3 Self-Care Hacks to Help Your Kids This Fall
Let’s face it: back-to-school is never easy, but this year is going to be crazyyyy!
Let’s face it: back-to-school is never easy, but this year is going to be crazyyyy! In order to deal with the 2423083 things your kids are feeling not-so-hot about, you need some quick hacks under your belt to keep them chill when things heat up. Self-care is always important, but these sweet & simple tips are more necessary now than ever! Here are some of my fave go-to self-care hacks for kids, straight from my book Math Hacks.
Self-Care Hack #1: Make Nighttime The Best Time!
With schedules seeming like they’re all over the place, none of us have been in the habit of sticking to a routine. With the school year around the corner, now is the time to get kids used to structure by implementing a fancy shmancy bedtime routine – it all starts with bedtime, right?! Create a routine that kids can get excited about and include fancy activities like a bubble bath, glass of milk, tooth-brushing session to a favourite song, and a snuggly bedtime story. Take the time to figure out what YOUR kid’s magic night time routine is and come up with a plan that makes them feel relaxed, happy, and ready for bed EVERY night. Soon they’ll look forward to their new habit, and will wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day EVERY morning!
Self-Care Hack #2: Snack Smart!
I’m finding that a lot of parents are struggling with feeding their kids at regular intervals because everything is so all over the place these days! I find that usually when kids seem tired and irritable throughout the school day, it’s often tied to hunger. Make sure your kids have small, healthy snacks on-hand throughout the day so that they can self-fuel when needed. Batch your snacks so you’re making them all one day a week (or grabbing them all on a massive weekly grocery run!), and then you’ve got what you need, when you need it! Stick a few snacks in your kid’s backpack every morning, and you’re good to go!
Self-Care Hack #3: Get Thirsty!
One of the MAIN reasons that kids get tired and grumpy throughout the day is because they’re thirsty…and don’t even KNOW it! I know that seems weird, like shouldn’t you KNOW if you’re thirsty? Well yes, but not always! Get your kid a water bottle that they love love love, and stick it in their backpack. I love the ones with the little measurements on the side – they make you feel like you’re winning at something with every gulp! Make sure to tell them that every hour they should have a few big gulps of water, just to be EXTRA sure that their body isn’t secretly thirsty. When at home, leave a pitcher of water with chopped up fruit and ice in it so that your kid can refill their glass as needed. Spoiler: The floating fruit makes it more tempting – whatever it takes, right?
About the author: Vanessa is the founder and director of The Math Guru, a super cool boutique math & science tutoring studio in Toronto, offering all programs online and in-studio. She is also the author of Math Hacks, a new book that totally makes math fun, stress-free and relatable for young kids and parents AND she is the host of a new podcast called Math Therapy, where Vanessa helps guests work through their math trauma, one problem at a time! Her #goals are to be Lady-Gaga-famous and to totally change math culture so that STEM is finally as cool and accessible as basically every single Taylor Swift song ever. She failed Grade 11 math twice, which was the best thing that ever happened to her. Side note but totally relevant: Vanessa is a founding member of Toronto indie-rock band Goodnight, Sunrise. Mindy Kaling is her idol and Vanessa believes that she should be yours too.