Have a Picky Eater in Your Family? Try These Fun Recipes!

As parents we all know what it’s like when your child is a picky eater: “It looks gross!” “I don’t like the taste.” “Why is it that color?” Us parents have heard it all! Sometimes it can be very frustrating when your child won’t eat anything you put in front of them. You feel like you have tried every option known to man to get your child to eat but he/she simply refuses. This takes a toll on your patience and also on your wallet for all of the wasted food you throw away each day.

Try these simple and fun recipes for those picky eaters in your family!

Honey, Almond Butter & Banana

Spread 2 slices of whole-wheat bread with almond butter or peanut butter. Top 1 bread slice with a drizzle of honey (for kids 1 and up) and a layer of banana slices. Cover with the other slice, butter side down.

Apple, Cheddar & Peanut Butter

Split a focaccia square in half crosswise. Spread the cut side of 1 half with peanut butter. Top with a layer of cheddar-cheese slices and then a layer of thin apple slices. Cover with the other half, cut side down, and press gently.

Many more healthy recipes can be found on www.parenting.com. Remember: Allow your children to help you make the food when possible. The more they are allowed to help, the more likely they are to want to eat it. Also, make the food look fun! Make faces out of vegetables, cut out sandwiches in child-friendly cookie cutter shapes… Your possibility for fun food (and fun memories) are endless when cooking together. Enjoy!

Via: http://www.parenting.com/recipes/picky-eaters

Sound Machines for Baby: Helpful or Hurtful?

Parents all around the world have different ways of putting their children to sleep: Rocking, soft music, night light on, night light off, singing to your child… and of course, sound machines.

Sound machines are often used (especially in the United States) to help soothe a child to sleep. The idea is for the child to hear calming noises to help them sleep through the night. Some of these sound machines are placed close to the infant’s crib while others are placed around the room.

New research is showing that sound machines if placed too closely to a child’s crib while they are sleeping can cause hearing loss. Often times parents can keep the sound on a level that may not be loud to them but in many cases is far too loud for the infant as their hearing is more fragile at this age.

It is suggested that parents keep the sound machine at least one foot away from the crib and if possible to put it on the other side of the room entirely. Other research shows it also may not be good to have the sound machine on all night and to turn it off before going to bed yourself.

While many parents and doctors have their own theories about how a child should “properly” be put to sleep, it is still up to the individual parent. Make note that if the sound machine is in a small room or close to the child, make sure it is on a low volume setting and consider turning it off instead of leaving it on all night.

How to Choose the Right Pre-School

In this day and age there are many types of pre-schools to consider before enrolling your child in one. Parents have the option of Montessori, faith-based, daycare/pre-schools with a curriculum or just simply daycare to name a few.

Each type of school offers something different. Some major differences may include price, location, age of children, and curriculum content. Whether you are looking for a mommies-day-out type of center or concerned about what your child needs to know before entering Kindergarten, it is always important to do your research and compare.

Some important guidelines to follow include:

  1. Who is with my child during the day (parent helpers or teachers only)?
  2. What ratio do they follow for each age group?
  3. Is the content my child is learning age appropriate but still engaging/challenging for them?
  4. Safety- How is the school secured and how do they handle emergencies?
  5. Will the teacher help meet my child’s emotional and educational needs?

Of course there are many more questions that can be asked during a visit to a potential school. Once you know what type of school you are interested in for your child, then you can start asking more center-directed questions. Always do your research first!