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I know that sounds strange and fruitless in this world in which we have much less control than we want, but sometimes I can’t help myself. I find myself getting a bit nervous about the start of school, because we were all four hit so hard by viruses last season. And with it still being warm out, we are subject to cuts, bruises and insect stings. In fact, Des got stung by a wasp yesterday! My kids do get their fair share of injuries and illnesses, but mostly, they are hearty, glowing and energetic kids.
True to form, I get nervous at their back-to-school checkups every summer, but I always walk away knowing what I’ve always known. We are doing something right. What are we doing? We are trying to focus on our emotional, social and physical health.
– Take care of yourself first. I know it sounds selfish, but it’s the opposite. I have struggled with situational anxiety here and there, and I have vowed not to let it affect my parenting. I’m also a much better family member when I’m well-rested, eating balanced meals, and getting some alone time too. Another important thing, that I’m not saying we’re perfect at – by any means – but it’s important to model love and respect for Cassidy in front of the kids. We’re their role models, odd as that is!
– Outdoors times! We are lucky to have four acres at home, so the kids can run around and not worry about cars in the road or nosy neighbors. We do have to worry about bears, skunks and coyotes, though! It’s also fun to go to the large dog park.
– We have a sense of humor! I mean, come on. This is hard work. Marriage is good hard work, and parenting is good hard work. We try to get by with our senses of humor, and a lot of patience. I don’t have a lot of that stuff, but I’m working on it.
– Time with other loved ones! We all need ample time with our friends and relatives. The kids have six grandparents!
– Scarlet calls it a “feast.” I call it dinner together, with conversation and balanced meals. Let’s be honest – getting kids to eat their vegetables isn’t easy with every kid, but it’s such a victory when it happens naturally and effectively.
– Teach them what we love to do, don’t push it when they may not love it the way we do, and nurture and support what they love to do. Scarlet loves to do photography with me, and she loves to help Cassidy in the vegetable/fruit garden we have.
– Teach age-appropriate life skills – manners, chores, good hygiene habits. It pays off in the end!
– Participate in the rewards program at your local Walgreens, so that you can buy the right products for your family when needed. Every time I go to the cash register and see how much I’ve saved, I say aloud that it’s a no-brainer to have a rewards program. Especially with two active kids, and wanting to take care of ourselves too!
Walgreens has a Balance Rewards program for healthy choices app that lets you earn points for completing activities that you are ALREADY doing for your health and fitness lifestyle. With back to school coming, this healthy choices app will help you stay on track with achieving your health and fitness goals through the school year. I stop by the Johnson & Johnson display:
Like I said before, it’s a no-brainer for us. Staying healthy is so important to us, and life is about to get a lot busier. We use these products to support our everyday health and wellness routines all summer long, and during back-to school time. Des seems to need a Band-Aid and Neosporin daily, and both kids are learning more about oral hygiene, so we always keep mouthwash on hand.
Earn 2,000 Walgreens Balance Rewards points ($2 reward) when you buy any two J&J Healthy Essentials participating products from 7/26/15 – 8/29/15. Check out more information about the Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices app HERE.