This post is written in collaboration with Goldfish Swim School. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I can’t believe winter break is already here. Winter break is filled with holidays and family time but for us mamas it brings along the worry of how to keep our kids healthy during winter break because it’s cold and flu season too. Since I know that I’m not the only mama worrying about staying healthy, I’m sharing a few ways to keep your kids healthy. They’re simple tips that don’t require anything elaborate and are simple enough for your kids to keep up with no matter how old they are.
5 Ways to Stay Healthy During Winter Break
1. Stay Active
During the school year, Tatiana gets recess time and PE a few times a week. Of course being at home during winter break, she doesn’t have that. Staying active during the break is a great way to do that. One of our favorite ways to stay active is with swim classes at Goldfish Swim School.
Swimming is an amazing and fun way for kids to stay active. Not only are they learning an important life skill but they’re having fun while doing it. Goldfish Swim School has become a huge part of our weekly routine and Tatiana insisted that it become a part of our winter routine as well. One of the benefits of being a part of their family is that they offer jump start clinics that are great for families who want to condense a month’s worth of lessons into one week.
2. Eat healthy snacks
Stock up on healthy snacks for winter break. If your kids are anything like mine then they’re constantly eating. I mean constantly. It seems like every 10 minutes Tatiana is asking me for a snack. Before winter break began, I stocked up on healthy snacks that were filled with protein. Fruits and veggies are a great option too if you can get your kids to eat them.
One of the things that we love about Goldfish is being able to stop at the snack shack after our lesson for a healthy snack. It really helps to re-energize Tatiana after her lesson.
3. Wash hands
I can’t stress the importance of washing hands. It’s super important to teach your kids how to wash their hands properly if they want to stay healthy during winter break. Washing hands can help prevent the spreading of germs especially during play dates or when you’re out in public. If you can’t wash your hands while you’re out, be sure to take plenty of hand sanitizer with you.
4. Stick to a routine
Don’t allow yourself or your kids to fall into the habit of sleeping in during winter break. I promise it will be so much harder to get back into a morning routine when winter break is over. Don’t get me wrong, sleeping in is okay but you should do it wisely. Allowing everyone an extra hour on some days is completely fine.
We allow Tatiana to sleep in on weekends for as long as she likes but during the week we try to keep her on somewhat of a schedule so that her body doesn’t get out of whack.
5. Drink plenty of water and get enough sleep
Your body needs water and sleep to keep going. Keeping your kids hydrated during winter break will help keep them going. Since your schedule will be chock full of family visits and activities, you want to keep those healthy snacks and water bottles with you so that your kids don’t crash. The last thing that you want is for your kids to throw a full on tantrum because they’re so exhausted and hungry.