The start of a new school year can bring mixed feelings to many households. Whether you and your kids are jumping for joy or feeling a little down about the start of the new school year there are some steps you can take to ensure that they stay happy and healthy.
Set a schedule
The start of the school year can be tough for many kids as their body clock tries to adjust to the new wakeup and bedtime hours. Start getting your children into the school routine a couple of weeks before school starts to help them adjust to the change gradually. This will also promote healthy sleep, which has been shown to boost the immune system and help people fight off illnesses.
Promote illness-avoiding behaviors
A new school year can often bring with it a variety of new illnesses to take over your household, especially when flu season kicks in. Remind you kids about basic hygiene that can help protect them from those nasty bugs and stop them spreading their illnesses should they pick any up. The risk of catching coughs, sneezes and other nasty illnesses can be reduced by simple actions like hand washing. Getting enough sleep and maintaining a healthy diet can also help give their immune system a boost.
Do some meal planning
As school activities kick in it can be difficult to find the time to cook healthy meals every day. To save you time and stress do some meal preparation so you know what meals will be eaten and when. And don’t forget about breakfast! The old saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and research backs up this claim. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast have a lower chance of catching certain illnesses. Aim for cereals or other foods that contain whole grains.
Buy them a quality backpack
It seems like children are required to carry around more books and equipment every year. Poorly fitting bags can lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain. Send your kids back to school with a quality, well-fitted backpack that makes carrying around their school stuff easy.
Exercising with your kids is a great way to spend quality time with them while helping keep them and you healthy. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost the immune system. A triple boost to help keep your family happy and healthy!
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