In this section you will find tips and suggestions for you to try with your children and family. If you have a tip of your own, please feel free to share it and we can post it on our site. Remember, Parenting is the most important job that we will ever have AND the one we are least trained for. ☺ Hopefully this corner will reduce some of our stress and maybe even give us a few laughs.
December Parenting Tip:
Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday a thing of the past and now the countdown to Christmas. 23 days until the big day. I hope the tips from last month are helping to ease the stress of the season and allow you and your children to enjoy it. Here are a few tips to help keep the season enjoyable.
- As much as possible, stay with your routine. This month calls for extra activities and those evening events can reduce the amount of sleep your family gets. If you can, stick to regular bedtime hours and routines. It's easy to think that "it's only one night." But having more than one late bedtime can catch up with your little ones. Sleep is critical for them to stay healthy and fight off the next bug that is coming around.
- Drink lots of water. When the temperature drops we tend to drink less water and we need it just as much as during the summmer season. Encourage your children to drink water throughout the day. Purchase the cups with lids and straws so you can keep track of how much water they are getting. You won't have to worry about spills either.
- Fresh air. Children do not get sick from being in the outside air. In fact, germs prefer the warm, moist air inside our homes and schools. Children need outside time each day, even if it's only for 10 minutes. Dress warm, cover fingers and ears, and don't forget the boots. At our center the children love to go outside and run. They are moving around so much they don't really feel the cold as much as the adults do, who are standing around supervising.
- Don't forget your flu shot. Each year you and your child should take the preventative step and receive your shot. This does reduce your chances of catching the flu and sharing with your family.
So enjoy the season, take care of yourself and your children and remember the best gift you can give, is the gift of health. Take care and see you next year.