Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Top 5 Summer Diet tips for your kids

                                                                          
Long school hours, outdoor physical activity and scorching sun can leave your kids drained out. Let not hot temperature mess with the health of your child. Check out these quick Summer Diet tips for your kids and enjoy the season happily:

                                                           Light meals              


                                       
                                                                                       

Light meals digest easily and can provide ample of energy. So include healthy meals such as rice flakes, corn flakes, cold sandwiches, porridge, salads, dal-rice combo to fill little stomachs yet feeling happy and light. Its best to avoid fried and spicy foods which may cause stomach problems.

                                                             Fluids intake

                         Milkshake, Beverage, Strawberry, Drink

Besides drinking plenty of water, make sure your kids run for different drinks such as homemade fruit juices, fruit flavoured squashes, smoothies and fruit milk shakes. In addition, buttermilk, lemonade and flavoured glucose should be given from time to time to replenish the lost electrolytes and stay away from DEHYDRATION.
These fluids not only keep the body hydrated but also provide ample of nutrients.

                                                           Fruit break

                                               

Keep the summer fruits such as watermelon, melon, berries, mangoes, bananas, etc well in reach of kids. Prepare a colorful fruit salad and  serve to kids with a dash of lemon juice and rock salt. Cut them into interesting shapes before you serve or squeeze any fruit and add couple of ice cubes to attract your kid. Even better, make popsicles out of fresh fruit juice and see the kids asking for more! You can have 3-4 fruit servings in different forms throughout the day.

                                                   Meal time can be interesting

Summer veggies must form part of daily diet of your kids but it need not be boring. Prepare mix veggie raita wherein you can add cucumber, onion and tomato to well stirred curd. Garnish it with coriander leaves. Else prepare fruit raita using bananas, mangoes and pomegranates. Kids would love to create and eat the colorful dish during lunch/ dinner.

                                    Vegan, Wrap, Plant-Based, Meal, Healthy       

Another easy tip is to spread pizza sauce or any favourite sauce of child on roti and add cooked veggies or dry chicken recipe to it. Now roll the roti and its ready to be consumed quickly by super active kids during school hours or at home. With this recipe you will be relieved that your fussy kid is getting nutrients of whole food and veggies at the same time without any hassle!

                                                                    Sweet dishes 

                                   Chocolate Brownies, Brownies, Cake, Food

Now how can we ignore daily dose of sweets to kids, but of course in proportion? Instead of ordering pastries, cakes and icecreams from outside every time, try these at home. Kids would love a visually delightful dish coming from your kitchen which can be as simple as vanilla icecream with toppings of fresh fruits, dry fruits or chocolate sauce dressing.
                                Homemade cooker cake recipe
Mango icecream, triple sundae, fruit cream, custard, cheesecake are some of the recipes that are quick and easy to make but provide ample of taste and energy too!

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Summer safety tips for kids


Friday, April 8, 2016

Top reasons why your child does not eat

                                                   

Healthy nutrition is the priority of every mother. But when child does not eat properly, it becomes cause of worry. Lets check out probable reasons of why your child does not eat:


  • He does not like the smell, taste or appearance of the food. When introduced for the first time the child may not be tempted to eat the new dish as his sensory organs disapprove it. No need to worry this phase shall go away naturally just be patient!          
  • He has had enough of snacks. Snacking just before dinner time often results in no eating on dinner table. So watch out if your kid runs for snacks, probably he is hungry and needs to be served meal earlier than others.
  • Sometimes, kids are too tired that all they want is rest. Check if your kid is rubbing his eyes and lying low, then its better to give him enough of sleep. He will make up for the skipped meal next time!   
  • CLICK HERE: How to make your child eat healthy meals happily?


  • Too much pressure on the child to eat results in withdrawal. So it's better to cool off and let the child naturally accept your choice of foods.
  • The child has stomach issues. Often the kid does not understand and able to explain that he has stomach problem such as constipation and therefore not tempted to eat anything. This issue is difficult to diagnose. Observe your child carefully if he has stomach problem, resolve that first and you will see the difference in his appetite.
  • Food allergy is another reason that your child does not eat properly or is selective. Restrictions on what to eat and what not can be boring or irritating. Probably you need to be innovative to attract them to table.
  • The child probably cannot chew or does not know how to chew and thus spill out half eaten food.
  • The child is not keeping well and hence loses her appetite. As soon as she becomes well, she will gain interest in eating.
  • Slow growth is another reason of not eating especially among toddlers. When their growth picks up, their picky eating habit will diminish.
  • Kids on formula foods often avoid normal foods of different tastes in comparison to the kids who are nurtured on breastmilk.
  • Distractions like that of television interferes with normal eating routine of a child. So let the kid focus on his plate and distractions can wait!       
  • Sometimes, its just a phase when kid is obsessed with particular kind of foods or taste. Be patient, the kid will overcome this habit and develop taste for new foods.
  • Check your eating habits first. Yes, it is important coz child will imitate what you will do. So drop your bad habit of snacking or skipping meal or being too choosy before you complain of your child's habits. Got it?
        Check what you can do to make your child eat happily
                       
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Friday, March 18, 2016

5 Things to avoid in your child's presence


Kids are fast learners than you can think. Whatever you do or speak gets imprinted on their minds and you can soon find them doing or saying the same. Scary, no? There are certain things which you would not like them to learn and do. For that you will have to avoid the following things in your child's presence:

Yelling at each other


Losing your temper and yelling at each other is certainly a bad example for kids. Try to maintain your composure even in adverse situations. That ways your kid will also learn to handle his emotions and situations calmly.


