eVitality Voices: The Blog
There was a time when I used to look forward to the fall time change. With an extra hour of sleep, who wouldn’t? My biggest problem used to be making sure that I didn’t stay up an hour longer because I knew I would be getting an extra hour of sleep. Now-a-days, I’m not a big fan of time change...because now I have kids. Kids and time change don’t mix; especially for the fall time change. If your child is an early riser, you better put the coffee pot on a timer because chances are you’re going to need it when your little one rises before the crack of dawn. And to think we used to cringe when we rolled over to see 6:00 on the clock. Let's try 5:00! I used to (almost) look forward to the spring time change because I believed that my children might “sleep in” since the clocks were moving ahead an hour. They usually slept until 6, so now they should sleep in until 7, right? Wrong!
Even before they are born, the health of our children is very important to us as parents. Parents are also beginning to become more aware that the health habits formed in childhood can have a direct impact on our health as adults. For this reason, it is very important to establish proper eating habits and make physical activity a regular part of our daily lives. However our good intentions are often thwarted by a toddler who has thrown his potatoes and carrots on the floor for the umpteenth time or the preschooler who refuses to eat anything but plain pasta. Now-a-days, with all the game systems and tablets that are widely available, it can be hard to convince even a six year old to turn off the screens and get active.
For some, it is the most wonderful time of the year. For others, it means that another summer has just flown by and it's back to regular routines. This year, I experienced a little bit of both. My family and I had a very busy summer and it seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye. Yet the last two weeks it was almost as if my children flicked a switch and their behaviour and frequent boredom signalled to me that they were ready to head back to school. It felt strange to say that because my son hadn't even been to school yet, but they definitely needed something different than the freedom of summer routines.