This summer has gone by fast! We have celebrated our 10th anniversary, got a hot tub, celebrated a big birthday for my dad, visited Outaousais, had my sister and nephew spend a week, stayed at an awesome ParkBridge cottage, and the list goes on and on. Now with only two weeks left, until summer comes to an end, I’m turning my brain from relaxation, sun and fun, and focusing on reorganizations, restructuring and restoring our health so that we can go back to school with our best foot forward.
Back to school means good bye to hours in the sun, fresh air and exercise and hello to classrooms, kids and stress. With my baby girl leaving the nest and starting school for the first time this year, I am determined to make it a happy and healthy one! Here are my tips for getting ready for a healthy back to school:
1. Add Protein to morning routine– They say that protein in the morning is important because it makes you more alert, satisfied and functioning at optimal ability. If your children drag the butts in the morning, not only will protein help to wake them up, but it releases neurotransmitters in the brain that help you think clearer and provide you with the necessary energy you need to make it lunch time! ND Shakes are a great example of this! Every glass comes with a powerhouse blend of easy-to-digest vegan protein, greens, and superfruits, plus a customized multivitamin to meet the specific health needs of each family member. Think of Popeye and his can of spinach! What a great way to start the day!
2. Building the Immune System – Going back to school means being placed in a room with 20+ for 8 hours a day. Coughing, sneezing and sharing germs are just a few of the things my kids will come in contact with. To fend off those germ induced colds the first few weeks of school I like to bring the sunshine inside and support a strong immune system with Vitamin D for Kids.
3. Prevent Allergy attacks– That harvest moon in August, doesn’t just bring on sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses (thanks to ragweed) and spoil those last few weeks of summer fun, but those symptoms can continue on as we enter dusty classrooms that have been locked up all summer. My family seems to be very succeptable to allergies. Whether it is chalk dust or dust bunnies, I like to prepare my kids for back to school with Seasonal Allergies for Kids protection. There is nothing worse then trying to learn under a cloud of allergy haze.
4. Lice Protection – One of the things I dread most about back to school is getting that dreaded piece of paper in my kids backpack alerting me to the fact that there is a lice out break. With boys, I didn’t worry so much. I kept their haircuts short and was sure to see anything before it entered my house. Now with DD3 attending school, I’m worried. Since lice crawl, you have to make it impossible for them to crawl on to you. Keeping your kids hair tied back in a braid or a bun and use natural tea tree oil or rosemary oil spray as a part of our ready to leave for school routine. Checking once a week and being aware of unusual increases in head scratching are good practices to have.
5. Increasing My Kids Ability Focus – My kids love school. They love hanging out with their friends and learning new things, but sometimes they get distracted. Listening to a friend’s super fun weekend, or searching for a pencil can sometimes seem more important then the task at hand. To help my children focus their attention on the lesson being taught, I am excited to try Focus for kids. It is a combination homeopathic formula to help improve concentration and attention span, while supporting memory function. I hope this will lead to more happy learning, instead of homework stress.
How do you prepare for a healthy back to school season?