Archive for January, 2013

30 Blogs with Tricks for Getting Kids to Eat Healthy

January 22nd, 2013 by admin

It’s not always easy to get kids to eat a healthy diet.  Many would like to live on pizza and chicken nuggets, not broccoli and spinach, and making the switch to feeding your kids a healthy diet may be received with some resistance.  Keep the faith; there are tricks for getting your kids to eat healthy.  As you know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s very important for your child to eat breakfast so they have brain food to fuel them through their day.  Breakfast tips and other tricks for getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies can be found in these 30 blog entries.

Breakfast

It can be a struggle to get out of the house in the mornings and the kids don’t always want to eat breakfast nor do they always have the time.  This is why it’s important for you to set the example by regularly eating a balanced breakfast.  Whether you have to get everyone up a littler earlier to eat some breakfast or prepare some options for eating breakfast on the go, you can always fit in a quick meal to start the day.  Here are five blog posts that will give you some tricks for getting your kids to eat breakfast.

Fruits and Vegetables

How many fruits and vegetables a child needs to eat will vary by age.  A good rule of thumb would be 3 to 5 servings.  For example: a 4 to 5 year old should eat 2 cups of vegetables and 1 ½ cups of fruit every day.  Here are five blog articles that will give you tips on how to get your kids to eat more fruits and veggies.

Healthy Snacks

Some children prefer to graze on small meals throughout the day instead of sitting down to three big meals.  This way of eating is actually ideal for the human body because it keeps the metabolism functioning at top speed and gives your body all of the fuel it needs.  Making healthy snacks available to your kids will ensure they eat healthy snacks.  More importantly, you should get rid of snacks that are unhealthy so your kids have no other option than to eat the healthy snacks.

Protein

Are your kids picky eaters?  It’s not uncommon for a child to be selective with the type of foods they eat, and many kids are finicky when it comes to eating meat.  At this age, it’s more likely that the child doesn’t like having to chew the meat for a long time than actually having an aversion to the taste.  Here are some tips for getting more protein into your child’s diet so you don’t have to worry so much when they don’t eat their meat at dinner.

Healthy Diet

If you are looking for some overall tips on how to get your child to eat a healthy diet, check out these five blog posts.  These bloggers have put together a bunch of creative ideas to get your kids to eat better.  Set the example for your kids and only keep healthy food in the house and you are half way there.

Hiding Veggies

When all else fails, you can learn to hide vegetables in your kid’s food.  Zucchini in the chocolate cake, carrots in the spaghetti sauce, and spinach in the smoothies are just a few ways to hide the good stuff.  These five blog entries will give your more ideas.

30 Blogs with Tips for Getting Good Behavior from Kids

January 16th, 2013 by admin

There are no two children alike and when it comes to teaching kids good behavior, what works with one child won’t always work with the next.  It’s important to be flexible as you teach your kids the importance of good behavior, and be willing to try various methods to get your kids to behave well.  These 30 blog entries will give you several ideas on different tactics that can help you instill good behavior in your kids.

Expectations

Set your expectations ahead of time and make sure that the kids understand these expectations, how they are supposed to act, and what they are supposed to do.  It’s important to also make sure that the kids also know the consequences of not living up to those expectations and that exhibiting bad behavior does come with consequences.  These five blog posts will help you set your expectations.

Setting Limits

Kids are known for pushing boundaries to find out exactly where the limits are.  Once you’ve set your limits on what type of behavior is acceptable and what is not and made your kids aware of and enforced these limits, you will get better behavior.  Here are five blog posts to help you set limits for your kids.

House Rules

You can’t let your kids have free reign of the house and expect that they’ll behavior perfectly all the time. Setting house rules can help curb bad household behavior and manners, as long as you also are firm about what the ramifications are if they break the rules. These five blog entries will discuss house rules.

Age-Appropriate

Make sure that the rules you are setting and the expectations you have are age-appropriate for your children.  Rules that are good for a teenager are not always good for a 10 year old child.  Here are five blog posts discussing how to establish and enforce rules that are age-appropriate.

