Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Get Kids Eating Vegetables

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

In light of this all too common challenge, parents often ask for tips on getting kids to eat more vegetables.
What you need to get kids eating vegetables
Perhaps the most important factor to consider is your own attitude and approach towards eating in general.

Avoid forcing your children to eat vegetables – or any other food for that matter. Encourage children to try a spoonful, but don’t get upset if they refuse it. Eventually, they will try it, so keep reintroducing various foods from time to time.

* Even young children can learn why nutrition is important. You can simply say: ” They taste good and make you healthy, big and strong.”

Eating more vegetables: some other tricks of the trade
Add extra vegetables to meals by mixing them into foods or adding them as a side dish.
Set out a plate of raw vegetables or a salad of cold, cooked vegetables before the meal – the time when your child is hungriest.
Keep a bowl of cherry tomatoes or baby carrots in the refrigerator for a quick and handy snack. (Of course, you’ll want to take into account the fact that these foods can be potential choking hazards for toddlers and preschoolers.)
Serve raw or lightly steamed vegetables with salad dressing or dips such as hummus or tzatziki.
Make mashed sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes – sweet potatoes contain lots of vitamin A.
Let children make their own tacos with shredded lettuce, tomato, ground turkey and a little cheese.
Try not to overcook vegetables. Light cooking preserves taste, bright appearance and valuable vitamins.
Help make your child familiar with vegetables. Serve them every day.
Prepare meals together – for example, younger children can wash, and older ones can chop vegetables for stir-fry dishes and salads.
Let your child help choose fresh vegetables when you’re shopping.
Plant a vegetable garden with your child. Or just put a small cherry tomato plant in a pot in a sunny spot in the yard.
* Most important, set a good example. Remember that your actions will speak louder than words. Besides, parents need their vegetables, too!

How to get more vegetables into your family diet
If your child rejects a lot of vegetables, try slipping them into food by: making muffins with your child and adding pumpkin, zucchini or shredded carrots to the muffin mix tucking a lettuce leaf, a tomato slice or carrot curls into sandwiches adding chopped spinach or a handful of frozen vegetables to soups, ramen noodles, spaghetti sauce or lasagne adding chopped tomato or grated carrots to tuna, chicken or pasta salads cooking frozen mixed vegetables according to the directions and then adding them to store-bought potato salad
making pizza with your child and adding chopped broccoli or spinach to frozen pizza or frozen bread dough topped with tomato sauce
adding chopped broccoli or extra carrots to canned or dried chicken soup.

Potty Training Techniques

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

You may have asked your friends and relatives who have older children about their best tips for potty training, and what you probably got in response was a series of narratives about child’s unique journey from diapers to big kid pants. This is because no two children are exactly alike, not even identical twins.

Toilet Training Is Not a Competition

The most important thing to remember is that the goal of toilet training is for your child to learn to use the toilet independently. The most important thing is not for your child to learn to use the toilet sooner than other children learn to use it, and it is a losing battle to approach it this way. For a reality check, the next time your cousin tells you that her son starting wearing big kid pants when he was two-and-a-half and never had an accident, try to think of a time when it mattered that you were better than someone else at using the toilet. Toilet training is a stage, and each child goes through it in his or her own way. If it feels like people are humble-bragging and trying to make you feel inferior when they tell you their best tips for potty training, that may well be the case.

Take Cues from Your Child

The best techniques for potty training are actually questions. When your child is ready to be responsive to toilet training, he or she will start to show signs of potty training readiness. Insisting too early that your child stay dry all day without diapers will only lead to frustration, and punishing your child for having an accident will only cause him or her to have negative feelings toward potty training. For example, does your child seem to notice that only babies and toddlers wear diapers, while big kid underwear is one of the trappings of the prime of one’s life, along with going to school, playing on the big playground equipment, eating with a knife and fork, and all the other things your young child looks forward to doing? The physical ability to control bowel movements usually develops before bladder control, and this is related to some potty training readiness signs.

Does your child tell you when he has had a bowel movement? Does he have a favorite place in the house where he feels most comfortable to have bowel movements? Does he usually have them at about the same time each day? If so, he is ready to start using the potty, even if he occasionally has bladder control accidents. Perhaps most importantly, children who want to use the potty and wear big kid underwear are ready to start potty training.