Happy Holidays! The JumpStart Toys team wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday and New Year!
We have five tips for helping young children enjoy the holidays:
Substitute fruit for candy - Too much sugar can make children hyper and make it harder to fall asleep. Try fruit or sugar-free baked goods.
Get active - Give children time and encourage physical activity before asking them to sit still through church or long family get togethers. The exercise is good for the nervous system, too.
Tell children what to do, not just what not to do - Children can be confused by different rules at different homes or different rules for the holiday in your home. Before guests arrive, let children know what activities they can engage in and alert them to changes from the normal routine.
Give kids a job - Build your child's self-esteem and help them participate in the holiday by giving them a special job to do.
Supplements can help - A little magnesium before a nap or bedtime can help everyone sleep. Magnesium is a mineral used in many of the body's processes. It makes one sleepy if taken before lying down to rest. It also promotes bowel regularity, which can be a problem when schedules are changed, the diet isn't healthy, and activity decreased - all of which can happen over the holidays.
Have a wonderful holiday!
The JumpStart Toys Team