Category Archives: Kid Tips/Tricks/Activities

Any activity or piece of advice geared towards kids

Vegetable Tales of Woe

As you may know if you’ve been with me from the beginning of CHG, my kiddo avoids vegetables at ALL costs.  We’ve tried bribing, sneaking, putting our feet down and making veggies “grown-up only” in the hope of getting her to try SOMETHING that is of the vegetable persuasion.  It’s no big surprise that she’s not interested (a mix of stubborn and age 3).  The best methods for no-fight vegetable ingestion, in our household, have settled with sneaking them in (we do berry shakes that include carrots and spinach) and bribing.

food groups

But bribing is not a long term solution in my opinion so I reached out to personal & parent coach, Emily McMason, during an unrelated event.  One of the suggestions she had for a no-fight solution was a food drawer.  Find some space in your fridge for foods that your kid enjoys but fulfill each of those pesky food groups and let them pick!  We used the new food drawer as an opportunity to discuss food groups and what kinds of foods need to go in our bodies to keep us healthy.  I even found a printable from NurishInteractive.com that had colorful pictures and helpful explanations of the different groups.

Cooking with Kids

I was just going through my multitudes of emails (yes, I’m a little behind) and discovered a fun post with tips for cooking with your kids.  It’s pretty awesome seeing your kiddo light up because “I did it!”

My daughter has been decorating her own cupcakes for the longest time while I’ve frosted and decorated cakes and she’s always so proud 🙂  As a result, I try to involve her more often when we’re cooking a meal where I can incorporate her awesome helper skills.

Happy cooking all!

Toddler Discipline

pitchI’ve been struggling with our little one for quite some time on matters of discipline or behaviors needing discipline… As a parent that said I wasn’t going to spank, but who was raised fearing a swat on the butt, it’s hard some days to step back and think creatively about alternate discipline methods.

That’s why I’ve had the Toddler Discipline page from About.com tabbed on my computer recently.  Just a quick reference tool to assist me in addressing unwanted behaviors that will hopefully become so ingrained in my processes that the reminder will no longer be needed… but until then, reference – reference – reference!

And, for more research/advice regarding toddlers… check out:

Easter Craft Round Up

Hey there Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts and Uncles!

I just thought I would take a second to share some links for Easter Crafts that I’ve come across…  I’ll leave the egg dying and bunny photos to you but if you’re looking for some crafty ways to keep kids busy – here you go!

I personally am a GIANT fan of the sun catcher, though I haven’t had a chance to grab the supplies 😦