The school holidays are already well underway here and it’s inevitable with the school holidays that healthy eating might fall by the way side, bedtime routines are stretched in favour of travelling for family days out and family rules are often overlooked. I’m certainly guilty of relaxing my parenting style during holiday periods. In partnership with Push Doctor, I’ve been taking a look at their latest guide ‘How to Keep Your Kids Healthy This Summer in 5 Easy Steps‘ to see what advice their experienced doctors and nutritionists suggest for keeping the kids on top form this summer.
Watch what your children eat
In the school holidays, the opportunities for children to eat more junk food than normal are plentiful. Theme parks, beach side vendors and park cafes often sell crisps, sweets and chocolates and the temptation for children to ignore these treats is often too much. Push Doctor suggests making healthy homemade snacks; it’s ideal as an activity to keep the children busy in the kitchen, you know what healthy ingredients are in the snacks and they can be packed as part of a picnic. Everyone loves a good picnic. Make your own sandwiches, seasonal fruit bowls and snacks and you’ll be sure to save a few pennies too.
Make sure your kids stay active
As much as you think your child is active and on-the-go all day, the temptation to stay indoors and play on electronic devices is huge for children of our generation. The doctors over at Push Doctor advise that children need at least an hour of physical activity every day. Swimming is hugely popular during the school holidays with many leisure centres offering incentives for families to swim regularly. If you’re on a budget, get outside with the children on their bikes. Go for family bike rides around your local area, you might even find a new park or beauty spot.
Sun safety for kids
Getting outside with the children this summer can boost your family’s Vitamin D intake which Push Doctor advise is vital for maintaining strong bones and muscles. It’s important to ensure your family are safe in the sun, whether it’s abroad in the heat or even during the cloudy, overcast summer days we are familiar with here in the UK. Make sure your children wear sunscreen, that has an SPF of 30 or above and ensure it’s applied every hour or so to keep them protected. Keep children out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm as this is when the sunlight is at it’s strongest.
Keep those brains busy
Keeping little minds active during the holidays doesn’t always mean running a classroom based activity. Push Doctor recommend taking the children to the library to pick out some new books to read, libraries are free for children to use and have a wealth of fantastic books to choose from. Visit your local museums and encourage the children to write or draw about their favourite bits from the visit when you get home.
Encourage good sleep habits
Did you know too much sleep is as bad as too little sleep? Well unless you have teenage children, you probably won’t have to worry about children lying in bed during the morning. On average, children aged between 6-13 years old, need 9-11 hours of sleep every night and one of the biggest sleep thieves out there is an electronic device which emits a blue light which keeps children alert. Push Doctor recommends removing electronic devices from bedrooms or at least leaving them further than at arms reach to prevent them being used and disturbing established sleep patterns.
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Disclosure: I have been asked to write this post by Push Doctor but all thoughts and words are my own