Special Needs

As a parent to a child with special needs, you may find there needs to be a whole separate set of rules in place than the rules you’ve set for a child without special needs.  Depending upon the situation, the rules might have to be different for each child to successfully achieve good behavior.  These five bloggers have suggestions for getting good behavior from your child.

Rewards

Rewarding good behavior instead of punishing bad behavior is thought to be a more productive and successful way to teach a child to behave.  Kids are more likely to behave a certain way when they know that their behavior will result in achieving something that they like.  Check out these five blog posts for more helpful hints.

How to Disinfect Tub Toys

January 8th, 2013 by admin

When getting kids to take a bath is a battle, a few fun toys can make the experience a bit more enjoyable for everyone involved. While your child is getting clean and having a ball, however, her toys can collect mold, bacterial growth or hard water deposits if they’re not draining properly and aren’t periodically cleaned. Rather than tossing the entire lot and replacing them, which can be bad for the environment as well as hard on your pocketbook, you can take advantage of a few tips that will allow you to clean them thoroughly.

Be Careful With Bleach

Household bleach is an effective cleaner, but it’s also a harsh chemical that can be dangerous for children. Your first instinct may be to clean your child’s bath toys with a solution of diluted bleach, but it’s important to note that the concentration of chemicals in commercial bleach products changed in December of 2012. Before the change, most brands contained a 5.25% – 6% solution of sodium hypochlorite. Now, bleach sold under both national brand names and as generic products may contain up to 8.25% sodium hypochlorite. New recommendations for using bleach on children’s toys include choosing only Environmental Protection Agency registered products, carefully following the manufacturer’s dilution instructions, and modifying contact times accordingly.

Vinegar is Your Friend

The same stuff that makes a great salad dressing and has a host of culinary uses is also an effective alternative to harsh chemical cleaners, killing mold and inhibiting bacterial growth. Soaking bath tub toys in a basin containing a solution of two parts hot water to one part white vinegar for 10 to 15 minutes at least once a week, then letting them air dry in the sun or on clean, folded towels near an open window can help them to dry quickly without forming dangerous mold or bacterial growth. As an added bonus, vinegar will not irritate your child’s sensitive skin or expose him to dangerous chemicals.

The Dishwasher: Not Just for Dishes

Tub toys that are made of rubber or plastic can be run through the dishwasher, where high water temperatures and detergents can kill any existing mold or bacteria. If you opt to keep your child’s bath tub toys clean by regularly washing them in the dishwasher, it’s important to keep in mind that proper drainage and thorough drying is still very important. When water collects in hard-to-reach places, bacteria and mold can still flourish.

Keep Bath Tub Toys Out of the Bathroom

It may seem like an unnecessary complication to store your child’s bath tub toys somewhere other than the bathroom, but it can actually help to keep them clean and disinfected. Steam from baths, showers and hot water running in the sink makes the bathroom air moist most of the time, which can promote bacterial growth and mold formation on your child’s newly-cleaned toys. When they’re stored elsewhere and brought in for bath time, they’re not cluttering your bathroom or subjected to constant moisture in the air.

Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

Using an old but clean toothbrush or other small scrub brushes to clean hard-to-reach cracks and crevices with antibacterial dish soap allows you to see any mold that has formed and attack it directly. If toys are particularly gunky, it may be best to start cleaning with this method and then follow up with a soak in vinegar solutions or a trip through the dishwasher cycle. Adding a small amount of tea tree oil to your scrubbing solution can also help, as it’s a natural substance with strong antiseptic qualities. Be sure to thoroughly rinse any toys that you’ve cleaned with a tea tree oil solution, however, as it is not considered safe for ingestion and bath tub toys seem to always end up in kids’ mouths.

Check for Cleaning Products Targeted to Kids

There are some commercially-available products on the market that are designed to clean kids’ toys safely and effectively. If you do choose to go this route, however, be sure that you check the label to ensure that there are no warnings or overly harsh chemicals. Despite “green” names and deceptive packaging, some specialty products are just re-packaged versions of their full-strength, chemical-laden brethren.