July 30th, 2010
You are in the middle of the grocery store and your child is throwing one whopper of a fit. How do you handle these temper tantrums children throw? When your child is acting out it is very important to avoid many of the most common reactions to their bad behavior. Although these may seem helpful they can actually confuse your child of very critical learning points in their lives.
1. Embarrassing: Do not yell at your child and say things like “do you want your friends to think you’re a big baby?” This may make your child feel embarrassed and judged. This may make him angry or upset.
2. Discounting: Never make your child feel as if something he is upset about isn’t worth being upset. By telling your child something is “not a big deal” may make your child second guess his own, natural feelings. This could make your child extremely frustrated.
3. Bribery: Telling your child you will give them some type of reward for doing what is already expected of them like, being polite, will only confuse them more. They should not expect an incentive for things you expect them to always do.
4. Threatening: Never threaten your child when they are already upset. Telling your child “I’ll give you something to cry about if you don’t stop,” will only scare them with violence.
5. Isolating: When your child has been acting out it is important not to shun them. Making a child go to their rooms alone because you don’t want to be around them when they act out could only make them angrier as well as feeling isolated and scared. Leaving your child to be sad all alone will not make them feel any better.
Although all of these responses may have good intentions, it will not necessarily get your point across and could end up confusing your child. Children cannot read between the lines and find the true meaning of what you feel unless you express them clearly and effectively. Correcting your child’s behavior doesn’t always have to be a punishment or threat, it can simply be a way of telling your child exactly why you disagree with what they are doing and how they can fix their actions. Learning to communicate with your child properly will be much more effective then scolding them and making them feel many emotions you may have not anticipated when reacting.
July 28th, 2010
This honey chicken recipe provides the body with an excellent source of protein. Chicken is a great source of protein, providing almost 70 percent of the recommended daily protein allowance in just 4 ounces. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood and is an important component of every cell in the body. The body uses protein to build and repair tissues and to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
What you need:
2 tablespoons of water
1 cup of matzo meal
2 small chicken fryers, chopped
1 teaspoon salt and/or pepper
½ cup of pure peanut oil
1 cup of hot water
¼ cup of honey
1 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice
1. Heat up the oven at 325 degrees.
2. Beat the eggs and two tablespoons of water in a bowl and set aside.
3. Then in another bowl, mix the matzo meal, salt and pepper together.
4. Place each piece of chicken into the egg mix and then into the matzo meal mix.
5. Heat the oil in a large skillet and place the chicken into it until both sides are browned.
6. Then in another bowl mix the hot water, honey and pineapple juice and pour this over the chicken.
7. Bake the chicken for about 40 minuets and add juices throughout the baking.
July 26th, 2010
It is important to start teaching your child about kid chores and how to clean up after themselves. Even if your child is too young to clean up entirely on their own they can still do their part as much as they are capable of doing and slowly as they get older they can do more and more to help. Don’t just expect your child to catch on perfectly to this idea at first but teach them that it is a part of life that they will have to get use to doing from then on.
Show your child how to clean up in portions at a time. If you see your kid playing with one thing, leaving it and going for another take them back and show them to clean up that set of toys before they start playing with another. The earlier you show this to your child the better it will be for them in the long run and make them a much more organized person.
Make sure your child has the right supplies to complete the identified kid chores. Give them different size and colored boxes and cans. Make each box for certain things so they can have specific areas to put their different toys. When you are telling them what to clean, tell them exactly which toys to pick up instead of just telling them to clean. This will make the entire cleaning process much easier for them because they will know exactly what to clean up and where to put them.
Also make sure that you keep all of your child’s play things and toys all in one area. Giving them their own area will make sure that there are no trails of toys all over your home.
July 23rd, 2010
Try this flavorful and healthy egg breakfast recipe to get your day off to a good start. Eggs are loaded with healthful nutrients including high-quality protein. Enjoy your eggs any way you like them – scrambled, poached, fried, hard-boiled, or made into an omelet. Here is an egg breakfast recipe for Huevos Rancheros.
