Smart Family Health and Wellness Tips

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a “mental health crisis” for many parents in the United States. A 2020 New York Times article notes how, since the pandemic, parents with children under 18 are notably more stressed than non-parents.

Between the financial stresses of the pandemic mixed with the kids being home all the time, staying on top of the family’s health and wellness can be a challenge. Check out these good ways to stay on top of it.

Stay up-to-date with your child’s progress in school.

It may come as a surprise to some, but many children are finding it difficult to adjust to the “special education” accommodations caused by the pandemic. A 2020 USA Today article reported that children’s report cards all across the United States are taking a serious hit with the new model of online learning, making it more important than ever to not wait until midway through the school year to check-in with your child’s teacher.

Try to find a way to have a parent-teacher conference with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s success (or failure). Whether your child is struggling to stay at grade level or is merely struggling to keep sight of success due to pandemic fatigue, it’s best to learn strategies for successful parent-teacher conference to discuss your child’s education. Regardless of if it’s your first time meeting your child’s teacher or not, you should prepare yourself for a successful parent-teacher conference. The best way to prepare is to write down your questions and concerns beforehand.

For the most successful parent-teacher conference, be ready to hear not only your child’s strengths but also their weaknesses such as trouble with certain assignments or behavior issues. Ask to see work samples such as homework assignments, progress reports, and grading rubrics to better understand where your child is struggling. Remember, you need a partnership with your child’s teacher to make the most of their education.

Take long trips together.

According to the previously mentioned New York Times article, parents are finding comfort in their children during the pandemic. Actually, Dr. Lakshmin says that a lot of times planning activities (even little ones) can be “psychologically nourishing.” So, get out of the house for an extended period of time and take a road trip (even if it’s just to take a long drive to talk).

Before a long road trip, it’s important to be prepared with things to know before going on a road trip. Avoid getting stuck in the middle of nowhere by making sure to get a full assessment done on your car by a mechanic to ensure the car battery is fully charged, your fluids are all at safe levels (brake fluid, antifreeze, coolant, transmission fluid, etc.)., get an oil change, get a tire rotation (and ensure the tire pressure and tire tread are sufficient), etc.

Also, be sure you pack plenty of road trip essentials like face masks, hassle-free snacks, access to Google Maps and Spotify, a cell phone, puzzles, and your excitement for a positive experience and a different perspective. An article published in Harvard Health Publishing in 2018 reported on research that shows a strong connection between spending time in nature and reduced levels of anxiety, depression, and stress. More reason to pack up the face masks and hand sanitizer and see the most beautiful parts of the country (hint: check out the national parks).

Bonus tip: make sure your AAA membership is up-to-date before leaving.

Boost their self-esteem with Invisalign treatment.

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Those dealing with an underbite, crossbite, or generally crooked teeth may find their appearance displeasing. Plus, teeth that are not in the correct position can cause discomfort and make flossing more difficult. Teeth not receiving proper dental care are more prone to cavities and gum disease. Getting Invisalign through Orlando Invisalign, for example, can get you (or your child) straight teeth with orthodontic treatment to prevent these issues and get a beautiful smile.

Orthodontic treatment with braces can fix crooked teeth through a personalized treatment plan. After a thorough examination to determine the best treatment plan and to get an idea about the length of treatment you’re looking at. The dentist at NuLife Dental and Med Center in Orlando, Florida, will determine if Invisalign is right for you. Invisalign has made it easier than ever to straighten teeth with clear aligners instead of traditional metal braces.

Unlike traditional metal braces, getting Invisalign from a trained orthodontist allows for clear aligners as opposed to a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign makes it far easier to maintain your oral hygiene as you can take the Invisalign trays out to floss and brush your teeth, unlike traditional braces that make it difficult to floss. Plus, discomfort is virtually a thing of the past with Invisalign since, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign won’t cut your cheeks.

Invisalign aligners work by being custom-fitted to your teeth by a dentist to gradually pull your teeth in the right direction. Bonus: with Invisalign, you won’t be prevented from eating popcorn, gum, or any of your favorite foods since you take out the clear aligners when you eat. The only downside is that you will need new clear plastic aligners every week or two.

Bonus tip: if the cost of Invisalign is a concern for you, ask your dentist about CareCredit.