Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Get Ready to Spring Forward Important Calendar Reminders Every Parent Should Have #ChurchandDwight

It's coming this weekend - Daylight Savings Time. I'm still on the fence about the whole semi-annual time change thing. Is it still necessary in the modern world? Saskatchewan doesn't do it. Neither did the part of Indiana I lived in during the 90s, although, to avoid confusion, legislation required the entire state to observe DST starting in 2006.

But whether I like it or not, it is coming, and I'm here to remind you to turn your clocks one hour ahead, before you go to bed Satuday night. Sunday morning when you wake up it will be later than you think, and you don't want to be late for any commitments, or your favourite show.

While you're at it, be sure to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and home alarm systems. Stay powered up and stay safe!

That is one benefit of the time changes at least - they provide a touchpoint for remembering to carry out certain important tasks that don't happen daily.  Every 6 months we know to change batteries in these devices. But there are other infrequent, yet critical, tasks you may want to pop in your calendar as recurring events. Things like checking expiry dates in your medicine cabinet and replacing toothbrushes. 

Here's just a few calendar reminders to consider, courtesy of Church & Dwight.

First of all, to help you stay on track this spring, and to build better habits all year long, consider placing a print calendar in a high traffic area of your home – such as the kitchen or foyer. Use this calendar to share monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly reminders for the following tasks:

Replace toothbrushes: The Canadian Dental Association recommends you change your toothbrush every three months[1]. 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. [Or stock up when you see them on sale, and always have extras on hand. You'll also want to replace toothbrushes after an illness to avoid re-infection.]

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. [This works quite well with the time changes - prep for summer (allergies, sunscreen) and winter (colds, fevers) pharmacy needs.]

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.

Keeping healthy: 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[2]. 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.

Keeping a family calendar is a lifesaver for many families. What are some of your calendar reminders and tips that you think families should consider?

[2] https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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