With buckets of Halloween candy sitting on top of our refrigerator that I dole out at snail’s pace and the countdown to Thanksgiving on, I’m well aware that the last month and a half of 2014 is going to fly by and that, as it flies, we’ll be presented with lots of opportunities to make choices for healthy holidays.
One of the things that I’m very cognizant of when it comes to holidays with our kids is making meaningful memories and traditions. One of my goals with the holidays is to create memories with our children that are not just centered around food. When I think back to my own childhood, I remember decorating Christmas cookies every single year with my brother, sister and mom, and I loved that and it’s a tradition we will keep alive. But I also remember the family beach trips over Christmas, playing cards with my aunt and grandma by the pool, and walking the beach every morning. In the years past, we’ve enjoyed several activity traditions with our kids, and I’m looking forward to those again this year! We love to take the bigger kids ice skating and tour the Denver Zoo Lights exhibit with my entire family. Every year we decorate our tree together on St. Nick’s Feast Day, and bundled up family strolls around the neighborhood to see all the Christmas lights (and blow up Christmas decorations) are a weekly occurrence from Thanksgiving through Christmas. We love to go Christmas Caroling with our friends and all of our kids, and we have a family sleepover in the family room once every Christmas season.
Whatever your traditions may be, the holidays are about being thankful, spending time with family & making lasting memories and traditions. Children’s Hospital Colorado has a “Just Ask Children’s” resource that allows parents to ask medical experts questions on the Just Ask Children’s site. Children’s is the leader in pediatric expertise and provides relevant information about keeping kids healthy, safe, and well. Whether you’re traveling over the holidays and looking for suggestions on safe travel tips with kids, or just looking for some solutions to help keep your kids diets a little bit healthy over the holidays, Just Ask Children’s is a great resource for all parents. Be sure to check out their live Q&A session next Tuesday, November 25th, from 9 am – 4 pm MST, where their experts will be answering your and other parents’ questions about how to keep the family happy and healthy during the Holidays.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Children’s Hospital Colorado. The opinions and text are all mine.