This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
The long days of playing have come to an end for many that have returned to school. My kids have a couple of weeks left so I’m in back-to-school mode. We are saying goodbye to long summer evenings outdoors, finishing up our back-to-school shopping by getting all the savings we can and getting back on track to early morning routines.
School can be stressful for any child, any age including parents. Your child may be heading to their first full day of kindergarten or heading to middle/high school for the first time. Possibly your child is the new child at school or riding the bus for the first time. Kids adjust easier than we think but change can be very tense. Help ease those first day of school jitters with a few tips to help your child that may have a bit of anxiety heading back to school.
Create Routines: Routines are the best thing you can do at the start of the school year. There is nothing worse then hectic mornings. Everyone wants calm which is why we have already begun by going to bed early. When school begins make sure to set a homework time (we complete homework right after school snack), lay clothes out for the next day, early bedtime and figure out if your child will be buying or bringing lunch. If bringing, make their lunch the night before. Don’t forget to reset those alarm clocks to guarantee you are up on time.
Freshen Up on Hygiene: This is extremely important to emphasize hygiene to your children to help keep them free of germs. Remind them to wash their hands after using the restroom, before eating and after playing outdoors. Also, show them the right way to sneeze or cough. All children need to remember to brush their teeth twice a day and possibly rinse with an anti-cavity rinse such as Listerine Smart Rinse.
Choose Healthy: Many children are permitted to bring snacks and water to school. If your child is allowed, pack healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables, nuts, crackers, popcorn or granola bars. Sugary snacks can lead to sluggish, tired children or extremely hyper children. Offer them healthy snacks that will leave their bellies happy & full and remember to always feed a healthy breakfast so they can start their day off right.
Teach at Home: School begins at home. Without parents helping their children, they may fall behind requiring extra help in subjects. Read to your child or have them read 15 minutes per day, work on sight words, math and spelling – every single day!
Save Money Year Round: Saving money on items you or your child needs during the school year, needs to be done year round. Whether your child needs acne control products, you or your tween/teen daughters are in need of body lotion, more items for your first-aid kit such as Band-Aids or the children allergies are kicking in and children’s Benadryl is needed, Healthy Essentials is here to help you save. With over $40 in printable coupons, tips & tools, Healthy Essentials is here to get parents and kids through the day. Visit Healthy Essentials to save on products for re-energizing your back-to-school routine!
Additional savings you will find over at Healthy Essentials:
Save $1.00 on JOHNSON’S® Baby NO MORE TANGLES® or Extra Conditioning hair care product (excludes sizes 1 oz.-4 oz., JOHNSON’S® BUDDIES® and JOHNSON’S® KIDS® products)
• Save $2.00 on any (2) AVEENO® products (excludes cleansing bars and moisturizing bars, trial sizes and 2.5 oz. lotion sizes)
• Save $2.00 on any (1) RoC® Anti-Aging product
• Save $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Cleansing, Moisture, or Acne product
• Save $1.00 on any (1) SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Product
• Save $1.50 on any (1) VISINE® product (0.5 fl. oz. or larger)
• Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash, or (1) LISTERINE®NATURALSTM Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE, or (1) LISTERINE® ZERO®, or (1) LISTERINE® FLUORIDE DEFENSE® Anticavity Mouthwash product (Valid on products 1L or larger)
Let this back-to-school season be a good one. Be there for your children to take away those jitters. And moms, dads or grandparents, remember to take some time for yourself so you can feel refreshed. Hit the spa, go for a run and sneak in a nap. Or why not join us for the BIGGEST back-to-school Twitter Party!
Date: Wednesday, August 27
Time: 1 p.m. ET (noon CT / 10 a.m. PT)
What: Share your suggestions for re-energizing your routine for the new school year.
Prizes: We’ll be giving away 15 prizes – each including an assortment of HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® products worth approx. $50.
What are your back-to-school tips?