What you need:
1/2 small red onion
1/2 red bell pepper chopped
2 cups of chopped fresh spinach
1 clove of crushed garlic
1-2 omega eggs
1/2 can of vegetarian refried beans or a 4 oz. blended black or red kidney beans
2 corn tortillas or whole wheat tortillas
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of dry sage
1 tablespoon of cumin
Salt and/ or pepper, to taste
1. Heat up the turmeric, cumin and sage on low with one tablespoon of olive oil.
2. Add in the bell pepper, onion, tomatoes and spinach and sauté them together
3. Blend the beans together and sauté them as well.
4. Add a few large tablespoons of the mixture onto the tortillas and then add some vegetables.
5. Poach one or two eggs and add them on top of the beans and veggies and then top it off with some salsa.
July 21st, 2010
Often there are problems with children sharing – sharing toys, sharing attention, sharing just about anything. A child uses the word “mine” because it helps him or her to feel so important that they are able to have actual ownership over one thing or another. “Mine” is not a problem unless the child becomes overly possesive. It is important to prevent these types of problems in the first place by teaching children sharing techniques and instilling a belief that it is just as important to give as it is to take.
First of all, it is important to let your child have some possessions of their own or it will make it that much harder to get them to share. Allow them to have their own special toys or blankets that are not taken out when company is present. Take them out only when he or she is alone and can enjoy them on their own without anyone else trying to take them away from your child. This will give your child the feeling that they have their very own territory.
Another important thing is to show them that they are not the only ones who must share. Point out any time you’re sharing a book or something to your friend. This will make sharing seem less unfair because everyone, including you, does. Also point out any time your child is sharing on their own and praise them for it. Say things like, “I’m very impressed with how well you are sharing and letting your friend have a turn with the toy.”
For children close in age it is important to always tell their toys apart from each other. Simply writing labels on the bottom of toys or on the tags can help you to not get two teddy bears confused, especially those toys the child feels specific ownership of.
Let your child know ahead of time that sharing is important. If you know that a friend of your child is coming over to play make sure and tell them they will be expected to share with them. Tell them rules of sharing like if a toy is set down anyone can play with it but if you’re still holding it then it is yours until you set it down.
It’s important to remember that sharing may not be so easy for your child at first, it will take some time for them to get use to the idea of what they own and what they do not. By age three or four is when most children become comfortable with sharing enough to do it on their own depending on how soon you teach them.
July 19th, 2010
When looking for apple recipes for kids, consider this healthy way to start the day. This breakfast recipe includes the super food, blueberries, along with oatmeal and fresh apples. Your child love this recipe and you will love knowing your child had a nutritional start to the day.
What you need:
6 green or red skinned apples.
1 cup of either blueberries or mixed berries
1 cup of oatmeal
½ cup of whole wheat flour
¼ cup of butter
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ cup of brown sugar or unprocessed cane sugar
½ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of yogurt
Heat up the oven to 375 degrees
Cut out the core of the apples and cut them into thin slices
Mix the apples in with the mixed berries
Lay out the fruit on the bottom of a backing dish and pour the oatmeal mixture over it.
Bake in the oven for 60 minuets
Serve this while it’s still warm and spread the yogurt over top of it.
July 16th, 2010
Sometimes it’s hard to find time for those little but important moments that show love throughout our busy days. This is where kids notes come in to play. There will always be times in your child’s life that you cannot be right there with them to tell them how you feel about them. However there are a few different ways you can let your child know that you are there for them even when you can’t be there physically.
An old trick mothers have been doing for years is to leave a special note in your child’s lunch box. While packing your kids lunch in the morning before school take that napkin and write down something sweet for them to see later in their day. Even something as simple as saying, “Have a good day honey! I love you”, will put a smile on their face and remind them they are loved. You never know when your child might be having a bad day at school and this could be just the thing to get them in a better one. Doing this often will give them something to look forward to at lunch time, besides just the food.
