When all things went on lockdown in March this year we, as parents, had an immensely difficult situation to explain to our children. Now, on the eve of the new school year, we are again faced with a seemingly impossible conversation. How can we make this easier?
In some capacity we will all be navigating a piece of our worlds virtually this fall. School. Work. Self-care. Exercise. After a summer of perhaps more low-key living, we again find ourselves on the cusp of a school year that will look completely different from anything we have ever seen before. As we enter this uncertainty (and “Into the Unknown” rings in my head… thanks, Frozen II), we'd would like to offer a few pieces of advice to you.
This summer, while we're feeling like we're missing out because most 'things' are cancelled, we are happy that exercising is NOT one of them! In fact, on the spectrum of safe activities to engage in right now, exercising outdoors alone or in small groups is very low risk!
An international pandemic. Leap year. Daylight Savings Time. A full moon. Friday the 13th AND a new trending phrase ‘social distancing’ happening all in the same week. Whoa mama! By nature we are all social beings who need community and interaction with others. Social gatherings boost our serotonin levels, and help us learn how to connect on a deeper level. So with schools closing, events canceled, and social distancing, how do we maintain our community when in isolation?
Planning meals and snacks for yourself each week is on trend...and hard. Once you add a partner or spouse and kids of different ages to the mix it can quickly become overwhelming. Do I make separate meals for everyone’s different preferences? Do I have to have every meal and snack planned out? How do I make mealtimes more peaceful? How do I stop a food fight? These are all real concerns that even a dietician mom faces each and every day.
Check out these tips for feeding the whole family:
What do you want mealtime to look like in your home? Less stressful? Maybe a little more fun? Do you have dreams of your kids being involved and it not being complete chaos? No promises on that last one, but here are a few tips to get mealtime running a little more smoothly for the family.
Becoming a full-time stay-at-home mom (SAHM) to my two VERY active boys is a blessing and I enjoy it, but it's also a challenge (like, will I ever pee alone again?). One of the hardest decisions that I had to make was whether or not to leave my teaching career to stay home..and it was not a decision I took lightly and, in fact, I relied heavily on my tribe of Baby Boot Camp Moms for input. Now I'm here and I'm ready to share some words of wisdom.