Herb-Rubbed Roast Turkey with Fresh Sage Gravy<br>Photography by James Tse Credits: Herb-Rubbed Roast Turkey with Fresh Sage Gravy<br>Photography by James Tse
<p>Solve back to school blues,</p>
It’s time to hit the books, but if jumping back into the most wonderful time of the year (for parents) is causing anxiety to set in for your kids, try these 6 easy solutions.
After being out of those plainly-tiled hallways for three months, the back-to-school transition can wield a variety of stressors for both children and parents, alike. The good news? Both anxiety and increased pressure from new schedules, new teachers, challenging workloads and perhaps a new school can be easily managed. Try these simple strategies to foster resilience and positivity throughout the year.
1. Get In A Good Sleep Routine
It’s no secret that lack of sleep has drastic effects on a child’s learning abilities. Inadequate sleep has proven to lower verbal skills, problem solving capabilities and even decrease academic progress for students. This is particularly problematic for teens—it’s estimated 20 to 40 per cent of adolescents are sleep-deprived. And parents need good sleep habits, too; nearly 3.3 million Canadians 15 years and older suffer from a dangerous shortage of sleep. The solution? Set a new sleep routine before school starts. Teens need an average of 8 to 10 hours a night, while younger kids should get closer to 12 hours. Ward off sleep loss by being strict about bedtime and putting a stop to technology use at night.
2. Prioritize Downtime
Good sleep is crucial, but maintaining a few hours to turn off a child’s brain from excitement before bedtime can aid in resting well for a new school day. Listen to an audio book, take advantage of bath time, colour, or even meditation can help kids wind down.
3. Encourage A More Balanced Diet
Eating well and drinking enough water is key to combating stress. According to a study in the Journal of School Health, “students with an increased fruit and vegetable intake and less caloric intake from fat were significantly less likely to fail [a] literacy assessment.” Another study found that eating more fruits and veggies can lead to an improved mood.
4. Prioritize Optimism Instead of Results
For some kids, worry about getting good grades can cause serious anxiety. Reminding them how exciting it will be to see their friends and try new things can help. And, instead of focusing on performance, emphasize the other benefits of learning.
5. Plan Ahead
The start of school is also the beginning of extracurriculars and after-school playdates. Stay organized to avoid over-scheduling. Invest in a large refrigerator calendar that allows your child to participate in the planning and be in the know for all the fun they will be having in upcoming months. Keep in mind: structure is key.
6. Manage Your Own Stress Levels, Too
As the days of September quickly creep upon us, the stress that kids feel can affect parents, as well. It’s important to manage your own anxiety surrounding change and create a new routine that will allow both you and your kids to stay focused, on track, and carefree.
Go on, have another slice of pumpkin pie.
There are few things better than a great big Thanksgiving feast shared with family and friends. If you choose your outfit wisely, you're free to indulge without worrying about rigid waistbands or fitted dresses holding you back.
We've got outfit ideas that will keep you comfy and stylish, no matter how you celebrate this totally indulgent holiday.
A cozy Thanksgiving with your immediate family
Not all families have large gatherings around the holidays. Maybe you're cooking a turkey breast (or tofurky) instead of the whole bird, or maybe there's no dinner at all and you'll spend the evening watching movies on the couch. If you're planning something small with just your partner, or your parents, or your kids, keep your outfit simple. We love the idea of an oversized shirt dress (bonus points for season-appropriate tartan), topped with a maxi cardigan. Flat, menswear-inspired shoes and sparkly socks keep this look from being too casual—you still want to look nice, after all.
Thanksgiving at the cottage
Whether you're going with only a few people, or your entire family, Thanksgiving at the cottage has something going for it other than the scenery—the very casual dress code. We recommend a stretchy, long-sleeve top paired with boyfriend jeans (the baggier, the better) and a roomy turtleneck sweater (the one shown below is actually a vest). Finish off the look with simple (waterproof) boots, just in case you decide to walk off that second serving of mashed potatoes after dinner.
The big family affair
If you're attending a fam jam with all of your relatives, you need to look on point—especially if someone in the group is an amateur photographer. There will be pictures. And you will be tagged on Facebook. We recommend opting for roomy trousers (a drawstring helps) in a stylish fabric like velvet, which also happens to be extremely comfortable. Pair with a long, roomy sweater in a flattering colour (this eggplant works with all skin tones) and sparkly accessories. For shoes, try a comfortable ankle boot with a trendy western-inspired twist.
If you're having a friends-only Thanksgiving event, we recommend playing with texture for added interest in your oversized ensemble. Keep it comfy with an A-line blouse (the one shown is in classic denim) and faux-leather leggings, which are both fancy and comfortable. Top it off with your favourite blanket scarf or poncho and some cool boots. This outfit will keep you covered, whether you indulge in drinks, turkey or cake—or all of the above.
A new study from the CDC has found that cat-scratch disease, a potentially serious bacterial infection, is more common that previously thought.
Did you know? That cuddle session with Cleo could be making you sick. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that when left untreated, more people are suffering serious complications from cat-scratch disease. Here's what you need to know.
What is cat scratch disease (CSD)?
Cat-scratch disease (or fever) is a bacterial infection that can affect humans following a scratch or bite from an infected domestic or feral cat. It can also spread when an infected cat licks a person’s open wound. The bacterial infection is passed between cats by fleas and can spread to humans, making them ill.
How can you get cat-scratch disease?
Humans risk contracting the disease when they’re bitten, scratched—and even from nuzzling a cat. According to the CDC, most cat scratches do not result in cat-scratch disease, but though the disease is rare, the study found that the number of people who are infected and become seriously ill is on the rise.
What are the symptoms? Can there be more serious complications?
According to the CDC, the symptoms of cat-scratch fever include fever; enlarged, tender lymph nodes that develop one to three weeks after the initial scratch; and the infected area may appear swollen and red with round, raised lesion that can have pus. You may also have a headache, poor appetite and exhaustion.
How do you avoid CSD? How is it treated?
The CDC recommends washing your hands after playing with a cat—even if you haven’t been bitten. If you do get scratched, immediately clean the area with soap and water and watch for any symptoms. If these do develop, see your doctor immediately. In serious cases, treatment with antibiotics may be prescribed.