With summer coming to a close and the sounds of school buses fast approaching we as parents look forward to a fresh start. With a fresh start comes a healthy approach. Here are ten tips for getting back to school with a healthy wonderful fresh start.
Eye exam. A great time to get your child’s eye’s checked is right before school. While my husband and I both have 20/20 vision. Our oldest on the other hand has a slight issue focusing. His vision rates perfect but he rubs his eye’s enough that our eye doctor gave him low dose reading glasses that help him. We would have never thought he was a candidate for eye glasses until the eye doctor was able to run many tests on him that showed a few signs.
Well health checkup. As our children get older well health checkups are not required as often. As a parent it is good idea that you have the pediatrician check for any smaller problems that could be addressed.
Dentist visit. Get those teeth looked at and address any brushing issues, prepare for braces perhaps, see how those adult teeth are shaping up or maybe a filling? Getting this six month visit out of the way will eliminate an unneeded missed day of school.
Healthy menu. Come up with some menu plans with your child. Get creative and print out a few weekly plans. Include in each 5 healthy lunches. This is a great task to complete with your child. Share your ideas together on what goes in the lunchbox. Then write these down so that you can easily shop for them and you and your child can easily pack lunches the night before.
Snack plan. After school snacks don’t have to include junk food. Come up with five great snacks for the week in your snacks meal plan. Think brain food! Yogurt cups, pre-made turkey sandwich, fresh fruit cup or mix of nuts, popcorn and m&m’s.
Homework nook! Being healthy also means being prepared and organized. Get your child pumped for school. Make the perfect homework nook, even if it’s on the kitchen table. Have all the needed supplies in a fun organized area and encourage your child to want to do their homework with a few incentives. i.e. Complete your homework before 6pm and get a night off of doing the dishes.
Chores! Start a new chore list. A healthy lifestyle includes living in a clean environment. Revise a list of things to get done now that school is on. For instance: clean your room, wash dishes, take out trash. This is a great time to start a new routine or freshen it up. For me I hate putting away the laundry but straightening the beds I can do. I have switched up the chore list to include fold laundry and separate and taken out straighten beds (something I can do).
Allowance! Add a healthy allowance to the routine. An allowance teaches work ethic. In our home my son gets $15 a week if his weekly chart is complete. For the week he must do all of his homework, chores, take a bath and brush his teeth before 8p.m. Monday through Friday to get his weekly allowance of $3 a day.
Help you child plan out their weekly outfits. This helps with the dreaded “I have nothing to wear” or even worse your child wearing something from the “unclean” pile. I love to do this on Sunday’s with my son. We have a system of putting together outfits that match and hanging them in order of when they will be worn.
My last tip to helping your child lead a healthy life is keeping them active. An active child is a healthy child. My son plays on a basketball team and does baseball, but that starts in January and ends in June. From July through December we plan lots of activities from taking daily walks to swimming. Keeping our child active will help in keeping them healthy.
“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Transitions Lenses blogging program.