You Should Know
September means schedules are back in full swing. School, sports, music lessons, dance classes, the list goes on. And while we’re 100% on board with how important extracurricular activities are, sometimes you just need downtime. That’s why we love the idea of a Do Nothing Day. Pick a Saturday or Sunday and stay home. Don’t do chores; don’t run errands. Don’t even change out of your PJ’s if you don’t want to. Just be together. Sounds easy enough, but it’s not for us moms who think we have to “do” for our kids all the time. But, if you can pull it off, you’ll be pleased at how well rested, relaxed and connected you feel as a family at the end of the day.
Gifted is a term, not a goal for your child. Whether they have been labeled gifted or not, help your child keep a healthy perspective on grades. Sky-high expectations can be difficult to maintain and “giftedness” shouldn’t be used as a motivator. If your child is actually identified as gifted, beware of their drive to be perfect in all areas of their life. Perfectionism is time consuming and tiring. It can even cause abdominal pain and eating disorders. Watch for burnout too as striving to stay on top can cause stress and overtiredness which leads to low quality sleep, illness and trouble in school.
Put kabobs in your kid’s lunchbox and they’ll win best lunch at the lunch table. They might actually eat it too! For Turkey Burger Kabobs, layer turkey meatballs, Monterey Jack, pickles, lettuce and tomato. Yum! For Pizza Kabobs, layer Mozzarella cheese with tomatoes, olives, basil, pepperoni, and bell pepper. For a PBJ Kabob, layer small sandwich squares with fruit in between. Fruit Kabobs are always great too with strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, pineapple and grapes. Include some sauces to dip these in (like BBQ, pesto, marinara, or yogurt) and they’re even better. Why is food on a stick so fun?
Regular moderate exercise 3-4 times per week can boost your body’s defenses against illness, but what happens when you do get sick? Should you continue to work out? If your symptoms are above the neck (i.e. cold or sore throat), sure. But if they’re below the neck (i.e. upset stomach, aches, or cough), then no. Either way, listen to your body and don’t overextend yourself. Take your morning run down to an easy jog or walk. A high intensity or long workout could make things worse. And if you just don’t feel up to it, then don’t do it. If you have a fever, definitely take the day off. As you feel better, ease back into your regular workout routine.