“Hurray – we change the clocks this weekend” said no parent ever!
While some people may look forward to the extra hour of sleep, or get upset by losing an hour of sleep, for parents, it’s all the same. The hour change either way really seems to mess up my kids’ sleep routine which usually means that I’ll be dealing with tired, grumpy and moody kids for a few days until they adjust.
If nothing more, the change in time and additional day light provides parents with a reminder to complete important tasks. Together with my friends at Church & Dwight, we’ve compiled a list of some activities to complete this Spring. Print them out and put them on your fridge (or calendar). You will want to do them quarterly.
Replace toothbrushes: The Canadian Dental Association recommends you change your toothbrush every three months. Put a reminder (or emoji) in your phone and / or calendar at the start of every third month of the year to remind you to buy new brushes for your family.
Check medicine expiry dates: Remember that all medicines expire, including vitamins and supplements. To ensure your medicine cabinet is up to date, schedule a simple calendar reminder for twice a year. This will remind you to check the expiry date and re-stock, if necessary.
Change the baking soda in your fridge: Placing a box of Arm & Hammer Fridge-n-Freezer or Fridge Fresh Baking Soda in your fridge or freezer helps to eliminate odours and keeps your fridge smelling fresh. While many use this simple tip, it can be easy to forget when it’s time to replace the open box. When you purchase a new box, jot down a replacement reminder on the box for a month’s time to maintain maximum odour elimination, ensuring your food stays fresher, longer.
Keeping healthy: Simple healthy habits, such as getting all of the required amount of fruits and veggies or taking vitamins, can slip our minds during hectic days. Vitafusion Vitamin D is a great addition to your routine, especially during the fall and winter months, when heavy clothes and cloudy weather can inhibit the production of Vitamin D in the body. To ensure your body gets all the Vitamin D it needs try placing a reminder in your calendar at the start of the fall season to start taking a supplement. Very few foods naturally contain this vitamin, meaning a supplement may be the best way to get your necessary intake. Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D supports bone and teeth health – Vitafusion Vitamin D also comes in a delicious gummy and is the perfect alternative to a traditional hard-to-swallow pill.
Keeping a family calendar (whether it’s a virtual one or the traditional pen and paper method) is a lifesaver for many families. What are some of your calendar reminders and tips that you think families should consider?
Disclosure: As a Church & Dwight Ambassador, I received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.