year-old now
The average 6-year-old is about 45 inches tall and weighs approximately 45 pounds. Your child will double that weight by the time he reaches adolescence and grow to five feet tall or more!
Your child's doctor tracks this growth, of course, but you can help your child develop in a healthy way by serving nutritious food and making sure he gets lots of exercise. Two kinds of measurements to bear in mind: height-weight percentiles and BMI.
If the doctor tells you that your 6-year-old son is in the 75th percentile for weight, for example, that means 75 percent of the boys his age in the United States weigh the same or less than your child and 25 percent weigh more.
BMI, or body-mass index, is a calculation based on the relationship between height and weight and it's often used to help determine whether a person is underweight or overweight. A different chart is used for children than adults.
Your child's feet are growing, too. Although it's tempting to buy the most inexpensive shoes you can find because they are outgrown so quickly, remember that your child depends on secure footwear for all that running and playing he should be doing at this age.
Be sure that shoes fit well, and if they have laces or straps, fasten them securely on your child's feet. Every child needs a good pair of tennis shoes. Plastic croc-style shoes or flip-flops won't allow him to run well.
Your life now
Just because you find yourself spending more time behind the wheel with your child doesn't mean you're doomed to a decade or more of listening to kids' music. Play what you like to hear in the car.
Ideally, it's great to expose your child to many forms of music, from classical and jazz to reggae and rock. One caveat: Be careful about the news programs and talk radio you consume. Your child is paying attention even if it doesn't seem like it, so if the subject or language isn't appropriate, find something else that is.
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