School Time for our Gluten-Free Children
School for our gluten-free children will look different this year.
Truth: Schools for everyone will look different this year!
As we all try to navigate the “new normal” during this corona pandemic, parents everywhere are stressing over the big issue of sending our children back to school.
Do we send our children back for in-person full-day school?
Will there be a hybrid schedule available to follow? (meaning classes will be offered ½ in school and ½ virtual)
Do we homeschool to be safe?
Do we have them take classes virtually through their own school district or move to another online program that is already established?
Should college students live on campus or not?
These are tough decisions for parents everywhere
This has been an overwhelming time with three children at different educational levels in our home: elementary, high school, and college.
There are definite pros and cons for each side of the fence, even at different levels. And, there is certainly a different answer per family as we all have different needs.
I cannot tell you what to do – each household needs to find that balance for themselves.
What is best for our family may not fit yours and vice versa.
Navigating schools for gluten-free children
Yes, this will look different. But, if you’re in school for any portion of the day, the following blog posts will help you navigate and create a safe gluten-free community for your gluten-free child.
Each level of education will help with any struggles you may face for your gluten-free child to be in school.
Try these tips to help manage virtual classes at home:
Have extra (healthy) snacks on hand
I have seen a big rise in our snacking being home more – especially with virtual learning and watching TV.
Choose snacks that offer health instead of filling up on sugar. Healthy snacks will help your child think and be productive.
Sugary snacks may increase your child’s energy, but soon that energy will crash with ups and downs in temperament and attitude (and later may affect their sleep).
Sugary snacks lead to desiring more sugary snacks. Keeping healthier options at home will help children choose healthier options.
Try this recipe: No-Bake Gluten-free Pumpkin Oat Balls
Choose drinks wisely
Loading up on soda and other fruit juices will also create a harder time focusing on work and being still to follow on-line classes. Teach your children to choose water and keep hydrated all day.
Don’t like plain water? Add fruit, veggies, or herbs to flavor the water. Try adding cucumber and mint, or make a peach tea together = refreshing! Try a smoothie where you can add in nourishing fruits and veggies.
Tie in learning at home
Create fun healthy snacks and drinks together. Get in the kitchen.
Use measuring, counting, numbers – pull out the math while you cook or bake together.
Write out your recipes – using reading and writing skills.
Create your own recipes – imagination
In any situation, we can make learning fun – in a not so fun environment right now.
Do your BEST – that’s all we can do right now
The thing to remember is that your best may not be your friend’s or neighbor’s best. This too will look differently for all.
Do what works for your family
But know- that in whatever situation you are in for school this year- we have your gluten-free student’s back!
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you move forward in your gluten-free life: