Guest blog by Sam Hadadi,
Back to School Tips
September always has us excited about change – it’s the perfect time for turning over a new leaf and welcoming a new start.
With summer drawing to a close, September is also the time to send the kids back to school (oh, how we miss shopping for new school stationery!) and get yourself prepared so you can give them the best possible start for the new year.
Yet, if you find yourself swamped by mountains of school uniform, endless pencil cases and shiny new lunchboxes, then the rest can seem overwhelming.
However, we’re here to help all you frazzled mums and dads with our top tips for the new school term:
Packing a Healthy Lunchbox:
1) Try new and exciting things. Make fruit exciting by creating a fruit slaw, or supply tubs of hummus with veggies instead of a sandwich. You could even try drawing faces or writing messages on boiled eggs or banana skins!
2) Even fussy eaters should be given a variety of different foods (plus old favourites so you know they won’t go hungry). They’re more likely to try new foods when eagle-eyed mum’s not watching.
3) Try leftovers – if they liked it the night before, they’ll probably love it the next day cold!
4) Involve your child – By asking your little one to make their lunch with you, they’re more likely to try the foods. Ask for their help in selecting the snacks you give them and let them have a say.
5) Supply your child with a small range of foods, as they can be overwhelmed by huge portions. If they always seem to dive in for the same foods over and over, don’t be worried – simply try adding new foods slowly!
- Sleep – a new school year means sleep is a must. A new schooler needs at least 11-12 hours a night, which is crucial for helping them to stay happy, alert and firing on all cylinders.
- Breakfast1 – eating the right foods for breakfast is key to a good start to any morning. Try to avoid sugar-packed cereals and instead aim for filling, nutritional foods such as eggs – pancakes/omelettes/eggs on toast; fruit; smoked salmon; home-made smoothies (with smoothies you can also disguise vegetables such as spinach) or porridge with banana and blueberries.
- Walk to school if possible – getting enough fresh air can give children essential vitamin D, lower their risk of depression and hyperactivity and also boost creativity. Win, win!
- Exercise – while kids don’t need to embark on a training programme, exercise is key to keeping them in good spirits. Take them to the park for a run around, go swimming, or encourage them to join a team sport. It’ll have the added bonus of tiring them out!
- Drink – too many children don’t drink enough water, and this can affect performance in school. Make sure your child is getting plenty of water – and go easy on the sugary drinks! A recent article2 showed the importance of keeping your children hydrated.
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