All you parents know what I’m talking about; it’s the day after some wild toddler birthday party and your little angels are not really feeling like their normal selves. Perhaps they ingested far too much sugar for their little bodies. Perhaps they went to bed far too late. Perhaps the birthday celebrations were just too much input for their sensitive psyches to digest fully. Whatever the offense, the day after a toddler-size birthday party is a good time to try and get your kids’ systems back in order.
This is how we do it:
1) Water Kefir – A probiotic liquid that you can mix with juice, coconut water, or even just drink straight. We typically have a batch of water kefir fermenting on our counter or, at a minimum, have some stashed away in the fridge. The probiotics can help soothe an upset digestive system and help restore some regularity. I typically try to give my kids some water kefir every day but especially so after a party.
2) Bone Broth – While this is a picture of beef broth simmering away, I typically make or thaw a batch of chicken stock the day after a party. Everyone in our family seems to enjoy a comforting warm soup for lunch or dinner. The gelatin in the broth helps to repair our digestive tract and soothe any upset.
3) Sleep – no really, sleep. Get right back into the usual routine. Make sure the kids wake up at the proper time, nap at the proper time and go to bed at night at the proper time. I’m a HUGE believer in sleep to fix most minor ailments. While we’re lucky enough that D&K are still napping at three years old, I have every intention of keeping the same nap time as they get older and simply transitioning it to “quiet time” where they don’t have to sleep, but they do need to stay in their rooms and do quiet, calming activities.
These techniques seem to work well for us and allow us to get back to our usual routine which always restores harmony to our home.