So much of the fall season is focused on Halloween. But there’s so much more to the season than just that single day! I’m sharing some sweetly simple ways to connect with your kids this fall and tips on staying healthy well into winter.
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Connect With Your Kids This Fall
The days go by so quickly. It’s true. Before you know it you’re the parent of a high schooler and tears come to your eyes when you think about them leaving the nest in a few short years. That’s where I am right now. So I’m trying to savor the moments and truly connect each chance that I have with my kids. That means putting down the cell phone, looking the kids in the eye when they talk to me and being “quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger”.
As we move into the fall months, there’s a definite shift. There’s more structure with school and activities after the slower pace of summer. The holidays are approaching and we all start to mentally gear up for that. And if you’re lucky, there’s a cooler change in the temperature come autumn. The fall season is the perfect time to make connections. I have a few simple suggestions and some tips on keeping the family healthy as you move into winter.
Cook a Fall Favorite Meal Together
Autumn is one of my favorite times to cook. In the first week of October, I’ve already prepared our seasonal favorites like broccoli cheese soup, beef stew and pot roast with carrots and potatoes, yum! Include the kids in the meal prep by asking them which dinner they’d like to help with. I love asking my kids what they want to eat because they always remind me of meals we haven’t fixed in a long time. Then have the kids assist with age-appropriate tasks to get the dish prepared together. I know my kids always seem to have a better appetite when they’ve invested the time in making the meal, too.
Family Game Night
After the busy week with school and evening activities, it’s wonderful to reconnect with a fun family game. Choose something age-appropriate to play so everyone can participate, or just tweak the rules a bit for the younger kids. Charades is always a great game! A puzzle that is set out on a card table is another fun choice. Seems that when the puzzle is out, everyone gathers around and chats while tracking down puzzle pieces. What a wonderful way to connect with your kids this fall.
Get Outside With Your Kids
In between the daily school “taxi” and weekend soccer games, it’s important to carve out some free play time outside with the kids this autumn. Take an hour or more to go hiking, bird-watching, or leaf-peeping together. Ride bikes, throw a football back and forth or take fall photos of the kid jumping into the leaf pile. My kids love to collect fall “souvenirs” outside on our walks, like over-sized pine cones, extra-pretty leaves, or interesting looking sticks. A fall-themed table top display is a sweet way to show off the collection.
Bake a Healthy Treat
Finally, the weather is cool enough in the evenings to turn on the oven! We don’t serve dessert to the kids every night so when we do have a treat, it’s always a big hit. Bake up individual pies in small tart pans to control portion sizes. Fall pies like apple and pumpkin can be made lower in sugar and fat for a seasonal healthy treat.
Host an In-Home Reading Contest
On a cool crisp weekend, we love to curl up with a great book and read the afternoon away! Fortunately my kids all enjoy reading, so a simple “reading contest” is in the works for autumn. Give each kid a personalized reading chart with individual goals (and simple prizes, of course!) Check with your local library as well and see if they are hosting any reading contests during the fall season.
Make a Mess with Pumpkin Painting
Rather than opening our fall pumpkins and cleaning out the guts, we choose to paint our pumpkins instead. Yes, it’s messy fun but our pumpkins last longer than if we carve them. Also everyone can participate from the toddler to the teens. And I love how creative my kids get with their unique paintings!
Staying Healthy in Autumn
At home here in San Diego, our fall weather is strange to say the least! It can be 40 degrees in the morning and overnight but then temperatures sky-rocket back into the arid 90s mid-day! The weather shifts can really do a number on our skin, hair and nails. And of course the seasonal colds tend to start at this time too (especially with kids exposed at school). I aim to keep my kids as healthy as possible during fall so everyone begins winter strong and illness free!
I look to products that are good for supporting immune health during these months. CATALO has become a daily staple for my kids. Their kid-friendly formulas contain DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in oily fish (such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, and sardines). DHA is an important component for children’s brain & eye development. Given that many children won’t eat seafood (including my “particular” eaters), I’m thankful for the CATALO children’s formulas.
CATALO Children’s Algae DHA + Omega-3 Vegetarian Gummies are my kids’ favorite. Both the 2.5 year old and 6 year old remind me on a daily basis to give them their vitamin! These vegetarian gummies contain life’sDHA™ and plant-based Omega-3. The chewable gummies have a delicious lemon orange flavor with no fishy taste.
The tiny chewable softgel CATALO Children’s DHA Formula and CATALO Children’s DHA IQ Fish Formula contain 200mg DHA per serving to support children’s brain & eye development. Both contain concentrated Omega 3 made from unpolluted small ocean fishes. Additionally, the CATALO Children’s DHA IQ Fish Formula provides 1.2mg Lutein per serving extracted from U.S. Patented ™FloraGLO Marigold extract to protect eyes from free radicals and blue light. The softgels are lightly flavored (orange and strawberry) however my toddler still detects the fish and won’t eat the softgel alone. Fortunately the softgel can be pierced to consume with food or drink (so I can hide it in her milk!)
What fun autumn activities do you have planned to connect with your kids this fall?
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