I don’t know where summer went, but it’s going, going, gone now. I can hardly believe that the kids are already back in school. Somehow it’s a whole new school year and we’re already discussing Halloween costume ideas. Crazy!
Fortunately, our kiddos are eager learners and excited to be back in the classroom with their friends. G had an easy transition into 4th grade, since he already knew his teacher and all of his classmates. B struggled a bit with her first week of 5th grade, though. She has a new teacher this year and most of her friends in her 4/5 classroom were a year ahead of her so they’re now in middle school.
Poor B was anxious her first week back, so I made sure to do some small things that I knew would help her with the transition. As I learned from my own mom ages ago, a healthy lunch helps you focus in school and do your best even when you’re in an new situation. For B’s lunches, I made sure to include her favorite healthy snacks – plenty of fruits and veggies – plus I made ham and cheese sandwich wrap pinwheels (with spinach, avocado, and red bell pepper — girl loves her veggies!) to give her a fun take on a traditional lunch item. She loved the pinwheels and requested them every day that week.
B is a kid after my own heart, too, so I made sure to tuck some new fun supplies into her backpack (My Little Pony pencils will help her do great, of course!). Plus, I tucked a special note into her pencil box to give her a little pep talk and let her know how much her dad and I love her. We’re big on love notes in our family.
Then, because it also helps to have something special to come home to, we had milk and cookies at home after school. B loves her milk and has a sweet tooth to rival her dad. While I am a chocolate milk addict (it’s good for my bones!), B will happily gulp down big frosty glasses of the pure calcium goodness not even caring that it’s full of nutrients that are good for her hair, skin, teeth, muscles, and more.
I know, a kid who likes vegetables AND prefers milk over other drinks…kind of a dream, huh? Don’t worry, G gives us food challenges. We’ve taught both kids, though, which foods (and beverages) will make their bodies happy and help them grow up strong and healthy, and milk is definitely on that list.
We’re heading into week three of school now and B is starting to feel better about things. We’ve had some heart to hearts about making new friends, visiting with old pals, and how quickly her new classmates and teacher will feel just as familiar as her old ones. I’m sure *next* summer will be here before we know it, and I’m sure there will be plenty of milk and cookie heart to hearts between now and then. Because while some foods are good for your body, some also just make you feel good, too.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Like being obsessed with chocolate milk. It’s true. Also, thanks to Auntie M for the yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. :)