Author Archives: Cheryl Y.

It may be challenging to feed your toddler. After all, this is the stage when they are the pickiest and when their appetite might slow down. The key is to be creative in your preparation and presentation and to never let them feel like nutrition is a tedious chore. Train them early with these yummy nutrition-packed foods. Vitamin C Vitamin C is known for being a potent antioxidant. It is also essential for strengthening the immune system, repairing tissues, healing the body’s wounds, and building strong bones. Find a way to incorporate oranges, strawberries, lychees, mangoes, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and kale into your child’s snacks. Protein Protein is vital for child growth because it repairs tissues in the muscles, skin, organs, blood, hair, and nails. Not only are proteins appetizing to kids, but they also pack extra nutrients. Lean meat and poultry contain iron, zinc, and vitamin B12.…

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Children can be finicky eaters, and while the challenge of getting them to eat healthy can be one that some parents give up on altogether, you might be interested to know that your child’s well-being into adulthood banks on it. Here are 3 benefits to healthy eating in early childhood. Healthy eating stabilizes your little ones’ energy and even out their moods. Excessive sugar in a toddler’s diet can spell trouble for the parents. This can cause mood swings when sugar levels drop and almost-impossible-to-handle-amounts of energy when sugar levels rise. Removing soda and offering candy in moderation in your toddlers’ diet can go a long way. In addition, bad eating habits don’t supply the body with enough nutrients for physical activity: it sets off a chain reaction toward an inactive lifestyle. Healthy eating habits in early childhood are usually carried over into adulthood. The old saying goes, “Old habits…

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Most parents don’t take this into account: colors visible during mealtime can dramatically affect their little ones’ appetites. You can keep an immaculate kitchen and fill it up with smells that rival Michelin star restaurants, but if you populate it with the wrong colors, you’ll find people will want to eat less in that area. Some adults even use surrounding colors to suppress their appetites. That being said, toddlers are very, very easily affected by colors vis-a-vis their appetites. Keeping the right colors around could save you a lot of headaches during meal time. So read on and get ready to say, “Here comes the choo-choo train!” These are three colors that you’ll want around your child’s dining area. Orange This color is particularly stimulating. It increases mental activity including that part of the brain that tells you you’re hungry. It’s always great to have carrots, oranges, mashed pumpkins, and…

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So it’s your first time eating out with your little one and you want to know what to expect. That’s just good parenting right there. Eating out with your toddler can present parents with challenges they didn’t even know existed until they first walk into that quiet restaurant with their little one, who is basically just a mass of really excitable energy. Here are three challenges you’re likely to encounter, and easy tips on how to overcome them. Items on the Kids’ Menu are not likely to be the healthiest choices. When restaurants offer a kids’ menu, they very rarely have nutrition as their top priority, so the items are likely salty and greasy, just in smaller portions than the adult-size counterparts. If this is the case with your local restaurant, try ordering a meal from the regular menu and share with your child. Grilled chicken and good ol’ spaghetti…

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You’ve seen this before: a toddler breaks out a world-class tantrum at your favorite restaurant. Diners are looking over at the family, judgment painted on their faces. The food at this particular table is everywhere; toddlers are messy eaters, after all, and this tantrum probably included some food flying around. The parents are at a loss when it comes to calming down their child, and finally, the party is discreetly asked to leave. It’s a familiar scene, and it’s not something I’d wish on my worst enemy. If you’re a first-time parent and wondering how to prevent this from happening to you, read on. Here are 5 tips for taking your little ones out for a nice dinner. Call ahead and check if the restaurant is family-friendly. I know, I know. Back in the day, all you had to worry about was if anyone had a peanut allergy or if…

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parental burnout

Parenting is incredibly tough. There are days where you’ll feel extremely exhausted and incredibly annoyed.

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children do housework

As parents, you’re probably feeling frustrated with how lazy or resistant your kids are when it comes to doing household chores.

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why you need a disposable placemat

As in all things about parenting, there are two types of mamas and papas: those who can’t wait for their baby to finally sit at a table and start eating solids, and those who dread the overall process.

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