It’s finally here, everyone. We can all eventually take a breath and take a load off because we’ve survived 2021 and that in and of itself is worthy of a party.
And party we shall because as the holiday season is upon us, already invitations and RSVPs are flying all around and that’s not just limited to moms and dads. Our kids are also going to be invited to winter parties, birthday parties, early Christmas parties, and Thanksgivings, and even if you’re lucky enough to live in the south, that doesn’t mean you’ll escape all of the cold weather, and that means – keeping an eye on our kid’s healthcare. Especially now.
KEEP THEM ACTIVE
During school time and warmer weather, our kids are out and about and enjoying the sunshine with their friends at school, in sporting activities, and in playtime besides. But as the colder weather sets in, it can be far too tempting to remain indoors in front of the computer or TV.
So encourage your children to stay active (safely and warmly, mind you) and maintain their friendships with their schoolmates and friends during the holidays.
WORK IN HEALTHY OPTIONS INTO HOLIDAY MEALS
We don’t want to kill the fun of the holidays, and if you’ve been keeping a close eye on food and treat intake throughout the rest of the year, it can be a nice reward to “fall off the wagon” a little at this time of year. But keep healthy options on the menu and some great tasting healthy juices for kids, and use the treats as the reward system.
It is essential to keep your kids as healthy as possible at all times, but this time of the year could be prone to getting caught in the rainstorms or snow showers and icy weather. Even if you don’t live in a state with extreme weather, it’s all relative.
FIGHT THE FLU (HERE IT COMES)
Believe it or not, the Coronavirus hasn’t killed every other kind, and there are still regular colds and flu that you need to take care of and worry about, so keep an eye out for telltale signs of illness in your children. Running noses, warm foreheads, and sweaty palms can mean that all is not as it should be.
Early detection is key to getting a grip on faster recovery and healing times, and then, of course, there is still that other flu doing the rounds as well. While it seems that children are superheroes when fighting the Coronavirus, your 75-year-old parents living with you may not be.
So just a little bit of vigilance goes a long way.
KEEPING HOLIDAY TRAVEL HEALTHY
Suppose you are going away for the holidays, good for you! It’s time to start engaging with our world again, and if you’re keeping it local, even better – our tourism and hospitality industry is in desperate need of support.
But, you need to take extra precautions when traveling in the winter with your children. If you’re flying, you’re going to be surrounded by thousands of other passengers, of which you have no idea what their personal health profiles are. So keep your children (and your whole family, for that matter) stocked on vitamins, keep hand sanitizer in easy reach, tissues, and masks. This is one area where these annoying things could actually prove quite helpful.
Also, plan your flights and travel times with some extra care and avoid peak travel times and locations.
Through it, all, remember the most important thing of all: have fun WITH your kids! Create events and activities that your whole family can be a part of, and have a merry, happy holiday season.