Healthy New Year's resolutions for kids

Dec. 31, 2012 at 6:22 PM

CHICAGO, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- For preschoolers and young children at a loss for making New Year's resolutions, U.S. pediatricians say they have some suggestions.

For preschoolers, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested the following resolutions:

-- I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.

-- I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.

-- I won't tease dogs or other pets, even friendly ones. I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.

For children ages 5-12, the doctors suggested:

-- I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only on special occasions.

-- I will apply 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 playing sports.

-- I will try to find a sport such as basketball or soccer or an activity like playing tag, 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 bicycling.

-- 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 nice to other kids. I'll be friendly to kids who need friends, such as someone who is shy, or is new to my school.

-- I'll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet, or send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without my parents' permission.

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