You Should Know
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.
Take him to the playground. No, really. Climbing, hanging and swinging on the monkey bars build strength in the upper body and core muscles. It also develops flexibility and agility in the shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers. By integrating large muscle activities with the hands, kids learn to coordinate those muscles and use them more adeptly in other activities… like handwriting. Who knew? So, to hone those fine motor skills, make sure your kid is getting plenty of time to work on his gross motor skills.
If you consider coloring just a kid’s activity, think again. Coloring has a de-stressing effect on adults. Besides making us focus on a particular activity instead of our worries, it also brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood (a much less stressful time in our lives). Using both logic and creativity, it activates the different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres. Plus, it’s simply relaxing. Psychologists have used it as a relaxing technique for years. So, if you’re feeling a little tense, put on some good music and pull out the crayons and coloring books.
It’s August. Time to start talking about the new school year. Whether they’re starting their first year or starting their last, get them excited about what they can expect. New friends, the playground, snack time… graduation. Share your own stories. Answer questions and address any fears no matter how silly or small. Make sure older kids finish up their summer assignments in plenty of time. Take little kids to the library and encourage reading for an hour each day. It’s time to get the brain moving again, but plan some fun end of summer activities too. It’s going to be a great year!