Acting sarcastically

Making fun of somebody or letting someone down may not go down well with your kid. Your kids have high regard for you and the only way to retain that respect is through respectful behaviour for others. Choose your words carefully and act in the way you expect from others.

Think before you utter your next fib

Fibs may be entertaining for you but in long run you are teaching your kids that telling lies is okay. So be honest and genuine as far as possible in front of your kids

Hooked to internet
                               


Too much online connection may result in disconnection with your own kids. Moreover, you need to set a good example in front of your kids by way of spending quality time with them both indoors and outdoors.

                              Related post: Children deserve your quality time

Using shameful words in front of kids

If you want your child not to use particular words then you need to check yourself first while talking to someone over phone or arguing with the neighbour and other situations. The kids pick these words fast and may become a part of their habit.

                               Related post: Raise optimistic and happy kids

Friday, March 11, 2016

5 things you need to say to your kid daily


Probably you may not have realized but if you say these special words daily to your kids, it will have positive impact on them. They are surely going to love you more when you mean what you say.

Good morning, dear

Morning time is full of chaos and confusion especially if you have school going kids. However, find a couple of minutes to cuddle and hug your kid while you are waking her. It will be a lovely way to start her day with smile, warmth and your love.

                              Related post: Raise happy and optimistic kids

Thank you so much

Whenever your kid follows your guidelines, completes the allotted task or modifies his ways then saying " thank you" is the best way to show your appreciation and gratitude. Needless to say, the child will himself imbibe this value in his life.

Please


Yes, parents need to say" please" to kids. Your polite response will have far reaching positive impact on children than any other way such as yelling which leads to nowhere.


Sorry

Be prompt to say sorry to your child whenever you feel you are not able to fulfill your promise or you have committed a mistake. It brings you closer to your kid and sets a good example of ideal behaviour for your child. Its a symbol of strength and not weakness of your personality.

                                   Related post: Essential Parenting tips 


Good night

No matter how much you are exhausted and in hurry to hit the bed, always pay visit to your child's room and wish him good night. Just remind him that you always love him.

                                Related post: Quality time for kids

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

5 Things Your Toddler Expects From You



As parents we have so many expectations from our kids, But ever thought our kids as young as toddler could have some expectations from us! Yes indeed. Let's find out what toddlers want their parents to do frequently and mind you they are serious about it.

Love, love and love

Sounds obvious huh? Still we as parent forget to remind our darling that we love him her so much. Whether its your phone call, business meeting, grocery time, cooking time, laundry or anything else, it takes few seconds to look into his eyes and say," I love you, dear".

                                                 Related post: Love begets love


Lots of hugs and kisses



 A hug and gentle kiss can calm down a crying child. No matter how small may be the cause of her crying or no matter whatever mistake he committed with his little hands, at the end, its your hug and kiss that he expects from you. This is the only way to make him learn from his mistakes.Mind it, he does not understand your anger, stress or fears. He understands your soft touch and gentle voice.

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Appreciation

Your toddler has learned to stack blocks and he looks up to you for your attention and appreciation. Your one compliment, "well done my child" fills him with happiness and encouragement. Your appreciation will make him cross several milestones and even after years he will remember your words of encouragement.

                                              Related post: Appreciate your kid often

Your time



Often we parents meet out the essential duties like changing nappies, feeding the kid, dropping at the play school, etc, etc but are not able to find time to spend quality time.Do spend some fun time with kids, simply join them in whatever they do, run around, make noises or jump. This time won't come back again, you know.

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Laugh out louder

Smile more and laugh louder when you are with your toddler. Show her your positive and bright side so that she imbibes the same in her. This is the easiest way to make kids happy and confident.

                                            Related post:  Laugh out loud with kids


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Beautify your kid's garden with accessories

Hope your interest in gardening is growing stronger day by day and your kids are also participating. If you feel the need to know more on gardening and have not got a chance to read my last post, then take out some time to read as you will find great resources to make you a better gardener.

In this post, I have some awesome ideas on how to make your garden look all the more beautiful with these garden accessories. These accessories are very attractive and affordable too. Check out yourself:

                                                            from: Wayfair

Garden Friends 2 Piece Garden Stone Set
















If you are planning to hold a party for your kids in the garden then these accessories will definitely appeal to your little guests:










                                                Your lawn is incomplete without this bird house, isn't it?

Busy Garden Freestanding Bird House

from: Wayfair

For Christmas celebrations, besides decorating your house, place some beautiful decoration pieces in your garden as well and receive loads of appreciation from your guests, check these:




                                                             

Garden D├ęcor Santa and Snowman Christmas Decoration



20 Piece Solar Christmas Garden Stake Decoration Set - $309.99
Bring the joys of the christmas to your yard with these festive assorted solar powered garden stakes! These beautiful holiday accents will install in just seconds and their high quality waterproof housing ensures that they can withstand the harsh elem...



The above decorative pieces are indeed awesome and eco friendly too. So why not choose your favorite and place it in your own garden!

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Encouraging kids for gardening



Friday, December 11, 2015

Guide on Gardening with kids

Now that you know gardening is an important eco friendly initiative to make our environment clean and green. Your kids also have started showing interest in gardening and ready with their cute gardening kits. However, you still can't figure out on how to start to get a beautiful garden, what things you need further and which plants to choose for your backyard.