Getting kids started on eating right is so important to their long term health and well-being. The eating habits they develop in the formative first years are the basis of how they will make food choices well into the future.
As we see more and more kids being raised on processed foods and barely being able to identify what whole foods look like, it is even more important that we instill healthy habits as early as 6 months of age when they begin to eat table food.
I first found the DVD Copy-Kids on a mom blogger’s website. I was intrigued to find a DVD that claimed to help kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. As soon as the video arrived I popped it into the machine for my kids.
As I watched the video I have to admit I was skeptical. There are 12 chapters, each one about a single
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In previous posts I discussed how my daughter has difficulty with her speech. She has an amazing intellect but she has trouble forming words coherently. We haven’t been able to find a physical cause for her speech difficulties and were concerned about her continued delays. We decided to put her into pre-school to get her extra help with her speech even though our long-term goals are to homeschool both children.
About a week ago, I was sitting with my daughter while she had a snack. She turned to me and said, “Mommy are you happy I can talk now?” Sometimes I forget how heartbreaking it is to be a parent. How do you explain to a child that it goes beyond happiness? It’s about her confidence and giving her the tools to succeed no matter what.
Last night as I was reading the bedtime stories, she broke my heart all over
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I just dropped my kids off for their first day of preschool. It was so hard to get them to separate and go to different classes. Their excitement matched my trepidation. I woke this morning with all my fears overflowing. Would the teachers shame my daughter because she picks her nose when she is nervous? My son gets so excited he has trouble hearing (read listening to) people. Would the teachers discipline him for being distracted? Would they make friends or feel isolated? Will they be OK being separated for the first time in their short lives?
Being a mom breaks your heart every moment. It’s a constant shedding of wants, dreams, desires and hopes. Letting go of everything we “think” we want/need or what is best for the children. In three years of parenting I have lost more ego than 11 years of practicing Zen meditation. A Zen Master uses
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Yesterday Hurricane Irene reeked havoc up the eastern coast of the United States. Living in southern New England we were in the path of the hurricane so we took preparations seriously.
We prepared by:
Buying bottled water Buying batteries for all of our lanterns and flashlights Filled up the bath tubs in case we needed water for the toilets and cleaning Stuffed our freezers full of ice to keep them cold for up to 5 days Prepared meals we could easily eat cold or make on the gas grill Prepared a room without windows to gather in if the winds were too destructive Set up pumps in the basement to manage any flooding we might have from the pond behind our house Harvested everything we could from the garden Went to the library to stock up on movies (in case we had power) and books (in case we didn’t) Talked to the kids about what
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I understand the reality TV craze to some degree. If you really think about it we are a voyeuristic society even if we refuse to admit it. We like to get a look into other people’s lives. At heart we all have a bit of Gladys Kravitz (come on, don’t tell me you don’t remember Bewitched and Samantha’s nosy neighbor).
I will admit my favorite television shows have everyone’s favorite chef we love to hate, Gordon Ramsey. I DVR Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and MasterChef. I love the Food Network channel. Not really reality TV but still television based on reality rather than fiction. These are all related to my love of food.
I even tried to avoid the whole American Idol thing. If it weren’t for my in-laws visiting three years ago I would have succeeded but they had to watch and now so do I. Every year I swear
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At a young age we imagine how we see our life turning out. We gather ideas and information and begin to create a story we want to make happen. As we move through life some things happen just as we planned. Other times we might get to a similar place on a path we never suspected.
As a child I always wanted to be a teacher. I would gather handouts at the end of the school year and use them to play “school.” It was the only game I ever wanted to play. Interestingly enough, when my mom asked what I wanted to study in college, psychology was the first thing that came out of my mouth. Somewhere along the way the idea of being a teacher was lost, or so I thought.
I’ve studied many things in my years and psychology was always my first love. But I ultimately
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Every year since we’ve lived in this house, finches have tried to build a nest in the roof over our porch. Twice we have found the dead babies on our porch, probably ousted by another bird. Once a chick’s heart was still beating. It took me a couple of days to get over that one. Poor birdie.
This year we have been watching and listening for three months as the birds built their nest and filled it with little eggs. We were rewarded with the sound of little chirps two months ago. This week we could see the babies standing on the edge of the nest calling for their next meal.
Earlier today we were having a snack on the porch having just gotten our first watermelon from the CSA share (more on this later). I kept hearing a knocking sound over our head. I couldn’t figure out what was making
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We are deep into potty training and I made a tactical error in the whole process. About a year ago we attempted potty training by the “get rid of the diapers method.” After the third day, I couldn’t do it any longer. The accidents were making me want to rage. In my defense I wasn’t terribly grounded at the time. One thing I do know about the whole process is that making potty training stressful for the kids can have life long repercussions…as well as halting the whole process. So I decided to go with the whole wait and see method to prevent doing lasting damage to my children’s psyche.
Thus my error. Now I am trying to potty train with 3.5 year olds. I am doing this now because we are missing out on activities I would like the kids to be involved in because they aren’t potty trained.
Continue reading…Too late for the potty…
Since my twins turned 3.5, we have been dealing with many new things. The least of which is the constant “Why?”. Parents remember this age with clarity. Nothing more would make us happier than the end of a string of why questions. Make that times two and the conversation can seem endless.
A typical conversation goes something like this.
Mom: “You need to stay in the driveway with your bike.”
Mom: “It’s not safe.”
Mom: “The cars can’t see you.”
Mom: “Because you are small.”
A: “My yike small.”
Mom: “You will grow up soon.”
Mom: “Because little boys and girls grow up to be big boys and girls.”
Z: “I like being a small boy. I don’t want to get big.”
Mom: “Well you can be small for now but if you eat good food and get lots of sleep you will grow up.”
Z: “I don’t want to grow up.
Another Blogette I feel a special affinity for is Ashley of And The Little Ones Too. Ashley is mom to two beautiful boys Noah and Hayden and wife to Paul “the apple of their eye”. She is a proud baby-wearing mama sharing about her life in a bi-racial family. Anyone who promotes baby wearing is an amazing mom in my book. The love and security this lifestyle conveys to a child is truly invaluable.
As an aspiring photographer she regularly posts pictures of her family and their adventures. When I look at her photographs I see the love in her family so clearly. It’s wonderful to witness the happiness she is creating.
Her newest venture is a New Food Friday Blog Hop to premier on July 8, 2011. She will be trying new recipes once a month and posting a review and hopefully pictures. There will
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