Healthy Habits for Kids –
Healthy habits start at home and now that I have two boys in school everyday it’s something I think about more often. I can’t be there 24 hours a day to make sure they are making the best choices so I put together a weekday schedule. It’s printable as well if you would like a copy! Keep reading to see how I prepare each day to go for my boys and how we can all help our children develop healthy habits early on. Consider this a peek into a day in our lives as unexciting as it might be. 🙂
Everyday I wake up the boys at 6:30 am and we start with breakfast, the healthier the better. If time is not an issue we all like eggs with whole grain toast and an apple or banana. Both boys love milk or OJ and me, coffee or green tea is a must! I also make sure they take two Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies with breakfast. I love that they are getting all the vitamins and nutrients necessary to start each day on the right foot. They love that it feels and tastes like they’re getting candy for breakfast. A daily multivitamin is especially important since I can’t see exactly what they are putting in their mouths at lunch. Plus even my husband and I love Nature Made® vitamins. They have no preservatives or yeast and are gluten-free. We purchase ours at Target since it’s practically my second home. You can get a discount and additional information here.
After breakfast they brush their teeth with Tom’s of Maine Natural children’s toothpaste. Then I send them to their room to start making themselves presentable for the day. I love shopping for the boys though a girl would be even better. Sometimes I still pick out Jaiden’s clothes but fortunately he’s getting better at it himself. Jax, the younger of the two, just started kindergarten so I get to dress him in the cutest things and he doesn’t care. I think he will be the one who actually enjoys fashion. Fingers crossed anyway.
When the boys are ready we pile into the car and I take Jaiden to school first. Since he’s the oldest he can get away with being there longer before class starts for the day. I then head back towards our house. Jaxon’s school is very close, within walking distance really but it’s much too hot to do so right now. Once the weather cools down we will do some walking for the extra exercise and fresh air. Anyway, instead of waiting in the drop-off line we park across the street at the grocery store and walk the rest of the way. It’s actually really nice because there is a tunnel that goes underneath the road which it seems was made for exactly this. I am still getting used to seeing Jax off. He’ll be 6 in December but is pretty small for his age and just looks so damn cute and tiny going into school. While shooting this post he was napping so he missed the opportunity to be seen this time around.
Here’s the schedule I made up. If you would like a copy just right-click and open in a new tab for the PDF. 🙂
After working at home all day on the blog and online sales I pick up the kids. I get Jax first because once again it’s easier for Jaiden to be at school a bit longer than the rambunctious 5-year-old. Poor guy isn’t quite used to school yet. Even with a daily nap time he almost always falls asleep within 5 minutes of being in the car. I let him nap but not too long or he’ll never want to sleep at night. So I send the boys outside to ride bikes, run around and generally just act like the crazy boys they are. After about 30 minutes they head inside for a healthy snack then it’s back to business and homework!
While they are working on their ABC’s and 123’s (or algebra and shapes) I get back to work usually packaging up shipments in between helping them when I can. Chandler comes home around 5:30 on most days so I usually wait until then to start dinner. I am not the best cook though I do enjoy it. Unfortunately for me I am best at following recipes when I want to do something fun and different which can get expensive so I usually choose from an arsenal of 5 dishes. We all love whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce, broccoli and turkey meatballs so that’s a definite go-to.
After dinner I let the boys play video games or head back outside as long as all homework is complete. Then it’s time to settle in, settle down and prepare to do it all again the next day. Jaiden loves to take long showers so I keep trying to drill it into him that quicker is better to conserve water. Jax prefers baths which is great and relaxes him. After they are squeaky clean from head to toe including those pearly whites pajamas are put on and we head to bed with a book. Two of their current favorites are pictured here, Tollins Explosive Tales for Children by Conn Iggulden is one. The other is called A Treasury of Children’s Literature which has 30 classics from The Three Little Pigs to Paul Bunyan to Rapunzel. I love it! Both boys are usually asleep by the time we are done reading so (thank god!) it’s now adult time! That is a whole other post though. So tell me, what tips and tricks do you use to help your children develop healthy habits? I’d love to know some new ones in the comments!
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