I need to tell you something. I will not spring forward on March 12th. Instead I will wake up, proudly look at my clock and say “I am from Saskatchewan. And I will not spring forward!” However, for the rest of the country March 12th marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time – the day you welcome a much needed extra hour of sunlight after a long, dark and dreary winter! For many, this extra hour of sun, along with the warming temperatures, means that more time is spent outdoors, making it sometimes challenging for parents to stay ahead of those not-so-top-of-mind household tasks.
Important Calendar Reminders Every Parent Should Have
To help you stay on track this spring and to build better habits all year long, consider placing a calendar in a high traffic area of your home – such as the kitchen or foyer – and place monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly reminders for the following tasks:
Test your smoke detectors:
This is a great time to check and make sure all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working condition in your house. They all have a simple test button on them so warn the family so they don’t freak out and go around and test those alarms! And if you have detectors than run on batteries (not the 10 year lithiums) and didn’t change the batteries in the fall go ahead and do that now, even if the battery still works.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends you change your toothbrush every three months. Place a smiley face sticker at the start of every third month of the year to remind you to buy new brushes for your family.
Check medicine expiry dates:
Remember that all medicines expire, including vitamins and supplements. To ensure your medicine cabinet is up to date, schedule a simple calendar reminder for twice a year. This will remind you to check the expiry date and re-stock, if necessary. And if you do have expired medicine to get rid of DO NOT throw it in the garbage. Many pharmacies will take care of disposing of those for you so call around and see which pharmacies in your area will accept them.
Flip and rotate your mattresses:
A good mattress is an investment and it makes sense to protect that investment. This is a great time of year to give that mattress a flip and a rotate to ensure it wears evenly and you continue to get a good night’s sleep.
Change the baking soda in your fridge:
Placing a box of Arm & Hammer™ Fridge-n-Freezer™ or Fridge Fresh™ Baking Soda in your fridge or freezer helps to eliminate odours and keeps your fridge smelling fresh. While many use this simple tip, it can be easy to forget when it’s time to replace the open box. When you purchase a new box, jot down a replacement reminder on the box for a month’s time to maintain maximum odour elimination, ensuring your food stays fresher, longer.
Simple healthy habits, such as getting all of the required amount of fruits and veggies or taking vitamins, can slip our minds during hectic days. Vitafusion™ Vitamin D is a great addition to your routine, especially during the fall and winter months, when heavy clothes and cloudy weather can inhibit the production of Vitamin D in the body. To ensure your body gets all the Vitamin D it needs try placing a reminder in your calendar at the start of the fall season to start taking a supplement. Very few foods naturally contain this vitamin, meaning a supplement may be the best way to get your necessary intake. Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D supports bone and teeth health – Vitafusion™ Vitamin D also comes in a delicious gummy and is the perfect alternative to a traditional hard-to-swallow pill.
What sort of things are on your Spring it Forward calendar?
Disclosure: this post was brought to you in partnership with Church and Dwight