This came about as an Earth Day project for my son's 1st grade class. We found that an old Crystal Light packet container (the long tube-like ones with a cap) can be great holders for all of those broken crayons we have lying around! You know, the ones that still have a lot of life left, but can't be found in the bottom of the box anymore. These could also hold small pencils, markers, highlighters, etc. You can peel off the outer packaging to decorate the container any way you'd like!
You can eat vegetables in lots of ways. You can eat them raw,boiled,roasted or fried. But what happens if you're not a veggie person or your kids don't eat their veggies? Try making a spinach pie recipe. It's healthy,tasty and you and your family will love it. It's a good source of Vitamin A & C.
When my kids interrupt me, I feel a great deal of stress. If I am cooking or cleaning, I feel they are interrupting my job. I reduce my stress by remembering that THEY are my job! So when you are interrupted at home or work remember the interruptions are part of your job, too.
I'm busy at home with a newborn everyday. Exercise is the last thing on my mind sometimes. But saying " My daughter needs some fresh air" is no longer about me and my health, but hers. So I force myself to go for at least a 30 minute walk.
A great way to eat healthy, and enjoy good foods is to take advantage of the summer time farmer's markets! Check your local papers/ towns for times and dates where locals sell their fresh, organic, healthy goods! It's can be a fun event for the family; help support local farmers, and help your community; and if you have never tasted a locally grown tomato; your salads and taste buds have been missing out! A good opportunity to try something new, and cost many goods are cost effective!
To get my kids involved in their nutrition, I challenged my children, now 14,12 and 9 to see who could come up with the most nutritional meal. Each kid gets to cook one meal per week and we have an pride wall to show off the kids favorite recipes. We've done this for 10 years and the kids love choosing some of their meals.
I started the year off walking my son to school. Time spent in the carpool drop-off lane is now spent walking with my son. Great conversations, teaching him healthy habits, sparing the air of carbon emissions and a bonus workout. I didn't realize I had grown afraid of the rain. Not anymore. Walking in it is an adventure through the eyes of a child, or an adult who is relearning how to really pay attention.
The power is OUT! Flashlights dim? Candles too dangerous with kids/pets? No batteries left in the store? Try the little individual solar lights designed for outdoors. I bought some at a discount store for cheap. I keep a few on my sunny fencepost...they stay clean and within easy reach to bring inside for great indoor lighting in an emergency or any day to save electricity and use the sun's free energy.
Puree a blend of your favorite fruit and berries in the food processor, then stick the result in the freezer for 2-3 hours for a healthy and refreshing snack or dessert with no fat, no salt, and minimal calories. Plus, get in at least 1 more serving of fruit! Some of my favorites are blueberry/lemon and pineapple/raspberry. PS It's a great healthy snack for the kids too!!
Playing with the kids is a fun family activity, which is not only good for bonding, but it's exercise, too! SparkPeople has all sorts of activities listed for you to log, including the general "Playing with the Kids" activity. Go play as your cardio!
Last night I got a huge burst of motivation from an unlikely source: playing with one of my favorite kids. A month ago I had trouble running with him for 5 minutes. Yesterday I chased, lifted, flipped and tickled him for more than 20 and felt fabulous! More than clothes fitting, more than a smaller BMI, more than the compliments, that was the most motivational thing to happen to me so far. So grab your kid, grandchild, neighbor's kid, whoever! and head to the park for some quality play time!
I don't like to have a lot of people standing around when I'm working out. Mostly because I'm afraid I will fall or miss a step. But, while I was working out in my living room, my daughters were cheering me on! "You're doing a great job, mommy!" and "WOW, Mommy, you're good!" really motivated me to work harder and show- off for them!
My son is in need of extra weight, and he loves milkshakes.
If you're a parent, you know that the last thing you're worried about when planning your kid's birthday party is 'the parent's nutritional needs.' The buffet of kid-friendly delights are not always in step with your current meal plans. If you have to stay at the party with your child, plan ahead by...
I work with a toddler who loves books, so we spend most of our time sitting and reading. To use up her energy (and lets face it to make my day a little more exciting) I make sure we get up, run, jump, dance or anything else that is fun and tires us both out.
I add vegetables to pre-made or canned stews, soups, and chilis to make them last longer, reduce the amount of calories per serving and sodium I ingest, and keeps me fuller. In the long run, this seems to save money, too. It's also a great way to use leftover vegetables, or last night's leftovers. Might also be a good way to get kids to eat more veggies without them noticing. It's win-win-win-win.
My 8 year old loves to play video games (who doesn't right?) but before she allowed to play she has to read for the amount of time she wants to play for the day. Her game time is cut off at an hour each day. That way if she wants to play for an hour she has to read for an hour first.
If you or one of your kids has an ear ache whether from an ear infection or from swimming, fill a CLEAN white tube sock with epsom salts, tie a knot on the open end to close and heat in the microwave until comfortably hot (not burning). Squish with your fingers to soften any hard spots. Now lay down with your sore ear ontop of the sock. The heat helps ease the pain and the epsom salts draw out the moisture which is part of the infection. Works on everyone from the very young (babies) to the very old.
My kids are young but whenever I can get them to help out I do...even if it means that it will take me longer or it won't be done perfectly. My kids are 4 years and 18 months. They help with the dishes, so while I empty the dishwasher of its plates and glasses, after removing the sharp knives, they will put away the spoons, forks and other utensils. I let my 4 year old daughter put face clothes in a stack, or put away underwear. Whenever they can help out they just love it and participate.
Think your child is too small to exercise with you? I walk or run after my 4 y/o as he rides his bike ahead of me. I have him stop at every intersection so I can catch up. It keeps my pace up, helps me to keep an eye on him, and encourages family exercise. He is always shouting, "Run Mom!" when I slow down, so it's like having a free personal trainer!