It won't be long before it is time for kids to head back to school! Along with school supplies and new clothes and shoes there are great ways to help prepare your children for a successful start to the school year.
1. Start the day with a good breakfast that includes protein. We have all heard the importance of a good breakfast. For kids, it is very important to eat a good meal before a full day of learning. Including protein in the meal will help tide them over until snack or lunch. Here are some simple ideas even for the pickiest eaters!
- Eggs, bacon/sausage and wholegrain toast
- Pancakes or waffles cooked with protein powder, these can be made ahead of time and frozen
- Fruit smoothie with protein powder
2. A good night's rest is essential. Children between ages 6-11 need 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night. In this day and age of electronics and constant stimulation this can be hard for some families. Here are some tips:
- Start a bedtime routine and follow it diligently each night, even on weekends if possible
- Turn off the TV and electronics at least one hour prior to bedtime as this is very stimulating to the brain
- Read a book or have your child read a book before bed
- A sound machine can be soothing as well as diffusing essential oils
3. Add a supplement or two to their diet. Adding supplements into your child's diet can help with their immunity, nutrition and brain development. It is important to buy quality supplements; a good place to look is your local co-op. Here are some supplement options:
- Multi-vitamin: a food based option is a great choice
- Vitamin D-3: This will help keep your child's immunity strong
- Fish Oil: We love Nordic Naturals, they are small, chew-able and kids love the taste
4. Make space for family check ins. Does your family have a regular time to check in with each other? This could be during after school snack, family dinner or bedtime.
- Learn to talk about emotions and how to manage emotions
- Set aside a specific time each day
- Create a safe space in your family for everyone to be heard
5. Be prepared the night before. Getting ready for the morning the night before will help the morning go smoother for you and your child.
- Pack lunches and snacks
- Make sure homework is complete, checked and put in the backpack
- Have clothes ready and laid out
As the new school year approaches try and set aside a special day for your family to celebrate the new year. Best wishes to you and your family for the year ahead!