Usually by the end of the summer break my kids are done. My oldest especially looks forward to the routine of school, and honestly, I look forward to having my days back to myself. As a work-at-home mom my biggest challenge is carving out time for my work during the summer, and getting the right balance between summer fun, friends, activities, and camp. What I don’t look forward to is getting sick as soon as we get back to our September routine. Hence the need for health tips for kids going back to school especially the younger ones who share germs along with everything else at school. So here goes!
5 Health Tips For Kids Incl the Turmeric Lolly
Wash Hands. This sounds simple enough but with everything that’s going on in school kids forget. And even if the hands make contact with soap and water you still may not end up with clean hands. Kids need reminders. Soap, lather, rinse, get between the fingers, and take your time.
Hydrate. At least 5-6 glasses of liquid and I know it’s easier said than done. Over the summer I made flavoured water with mint and lemon and that became a part of our daily routine. This week even though it’s been a warm September the kids’ water bottles are coming back half empty. Getting enough water is your body is important for managing stress and feeling healthy.
Eat Breakfast. I know we are all in a rush to get out the door but breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. My mom says it so it must be true. Make a plan and stick to it, and give the older kids bigger responsibilities. Get up 10 mins earlier if you have to, sleeping-in is overrated anyway!
Get to bed on time. That’s our biggest hurdle in the first week of school. The kids get used to waking up early but not as much going to bed on time and I see the effect at the end of the week. If your kids are grumpy or cranky or burst into tears easily perhaps it’s their sleep.
Boost immunity. This is the big one. September is a weird month – it’s not cool yet but you know winter is coming. This is the time to boost the body’s immunity and get it ready for winter. Turmeric-haldi in Hindi-is a great way to strengthen the body from the inside. Research has proven time and again that certain herbs and spices have health-boosting benefits, and turmeric is a super star on that list. Growing up my brother and I had very few “absent from school” days and I can blame turmeric. Its tough though to get the kids to eat it, and what works with my very picky little eater – Chocolate Haldi Lollipop.
Chocolate Turmeric Lolly
This is my secret weapon against cold and flu that boosts the kids’ immunity during the long winter, and comes all wrapped up in their favourite food – chocolate.
How to make Chocolate Turmeric Lolly
Take 7-8 chocolate chips or a small square of chocolate in a cup. Melt for 30-40 seconds in the microwave and add in a third of a teaspoon of ground turmeric. Stir with a spoon.
The chocolate is the glue that sticks the haldi to the spoon, and it turns into a chocolate-turmeric lollipop. I discovered this miracle last year when I was having a tough time with all of us sick at the same time, and I could not get the kids eating turmeric. Since then it has formed part of our regular routine and the kids even ask for it as dessert!!
Back to school is a tough time for kids and parents and I look forward to all of us of staying healthy through this stressful time. How do you stay healthy in September?