Sometimes, as a parent it’s hard to know if you are doing the right thing, pointing your kids in the right direction, teaching them what they need and giving them the tools to succeed in school and in life. Here’s some articles I researched that might help us all sleep better at night…well, at least ease some of the worry.
Take a break, have some coffee and click on each link above and inform yourself.
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This is the perfect after school snack to keep them full until dinner!
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 (10 ounce) bag Tostitos Scoops
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup sour cream or 1 cup guacamole
- Cook the ground beef on medium to high heat in a non stick pan until brown and no longer pink.
- Drain the ground beef and rinse your pan and add beef back to your pan.
- Pour the jar of Salsa into beef mixture and let simmer until the beef fully absorbs the sauce. The longer you let simmer the better it will taste.
- While the mixture is cooking, heat oven to 350 degrees and place a cooking sheet on any flat oven pan. Place the Tostitos scoop cups facing up in on the pan.
- Once the mixture is ready you can spoon it into Tostitos scoop cups and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.
- Cook in the oven until the cheese is melted.
- Place each scoop cup on a platter and you can either leave sour cream or guacamole on the side or add to each cup.
Recipe and image courtesy of Food.com!
It’s hard to know when your kids are getting enough of the “good stuff”, you know…fruits and vegetables. Maybe this chart and information will help to simplify exactly what your children need, whether they’re toddlers or teenagers.
Perfect Serving Sizes
|Age||Fruit (girls)||Fruit (boys)||Vegetables (girls)||Vegetables (boys)|
|1-2||1/2||1/2||2 – 3||2 – 3|
|2-3||1||1||2 1/2||2 1/2|
|4-8||1 1/2||1 1/2||4 1/2||4 1/2|
Note: One serve of fruit is 150 grams (equal to 1 medium-sized apple; 2 smaller pieces (e.g. apricots); 1 cup
What doesn’t count as a fruit serving?
- Fruit strips
- Gummy bear fruit snacks
- Fruit roll ups
- Only the first glass of juice counts for one serving; the rest needs to be whole fruit and vegetables
- Fruit flavoring
- Products that say on the front of the box that they have fruit or vegetables in them but when you check the ingredient list, it is far down. If it is not #1 on the list, it doesn’t count.
Dr. Deb’s Bottom Line: Most children eat unhealthy food every day, especially at snack time. If your child is in this category, limit the amount of junk food (cookies, chips, ice cream and soda for example), to 75-100 calories per day for the younger child and teenage girl, and 200 calories per day for the male teenager. Be careful and look at the Nutrition Facts Panel for serving sizes and calories. This amount adds up fast.
Article and images are courtesy of www.buildhealthykids.com < click there for more details.
This entrée is excellent with a side of pasta and marinara or zucchini (made into noodles) with marinara. Yum!
Grilled Chicken Parmesan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 jar of pasta sauce
- 2/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese.
- Place chicken directly on a hot grill and cook chicken until cooked throughout and chicken is browned.
- Take chicken off the grill and place on a nonstick baking sheet.
- Top with about 1 tablespoon pasta sauce and parmesan cheese.
- Turn the broiler on high and broil chicken for about 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
This delicious recipe and the image is courtesy of www.nutritionistreviews.com < check her out for more incredible and easy meal ideas.
We all want our children to be happy, but let’s face it, we can only do so much, but…are we doing enough? Here’s a few tips of some things we may be overlooking in our day to day monotonous lifestyles, that can possible help our children to be happier. Take a look:
LOL! Joking Helps:
Lighten up! Joking with your toddler helps set them up for social success, according to research presented at the Economic and Social Research Councils’ Festival of Social Science 2011. When parents joke and pretend, it gives young kids the tools to think creatively, make friends and manage stress. So feel free to play court jester — your kids will thank you later.
No surprise here: Parents who express negative emotions toward their infants or handle them roughly are likely to find themselves with aggressive kindergarteners. That’s bad news, because behavioral aggression at age 5 is linked to aggression later in life, even toward future romantic partners. So if you find yourself in a cycle of angry parent, angry baby, angrier parent, try to break free. It will ease your problems in the long run.
Parental guilt is its own industry, but avoid the undertow! Research suggests that self-compassion is a very important life skill, helping people stay resilient in the face of challenges. Self-compassion is made up of mindfulness, the ability to manage thoughts and emotions without being carried away or repressing them, common humanity, or empathy with the suffering of others, and self-kindness, a recognition of your own suffering and a commitment to solving the problem. Parents can use self-compassion when coping with difficulties in child-rearing. In doing so, they can set an example for their kids.
When the kids fly the nest, research suggests it’s best to let them go. College freshmen with hovering, interfering “helicopter” parents are more likely to be anxious, self-conscious and less open to new experiences than their counterparts with more relaxed moms and dads. That doesn’t mean you should kick your offspring to the curb at 18, but if you find yourself calling your child’s professors to argue about his grades, it may be time to step back.
If you’re a parent with a significant other, don’t let your relationship with your spouse or partner fall by the wayside when baby is born. Parents who suffer from marital instability, such as contemplating divorce, may set their infants up for sleep troubles in toddlerhood, according to research published in May 2011 in the journal Child Development. The study found that a troubled marriage when a baby is 9 months old contributes to trouble sleeping when the child is 18 months of age. It may be that troubled houses are stressful houses, and that stress is the cause of the sleep problems.
For more tips on raising Happy kids, click here!
