Tips for Fussy Eaters

Fussy eaters, at least to me, are actually pretty great. It shows that children are different, and that’s okay, and as parents, we need to show our children that its okay to be different and to not like certain foods.

The first thing to think about is if your child might not like the texture, this is a common reason why children don’t like foods. This would be things such as rice, quinoa, and cream of wheat or other gooey foods such as banana, puddings, or yoghurts. A good first sign is to watch what you give your child and see if there’s a similarity to their reaction and what you feed them.

Another huge thing is learning to respect both your child and their appetite. Something we as parents need to remember is that children are just small people. They have feelings and we just need to remember this. If your child wants a healthy diet change, such as not having dairy or meat, the best thing to do is to respect that and not make them have it, but maybe research new ideas. Not everyone likes the same thing and that’s the best part about being different.

Personally, I think a “no thank you” bite is always a must. Even if your child doesn’t want to, convincing them to take a “no thank you” or an adventure bite will show your child that it’s not bad to try new things, even if you don’t think you will like them. You’ll realize that, sometimes, your child might be surprised. Talking into, but not forcing, and explaining what this bite means, is a great way to get your child to agree to thing. By no means does this mean that they have to eat the whole thing, but just a bite so they know the flavors.

Learning how to make a lot of different things, and how to doctor it up, is a great way to get your child to eat things. A great example is that Big Chewy hates with a passion rice. However, with a lot of failures, I found out with cream of mushroom or chicken, some pepper and salt, corn and peas, he will eat the whole thing and come back for more.

I hope these tips helped you, and I know it’ll be long and tedious, but you’ve got this mama. I know you do.

Back to School

Only another week until my son starts school. It’s his second year of pre-k, due to some “awesome” state laws. As much as I could probably fight it, I think my son could use another year to become slightly more mature. Maybe he will grow out of temper tantrums before he starts Kindergarten.

 

So, to start before school, we have some cleaning up to do and hopefully this helps you, too.

 

  1. Time Management. Gee I suck at this one but during the summer, when you’re a stay at home parent, you don’t really think about this weird concept. You know, the sun stays out late, so do you and the kids. It just happens. If you start writing out and implying a schedule about 3 weeks before school starts, it should become an easy thing to follow during this school year. Does this mean during weekends too? Yes. Yes it does. It sucks, but then it won’t.
  2. Crock Pot meals. Pre buy, pre cook, pre package. Take out, put in a crock pot while feeding the kids breakfast and walk away. It’s that easy. This will also help with the prior Time Management part. With not having to worry about dinner every night, there’s more time to get the kids ready.
  3. Bed Time. Oh yay…the fun part. My preschooler must be in bed by 8:00pm, no if ands or buts. Hubby usually puts him to bed, mainly because certain children will only listen to males. My son happens to be one of them. Having them in bed at a decent hour will be best so they can have an A+ day at school.
  4. After School Activity. This is an important one, as there is always energy built up AFTER school lets out. It’s always a good thing for them to run out that stank. With the crock pot meals, it’s a possibility to take them to a park or maybe run an errand with them. Since we take public transportation, it’s an “adventure” to take our son anywhere and by the end of it, he’s tired out. Mostly because he is a busy bee and loves talking to people that we pass.

 

I hope this small list helps you blast off to an amazing 2017-2018 school year, I wish you and yours an awesome school year.

Fort Casey, Washington State

This has been my second time at Fort Casey in Washington State by Whidbey Island, and now that I am writing, I feel I can write a decent review on it.

 

As I said, Fort Casey is stationed by Whidbey Island, and is a state park in Washington state. Though this is the second time I went, and previous times there hasn’t been a fee, there is now a $10 fee for state parks. This is a good thing to know for future endeavors.

 

Other than that, I think it was awesome. In three…maybe three and a half hours, we were able to eat lunch, and look around. We never made it to some bunkers, observatory or the light house, but even though, we did pretty well for timing and two children with us.

 

There’s ton of things to look at, on bottom you start with bunkers, empty areas and a lot of crevasses. Some of the doors are welded shut, for whatever reason. They probably want to keep certain stuff locked away, as to not be destroyed.

 

Walking up, you want to be careful. With small children, there’s some spaces that looks easy for them to fall. There’s also this “wonderful” thing called Capture the Flag that is played by the older children as well as the younger adults. It looks fun…for them. For others its obnoxious and dangerous. They run all over that they can, and they have no regard for others enjoying the park. There is a rule about them not playing that one of my friends who was visiting noticed, but there seems to be no actual enforcing of the rules there. That’s not their fault though, a lot goes into caring for a huge park area. The best advice I can give is to keep a great eye on children and be close in case you have to move them close.

 

All in all, the trip was fun. We got some amazing pictures and spent the day with people I haven’t seen in years. Pretty awesome.