As we head into the 2021-2022 school year, fragments of uncertainty remain from the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to ensure our children are going back in the best physical health and safety and prepared to wear their masks and follow the most up-to-date protocols.
It is important to prepare children with proper nutrition, mentally prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for a return to school in 2021.
Below are four suggested areas where parents and caregivers can help prepare a young child for the return to the school year in 2021:
- Address nervous feelings
- Encourage school readiness skills
- Create routines and schedules
- Communicate with your child’s teacher
The 2021-2022 school year will be a return to that “new normal” we all hoped for the past 18 months. The resilience skills our children have learned will carry them through.
Let’s also help with the back-to-school lunches! Packing a healthy, produce-rich plant-based meal can seem like a daunting task for many parents—but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few of our favorite, easy-to-batch-make, hearty, and fun meals for your family to enjoy this fall.
In the fridge, stock a dedicated section with individual containers of hummus, pre-cut veggies, and Forager Project’s individual Yogurt Cupsand Drinkable yogurts. Having a special section in the fridge allows kids to pick out which snacks and sides they want for lunch each day—increasing the likelihood that they’ll eat it while and reducing workload for parents.
Accompany each pre-packed with staples like cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and or regular potatoes, not fries, more like roasted wedges. Cold pasta salads like Spinach Orzo or traditional potato salads are easy to make ahead and serve on the go! No microwave needed!
See more great recipes here on Neurotic Mommy’s Blog
Good luck to all our young learners and their caregivers as we head into another transition!