How do you get your kids to brush their teeth? Do you use a timer? Do you sing a song? To get my kids to brush their teeth properly, we sing the “Happy Birthday” song! It’s an easy trick to help get them in the mindset to brush their teeth longer, and properly, too! And my daughter being 11 and in French Immersion gets to sing “Joyeux Anniversaire” while she brushes her teeth!
This month it’s National Oral Health Care month, and it’s the perfect reminder to pay special attention to our teeth and our children’s teeth! Poor oral health can lead to gum disease, which can lead to teeth loss… I don’t need to go on, right? View Post
School lunches have always been a struggle with me and my kids. ALWAYS. There are times when I put a LOT of effort into school lunches, and I’ll make pasta and rice dishes and really good meals! And there are other times where I go for a “tapas” style lunch – meaning an assortment of finger foods that I found in my fridge and pantry (think crackers, hummus, veggies, fruits, cheese…).
Either way, my kids prefer variety – too many days of the same thing and they revolt and will. not. eat. lunch. I try to alternate between a warm dish, some sushi, a wrap, or a sandwich – but a plain sandwich will NOT do. For some reason, my children believe that a plain sandwich is no where near as yummy as a “cute” sandwich. View Post
When I had kids, I knew that I would never become a “soccer mom” or a “hockey mom”. The early wake up times, shuffling sports gear to and fro, and the possibility of driving an actual “family vehicle” brought me fear and loathing…! I wasn’t very sporty either, so how did I end up being a “ski mom”? View Post
This year we’ve made a conscious effort as a family to eat healthy, nutritious foods, and to do so, we’ve included our children in choosing our the foods we eat. But how do you make sure that the picky eater is getting the nutrition he needs?
Our younger son is a picky eater – meaning he could easily survive off cheeseburgers, pizza, and crackers. It’s a struggle to get him to eat fruits and veggies, so I have to get creative when it comes to making meals, and being sure to choose the right snacks.
We want to have our kids choosing nutritious foods, instead of foods that simply appear healthy – and how do we do that? By teaching them how to check the Nutrition Facts on food! The Nutrition Facts table (NFt) is found on most packaged food products in Canada, including our favourite breakfast cereals, canned goods, and frozen foods. The Nutrition Facts table is KEY in helping you choose the nutritious choice for your growing kids! View Post
I think I’m failing at this whole “pick a word/phrase/intention” for 2017 thing. I know, it’s four weeks into the year and I still haven’t picked one.
What in the world am I talking about? You KNOW what I’m talking about…. On that magical first day of the year, everyone picks a “word of the year”, an intention, a path that pushes you forward – that motivates you to be the person you want to be – the person you deserve to be…. View Post
Growing up, I often heard the saying, “Never judge until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”
It’s like all the sayings parents, teachers, and well-meaning adults tell you: If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. The grass is always greener on the other side. Etc.
Typically, you acknowledge the saying, you try to apply it to your situation, and ten minutes later you forget about it and go out and play. But something about judging people for what they are or are not has always bothered me, and it’s something I hope my children understand one day as well… View Post
As our kids grow older we strive to have open conversations about different things like school and friends, but also about more serious topics like money. Money isn’t always the most fascinating topic to a kid, but once we involved our kids in financial conversations, certain things peaked their interest.
Most kids know that their guardian works and makes money. That money is spent on groceries, bills, and sometimes fun stuff. Helping kids understand the value of that money, how to create a budget, and spend money wisely gives them a good foundation for their adult lives. View Post