This is super-easy and delicious, the kids won’t (probably won’t) turn their noses up at this meal…
- 1 packet 99% fat-free 2-minute noodles (chicken flavor)
- 1/3 cup frozen peas
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 eggs, lightly whisked
- Break the 2 minute noodles into 3cm pieces.
- Place in a heatproof bowl.
- Add the flavor sachet from the packet and frozen peas.
- Cover with boiling water and set aside for 2 minutes or until tender. Drain.
- Preheat grill on medium. Heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
- Add the noodle mixture to the pan. Pour over eggs, lightly whisked.
- Cook for 3 minutes or until set around the edge but still runny in the center.
- Place the pan under the grill and cook for 3 minutes or until set.
- Cut into quarters to serve.
Image and recipe are courtesy of www.taste.com.au
With all of the back-to-school excitement going on, on top of everyone’s usual monotony, I thought this would be a great blog topic for today. We can all use some organization, especially when it comes to our kids and their things…
Make Car Seating Work Harder
Plastic shower pockets hold everything a mom could possibly need on a road trip (or, heck, a supermarket run) with kids.
Embrace the “Drop Zone”
It seems counterintuitive to your battle against clutter to create a place where you leave piles of stuff. But just like a piece dark chocolate can satisfy your sweet tooth (and help you avoid a sugar binge later), a dedicated spot for everyday items is the stopgap that prevents your entire home from eventually looking like a tornado hit it..
Use Cabinet Sides for Storage
Get wet sponges and scrubbers off your countertop by placing them in desk organizers hung on the side of nearby cabinets (an ever-underutilized space).
Hang Jewelry on a Pegboard
Eliminate tangles, dents, and messy piles when each necklace and earring has an individual hook. By framing the pegboard and painting it a soft, inviting color, it doubles as wall art and doesn’t come off as utilitarian-style storage.
Make Hidden Spaces Look Pretty
This utility zone might be hidden from guests, but you still have to look at it every day. Choose furniture-like pieces (like this blogger’s green drawer-turned-tray) and wrap the interior with patterned contact paper to inspire you to stay tidy.
Corral Underwear With PVC Pipe
Storing undies in cute compartments helps you instantly see every pair you own. Plus the painted pipes offer an extra bit of fun to your everyday routine.
Contain Pesky Plastic Bags
If a bloated pile of grocery store bags is taking over your cabinet space, stuff them into empty tissue boxes for a handy, compact solution.
Conceal Cords With Hooks
Nothing hampers decor quite like wires that have to be plugged in across the room. Tiny adhesive hooks help camouflage potential tangles by attaching cords to the back of furniture.
Label Your Junk Drawer
Spelled out in front of your face, these organization hints are hard to ignore, even for the most clutter-blind members of your family.
Create a Sorting Station
Under Kim’s folding table, she placed a basket for each member of her family. She sorts the laundry into each person’s bin and they’re required to fold and put it away.
Take these and do with them what you will…organize like crazy!
Images and content courtesy of the amazing goodhousekeeping.com!
Slow Cooker Sweet Glazed Pork Chops
- 4-6 boneless pork chops (mine were pretty thick)
- 1 (12 oz) bottle chili sauce
- 1 cup grape jelly
- Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place pork chops at the bottom.
- In a bowl, mix together the chili sauce and the jelly; pour on top of pork chops.
- Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours (do 8 hours if your pork chops are frozen) or HIGH for 3-4 hours (I prefer the low and slow method for these).
Recipe and image courtesy of www.sixsistersstuff.com
With Back-to-school right around the corner, I though we could all use some new ideas for after school snacks for the kiddos. Take a look:
- 1 package unflavored gelatin (1/4 ounce)
- 1/4 cup peach juice
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 1 10 – ounce bag frozen peaches, thawed, or 2 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
- 4 6 – ounce container low-fat peach yogurt
- 1 ice pop mold (10-pop capacity)
- 10 wooden Popsicle sticks
- Stir together gelatin and peach juice in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute on HIGH. Stir in agave and set aside for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine peaches and yogurt in the base of a blender. Puree until smooth. With blender running, add gelatin mixture in a thin stream.
- Pour mixture into ice pop molds, place sticks carefully into center and freeze 6 hours or overnight.
“Children are a great comfort in your old age and they help you reach it faster, too.”
- Lionel Kauffman
Recipe and image courtesy of www.familycircle.com
Today being August 1st…Back to School is just around the proverbial corner. I thought it would be the perfect time to share some tips that might make this transition easier on all of us.
- Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “School Time” two weeks before the first day.
- Reacquaint your kids with the calendar schedule they’ll use to manage their activities.
- Try apps like iHomework or MyHomeWork to help your kids organize assignments.
- Refresh your rules about screen time for the school year. What’s allowed and when?
- Establish a set “Family Time,” whether it’s during dinner or before bed.
- Discuss what your kids can expect on the first day so they feel more prepared.
- Visit the school with your kids so they can get familiar with their new environments.
- Get the lists of school supplies, books and technology your kids will need.
- Include your kids in back-to-school shopping by letting them pick out their items.
- Use this printable checklist to establish a regular morning routine.
- If your kids bring their own lunch, pack their lunch boxes before going to bed.
- Create an inbox for kids to leave things that need your attention, like permission slips.
- Keep a small emergency allowance in your kids’ bags, just in case.
- Remove things like mobile devices from kids’ bedrooms to focus them on sleeping.
- Talk openly with your kids about their feelings about returning to school. Make sure to hit on these 5 Back-to-School Worries.
For more tips like these – click here!