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With just a few shorts days left of summer vacation, we’re busy focusing on getting ready for back to school over here. To say this summer went by fast would be an understatement but I guess that’s what happens when you have a busy summer. While we had a lot of fun, I’m looking forward to having a little more structure in our day. Right now, we’re knee deep in pencils, notebooks, activity books and more to get ready for the new school year. While school supplies are an important part of the school year, we’re also practicing some healthy habits to make sure we feel our best during the busy school year.
Most of these are habits we practice daily, but some we may have slacked on a bit this have summer. Like getting enough sleep. There have been plenty of days this summer that I let my oldest stay up past his bedtime watching movies or reading a favorite book. Now that we’re heading back into more of a set schedule, I want to get all of us back on track with these healthy habits.
6 HEALTHY HABITS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
- Get Enough Sleep – Making sure my kids are well rested is really important. Sometimes my oldest likes to stay up late and watch movies or read and while I sometimes let him over summer break, once school is in session sticking to a reasonable bed time is a must. When he’s well rested, he’s more focused and eager to learn. When he’s not, he can be a bit cranky and not performing at his best. By establishing a set bedtime and implementing it now, before school goes back. We easily fall back into the routine.
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast – We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day so I like to make sure both of my kids eat a healthy breakfast to start their morning. Make ahead breakfast options are a great way to save time in the morning. I also keep a tray of fresh fruit on the table so it’s easy to grab something if they’re still hungry after breakfast.
- Pack a Healthy Lunch – Lunch is just as important as breakfast. Especially when you have kids in school all day. Once lunch time rolls around, my oldest is usually hungry and ready to eat. Making sure I pack him a lunch I know he’s going to eat ( and not throw away) and not filled with sugary snacks is another goal. MOM TIP: Make a snack bin and prep snacks, fruit, etc. on Sunday. This was a lifesaver for me during the school year. I could just grab a few snacks like fruit I already washed and bagged, a sandwich and water and lunch was made. It was so much easier than prepping lunch in the morning when I had ton of other things going on.
- Wash Those Hands – I’m a stickler for hand washing. From a young age, I make sure that they wash their hands before every meal, after using the bathroom, after recess and as soon as they walk in the door from school. Once the backpack is hung up, it’s time to wash our hands. Germs are abundant during the school year and anything I can do to minimize getting sick, I’m on it.
- Take A Vitamin – For the last several years, my oldest has taken a daily multivitamin. We’ve tried different ones over the years but he prefers the gummy vitamins. I don’t mind since they seem to be the only ones that I don’t have to constantly remind him to take. He takes one every morning and he generally remembers. No arm twisting, no yelling take your vitamin. He happily takes it and is on his way. Anything that requires no extra reminding or nagging on my part, I’m all for. So I happily buy him the gummy variety. In fact, I’ve even began taking gummy vitamins myself.
He’s been taking Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies that I picked up at Target. In fact we were running low on them so while we were doing some back to school shopping, I swung by the vitamin aisle and picked up another bottle for him.
Finding them in Target was super easy. They were right on the vitamin aisle and were available in assorted varieties.
Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies are great-tasting (I’ve tried them and they really are. No funny aftertaste) and come in all-natural fruit flavors like Orange, Cherry and Mixed Berry.
Not only are they great tasting, but they also help fill many of the key nutrient gaps missing fro your kids’ diet.† They contain 12 essential nutrients for age-specific nutritional support including vitamins A, C, D, and E, B vitamins and minerals like iodine and zinc. I love that the all natural fruit flavors colors are derived from natural sources. That means no synthetic dyes, no preservative or yeast and are they gluten free.
Learn more about Nature Made® Vitamins at Target and pick some up on your next trip to Target.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease