Category Archives: Health

Back to School=Germs?

It has already happened. Three kids were out sick from my kid’s classroom.  I know that means the germs are coming — so it is time to get ready to fight back. School season seems to make the germs stronger. As parents we can sometimes feel that there is no way to combat the germs the kids encounter while at school. But there are lots of ways to help our kids stay strong in the face of germs.

  1. Eat healthier foods to promote wellness fruits, veggies, and proteins are great try to cut out or lower foods filled with fats and sugars since the cause the system to slow down and not be able to combat the germs as they are introduced.
  2. Make sure that your kids had a solid sleep routine. The hours of sleep can make a difference in how an immune system rebuilds and cares for itself. Try to promote good sleep with a regular bedtime routine.
  3. HAND WASHING! We have heard this one a million times and it seems like a no-brainer. But honestly that is because it is so true. Germs come from the surfaces we touch everyday. Then we touch our face and the germs latch right on to the mucus membrane and implant themselves. Washing regularly minimizes this. Make sure your kids wash well, with warm water, and soap. The most important part is to scrub hard. Make sure they create lots of friction to the entire hand (even between fingers and under nails!) Supplying them with hand sanitizer at school makes a huge difference too!
  4.  Do not share ANYTHING!! Sharing food, food utensils, and other gear at school is a very quick way to contract germs. If you must share balls, books, etc at school then be sure to properly wash hands after.
  5. Washing backpacks and lunchboxes periodically makes a difference as well. Lunchboxes can be washed with some warm water and soap and left to air-dry. So can most backpacks. You can also use sanitized wipes or essential oil sprays like Thieves spray.
  6. Try to eliminate stress or minimize it by keeping the kids active. Give them lots of outdoor time. They can play, burn off energy, get fresh air, and vitamin D from the sun. It can also aid them in getting better sleep!

These all seem like simple solutions (and you must be thinking they won’t work, or I already do most of these) but by keeping these small routines in our day we can help make this germ season a little less yucky.

Before you speak, THINK: Back to School and Bullying

Many of our kids are back at school this month. This means they are back to the daily grind of making friends, doing math, reading, playing, and in some cases interacting with bullies. Now not everyone deals with bullying head on. Some kids are being bullied, some kids are witnessing someone being bullied, and some kids are the bully.

We are not here to judge. Kids are human. They have bad days, bad weeks, and bad lives. They are immature, uneducated, and in many cases being guided improperly or not at all. So it is understandable that bullying exists in their world. It is a part of learning how to deal with emotions, other people, and the world around them. Now when it exists into adulthood is when it is an obvious problem, and in many cases a choice or lifestyle.

In many cases with kids it can be helped, or prevented. As parents we can make our kids aware of the damage caused by bullying. The damage it causes to the victim and the bully, and to the people around them. Bullying come sin many forms, physical, emotional, and cyber are the main ones in childhood. Girls tend to stick to gossip, rumors, and leaving other people out. In today’s world this can happen in person at school, sports, activities, neighborhoods, and on the internet. However, girls are perpetrators of physical bullying as well. Boys tend to be more physical than emotional, but can use both. Combating bullying can be difficult. One of the major ways it has been found to be effectively dealt with though is addressing it before it starts. This means making sure all kids understand the results of their behavior and treatment of others.

Teachers Pay Teachers has an excellent tool for kids to address their actions before they do or say something. THINK. 

This little acronym addresses the things you should consider before saying or doing something. It is a quick reminder to THINK before you speak.

If you have a student going back to school, or you are a teacher preparing a classroom try printing or ordering this little sign. It is an excellent reminder to try to be kind and not hurt others, even if we don’t mean to hurt them.

Here at The Boy’s Store we hope that everyone has a safe and fun new year at school, and that everyone THINK’s before they speak! Enjoy!

Teaching Kids About Emotions: What They Can Control

I have a worrier. I should have expected it, after all, I am a worrier. To be exact, I have Anxiety Disorder. You would think that I could understand my child more, because I too suffer from this issue. But would you believe me when I say that it actually makes it much worse? I know why they feel this way, but since I have no control over my own emotions, fears, and anxieties I have no idea how to help the, deal with theirs. It is a terrible feeling being unable to help your child get deal with something you cannot even deal with.

Since my kids are returning to school soon, I wanted to help my worrier be ready and find some ways to deal with things. I found this really helpful teacher set from Teachers Pay Teachers. It is meant to help teachers show their students how to deal with emotions in the classroom, but I have found it to be a very helpful tool at home as well.

I ordered the digital version and printed it out at home. we put it in the bedroom and it has helped my worrier to visualize what they can and cannot control in their world. We look at it when we are in the midst of an anxiety episode. We see what we can control, and remind ourselves what is outside of our control. We talk about what we can go do instead to ease our worry, we even made a list of ways that we love to ease our fears and anxieties. Now we are on our way to helping one another deal with our overly active emotions.