3 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy for the Rest of Summer
By Genevieve Cunningham
Kids are a lot of work. And no one understands the truth of that statement more than parents with kids on summer break. But here's the good news: It's almost over! Summer break is coming to a close, and soon your kids will be back in the classroom. But how do we make it to the very end? Or at least, how do we make it with their health and our sanity intact? If you would like to finish the summer with a healthy bang for your kids, take a look at these three ways to keep them healthy and enjoy the last few moments of freedom at the same time.
Activity is so important. It's important all year long, but right now, when your kids want to sit in front of the TV and binge Netflix while it lasts, it's a really good idea to get them up and moving. How? Any way that you can. Sign them up for a last minute camp or class. Sign them up for fall sports and help them get ready. Or just take them outside every day -- to the park, to the local nature trail, or even just the backyard. If your kids end the summer with activity on the brain, they're more likely to remain active in the fall and throughout the school year.
Get Back on Schedule
Schedules have no doubt been a mess throughout the summer. We sleep in a little too late. We stay up late with our favorite series. We don't eat on schedule, but instead snack all day long. Or if we don't do this ourselves, our kids have definitely been doing it! But now is a good time to get them back on a schedule. Send them to bed on time. Wake them up early and make them eat a healthy breakfast. This gives them an adjustment period so that their first day or week back to school isn't a shock.
Focus on Family Meals
It's always a good time to teach your kids healthy habits, and cooking is a habit that can stay with them for the rest of their lives. Why not let your kids plan some last minute summer meals? Why not let them help you plan healthy meals for the fall? This allows them to get involved, lets you spend time with them, and also teaches them valuable skills that will help them in the future. Make sure you have your patience ready, but when you're ready to work and learn alongside your kids, planning and cooking family meals is a great option.
It might take time and effort to keep your kids healthy, but it will definitely be worth it. Use these tips to close out the summer on a healthy note. Then take these ideas with you into the fall. A healthy family is possible. Get started today, and you'll be well on your way to overall health in no time at all.
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