You can also try using posted notes when they’re not at school. Leaving them notes on the kitchen table, the refrigerator, or mirror can help them throughout their day as well. You could even leave some funny notes on their favorite toys; anywhere you know they’ll be you can put them.
The kids notes don’t always have to be love notes either. They can be there to make your child laugh, smile, to apologize for something or to thank them for something they did.
No matter what they say or how they say it, these kids notes can be used to let your child know you care for them. Everyone expressed emotions in one way or another and little love notes can be a way for anyone to express how they love their children while letting them know as well.
July 14th, 2010
As television, video games, and movies become more and more popular, story telling has become and much more rare among families. Not too long ago stories were only told through stories tellers, and not through the media and that way of telling tales cannot be replaced by things like television shows or magazines.
Telling stories with your child can be one way to bring back the time of story telling in your household. This can also become a fun way for your child to express your creativity and ideas. Here are six storytelling tips to make your storytelling time more alive;
1. Switch up an ending: Have your child pick one of their favorite stories and let them come up with their own ending to it. It could be from a make believe story or even a family story. They can use their humor or imagination to change the tale in the end for a surprise.
2. Start from scratch: after your child gets more use to the story telling ideas start with a completely made up story. You can develop it with them in three sections; beginning, middle and end. It will be fun for them to make up their own characters and plots. They can feel as if they created something all on their own.
3. Use your bodies: While you and your child go through the story use your hands, face and voice to add detail to the story. This will give the characters you make more reality and make it more fun too.
4. Dress up: pick out a famous story throughout history that has some kind of encouraging and helpful message to it. Then pick out characters and dress up like them. You can use props as well and turn you living room or bed room into a space where you and your children can act out the story together. This will really make the story come to life for them.
5. Predict the Future: Make up a story about the future for a change. You can pick out a problem or concern you and your child have and make it into a story. You can end it however you wish that thing will turn out.
6. Silly story telling: you and your child can both narrate the story together switching after each word. You can change your voices and make the telling of the story the funniest part.
July 14th, 2010
Most everyone on the planet knows that spinach is a hugely healthy food. Finding easy spinach recipes that also taste great is often the problem. Of all the easy spinach recipes I have tried, this is the best in terms of health benefits because of the added brain-friendly ingredients. And don’t worry moms, your kids will like it!
Things you need to make Brainy Spinach Pie:
3 or 4 omega-enriched eggs
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1 cup of ricotta cheese
1 chopped small red onion
3 or 4 pressed garlic cloves
2 cups of chopped spinach and arugula
Chopped red bell pepper
½ cup of feta cheese
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons of sage
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper needed
A pie shell or 6 to 8 sheets of filo dough
Easy Spinach Recipes: Brainy Spinach Pie Steps:
1. Heat up the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Take the onions, garlic and peppers in the olive oil and sauté them together. Then add the spinach.
3. Beat up the eggs and then add the walnuts, ricotta and feta cheese, sauté mixture and seasoning.
4. Use the pie shell or filo pastry and wrap it into the shell.
5. Bake this in a pie dish for about 45 minutes on 375 degrees.
July 12th, 2010
Okay – maybe I am a bit biased, but I do believe that, as a base, this is the best granola recipe I have tried in a long time. This is a simple granola recipe that leaves plenty of room for creativity and expansion. Add a handful of cashews, carob chips, almonds or pepitas to make the best granola even better!
What you need:
3 cups of uncooked rolled oats
1 cup of sunflower seeds
1 cup of sesame seeds
1 cup of wheat germ
1 cup of honey
½ cup of pure vegetable oil
¼ cup of soy flour
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
¼ cup of chopped dates if desired
¼ cup of shredded coconuts if desired
½ cup of water
Steps for making the best granola recipe:
1. Heat up the oven to 350 degrees
2. Take a backing sheet and grease it lightly
3. Mix everything except the coconut and into a bowl.
4. Spread out the mixture over the backing sheet evenly.
5. Bake for about 15 or 20 minuets or until it is browned.
6. Add the dates and coconut if desired and mix together.