I’ve always found that summer seems to fly by, but this year that’s been even more true than usual! Since we sold our house at the end of July, packing and moving took up the first half of the season. And now, before I could blink, it’s almost time to start school again!
With all the stress and disorganization of the last few months, I’m especially determined that my boys will be starting school feeling their best this year. These are the three ways that I make sure Zackary and Benjamin are happy, healthy and ready for learning come September!
1) Sticking to a Bedtime Routine
As hard as I try, I find that my boys’ usual bedtime routine tends to fall to pieces over the summer months. Vacations, outdoor fun and other summer activities result in bedtime being irregular at best and non-existent at worst. Two weeks before school starts, I make a move to change that with a set bedtime schedule. Starting at 7:30, I turn off all electronics, give the boys a dose of Orange Naturals Sleep Tight for Kids, have them brush their teeth and then read them a bedtime story. Starting this before summer ends ensures that they’ll be well rested when the first day of school arrives!
2) Making a Nutritious Breakfast
My boys are occasionally picky eaters, but I’ve never had to pressure them to eat a good breakfast. Even so, the meals they eat during the summer tend to not be as nutritious as the regular breakfasts they eat during the school year. That’s why I make sure to stock up on whole-grain cereal, fruit and ND Shakes Kids in Chocolate and Vanilla so that my boys have plenty of nutritious choices for that all-important first meal of the day. Making sure they have full stomachs and the essential nutrients their bodies need help ensure school success!
3) Encouraging Intellectual Stimulation
My boys get plenty of exercise in the summer, but they generally aren’t working their brains as much as they do during the school year. Luckily, getting their minds working a little more can be done in a lot of fun ways! A few new chapter books for my oldest are enough to get him reading every day in the weeks leading up to the new school year. And since most board games are educational as well as fun, sitting down as a family to play a game together twice a week or so helps ensure my boys are thinking and learning before school starts!
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As sad as I am that summer is coming to an end, I can’t wait to see what new adventures await my family as we dive into another school year and prepare for our upcoming move to Ontario. And with products from Orange Naturals and some solid routines to keep us on track, I’m sure we’ll be able to tackle the new school year feeling great!
Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
22 thoughts on “Rock the New School Year with 3 Tips for Healthy, Happy Kids”
One of my biggest goals this fall is to get the kids to have a proper breakfast before heading off to school! The ND shakes would be perfect for this!
Great tips and also very important ones. If you have a good sleep and eat breakfast you do well through the day Also with stimulating your child with reading or connect the dots etc i found it very helpful for the ypoung mind as this all sets the rountine in place for them to start to follow on their own
Re-establishing routines is so very important.
Great tips!! I find the school year so much easier to follow these tips. I so can’t wait to get back into a routine.
These are great tips,keeping a bedtime in summer is so hard
all very important tips!
Excellent tips. My only problem growing up was breakfast. No matter how hard my parents tried, I’ve never been able to eat breakfast. I’ve never had a good appetite In the morning.
These are great tips! when my girls were in grade school I kept their bedtime the same all summer long as well, unless we went somewhere, so it wasn’t hard to put them on a sleep routine, and a good breakfast is a must!!
when my kids were small I found it very important to have a sleep routine. Yes during summer break I found it very hard to keep that routine.
Your summer has been eventful indeed! I cant imagine moving across two provinces! I can see though how routine is so important, especially in time a of such change and non-routine!