Picky Eaters

Many toddlers do not like certain foods.. Just like any adult. It is frustrating because what works for one child most definitely will not work for the other one. (My experience at least).

Few things to remember when you are dealing with picky eaters;

  • Of course serve your child what he or she wants to eat. For example, if they only like past, and hate everything else….. give them pasta.. But make sure to grate vegetables and mix it up so they don’t realize that they are actually getting their vegetables in. “Bellybees” makes great puree’s that you can add to the pasta.
  • It is easier when you have your toddler help you cook.. Like stirring and serving..
  • Try not to put them on the high chair before the meal is ready.. and keep to a meal schedule this way your toddler with recognize the pattern and be ready when its meal time.
  • When they are finally eating, try not to draw too much attention to what they are doing or force them to try food. Remember, toddlers usually eat only one full meal a day and the rest they just pick on it and that’s perfectly normal.
  • Do not walk around the house or run behind your child trying to feed them. Have discipline!! get them to sit with you in one place. Give them an activity, like a book or a toy to get their attention away (That’s if you’re feeding them)

Potty Training

Potty training is one of the most mind boggling, messy, frustrating yet more rewarding milestones in your kids life. It is important to be patient and kind during this transition time. Few tips to remember;

  • Get your child’s full attention
  • Combine speaking with gestures as children’s remember visual signals
  • Be consistent – use the same word to describe the situation. For example “Go to the potty”
  • Show your child exactly what to do
  • Always combine Verbal, Visual and Physical action to help your child learn and accomplish the situation
  • At the beginning take your child to the potty every two to three hours so they recognize what to do
  • Give Positive feedback – if they do it wrong do not yell, show them what is correct

Some children are more confident and learns faster than others. It is important that you do not compare your child to another. DO NOT DESTROY THEIR CONFIDENCE on commenting on what they do wrong.

Many children start potty training between 18 months and two years. When your child is ready, he or she will show these characteristics;

  • Remain dry for three to four hours
  • Awake from nap dry
  • Pass a lot of urine at a time
  • Tell their bladder is full

 

 

Rainy Day Games

imagesWhen you are a parent you don’t get days off or sick days, not even on a gloomy rainy day when all you want to do is creep back under the blanket again and watch old movies with a hot chocolate. But nope!! Life goes on….

With the current weather in Sri Lanka (Non –Stop rain for 3 days) and if your kids are anything like ours you are without a doubt looking for things to do inside the house.  Since none of us really want them to sit around watching TV or pay video games all day.. we came up with a few ideas to get you by.

 

Puzzles with Cereal Boxes

If you have a colorful Cereal box around the house it is a great inexpensive way to make a puzzle tailored to your child’s age and ability.

Simply get an empty cereal box and a pair of scissors.

Cut out the front panel of the box into pieces according to the child ability, Mix them up and Whola!!! Ask your child to put the puzzle together.

 

Ball in the box

You will need an empty cardboard box and a few tennis balls.

Place the box on a flat surface.. keep a distance between the box and your child ask his to throw the ball into the box.

Balloon Badminton

You will need;

  • Blown up balloon
  • Paper plate
  • Popsicle stick
  • Glue

Paste the Popsicle stick on the back of the paper plate like a handle and let it dry. Use the balloon as a ball and play indoor badminton with one or two children.

 

Kids Chore Chart

Chore chart is a great motivator. it helps your child be responsible, independent and learns the value of hard work.I started my daughter on a chore chart at the age of 2.. with simple tasks such as days she doesn’t pee in her pants or remembering to brush her teeth at night or sharing and cleaning up after herself. it gave her a scene of responsibility and pride showing off that she is becoming a big girl.

My daughter is now 6 years old and i remade her chore chart with more age appropriate tasks… it is mostly based on her daily schedule.

The rewards are based on how well she does each day and she has to collect all 7 reward squares for her to get something at the end of the week.

Please let me know what you think.

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Travelling with a Infant

There are a lot of things that different websites recommend to do when traveling with an infant on an airplane. Some say rub the baby’s feet, some say feed a bottle and some give the pacifier. I recently took a 32 hour flight from Toronto Canada to Colombo Sri Lanka with a 3 month old baby and a 5 year old child.  So let me tell you what works.

For the 3 month old..

Pacifier does not work.. if by any chance the baby’s ears do pop.. they will stop sucking on the pacifier and the pain will be worse. So this is what I did that worked wonders.. every time the plane took off or landed I just fed the baby..  while covering his ears.. there was no fuss and he slept great.. and I highly recommend getting a bassinet if qualified.. its more comfortable for the baby.

For the 5 year old…

Bubble gum was suppose to do the trick but my daughter spent more time playing with it than actually chewing on it so her ears started to pop. But, luckily I had a bottle of water with me and made her drink it. Of course the trick is to make her drink it via a straw and not just from the bottle the sucking motion combined with the swallowing motion does the trick. So she was fine after that..

So this is what works for me.. for all your travelers dreading to take your baby with you..  well Good Luck..