Can you believe that summer vacation is nearly over and it’s almost time to head back to school? Wellness and lifestyle expert, Terra Wellington joined me for an interview yesterday to share helpful tips on how parents can help their children adjust to a new school schedule, the secret to packing a delicious and healthy lunch and safety tips for parents and kids.
Candace Rose: How can parents adjust to a new school schedule?
Terra Wellington: “It can be really tough, we’ve been a flex schedule right now, so the keys to that would be to plan ahead and agree on a routine. I’m here on behalf of several companies that I’ll talk about today. Some quick useful tips would be to plot out your bed times and your wake times. Also, keep a calendar and to use it.
Also, look to stocking up on those nutritious lunch box items and for drinks you can look into V-Blends from Good to Grow. This is a family owned company and this is my secret way to actually get my kids to eat their vegetables with this drink and they’ll like the taste too. These are fruit and veggie juices like strawberry kiwi. You might have seen them, they have the recognizable sippatop caps, which means you’re not going to have that mess, so it’s a win for the whole family.”
Candace Rose: Is it more difficult to stay healthy and when families are in the school time rush?
Terra Wellington: “Yeah, it can, but it really depends on your meal planning and your stocked pantry. I recommend that families only go to the grocery store once a week because this will make them have a list when they go. It will save them time and it will also help you have better nutrition, not only for your meals but also your snacks. Something that I recently discovered that can really help with a time saver with snacks is NatureBox. It’s an affordable monthly snack box service with free shipping. It’s delivered right to your front door for on the go moms like me. They have over 100 nutritionist approved snacks including vegan, gluten free, dairy free. Also for the kid popular items are the mango orange fruit chews and the whole wheat strawberry figgy bars.”
Candace Rose: Kids safety is also a concern for parents. Do you have any tips for them?
Terra Wellington: “Yes, so 25% of the over 14 million accidental injuries to children every year, happen in or around schools – so this would be on the playground like at recess when they bump into something or they fall. Of course if they have a head injury, then you want to consider taking them into the doctor.
For those everyday bumps and bruises you can do what I do at home, I have a homeopathic drawer and in it it’s well stocked with lots of things, but one of them is Arnicare Gel. This is used for swelling from injuries and bruising, it helps to relieve muscle pain and stiffness. There’s no fragrance and no mess because it’s not greasy.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Terra Wellington: “Make sure that your children are getting nine to 11 hours of sleep each night. It sounds like a lot, but this is recommended from the Mayo Clinic because it will help with good grades, it’ll help them with their success, they’ll feel better, they’ll be healthier. At the very least shoot for those eight hours and studies show that the closer you get to seven hours and beyond, you increase your mental awareness and alertness. It’s good for adults and kids alike. The top tip with that is just sleep means school success.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Terra Wellington: “You can go to my website TerraWellington.com. I have links there to everything I have talked about, as well as some additional safety tips and school reminders.”