6 Tips for Dealing With Picky Eaters

How to Deal With a Picky Eater

Having a picky eater is a challenge at any age.  It usually happens in toddlers and preschoolers as they’re still getting used to new tastes and textures.  Below are 6 tips to handle your picky eater and make sure she still gets plenty of good nutrition. Plus, I have included one of my favorite products to encourage healthy eating.  The “Today I Ate a Rainbow Chart.”  It’s a fun way for kids to keep track of the healthy foods they eat.   http://www.todayiatearainbow.com/

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Here are some other tips to dealing with picky eaters.

Think of your job as offering, not forcing

If your child is hungry, he’ll eat!  Therefore, don’t think of your job as a force feeder or monitor of how much he did or didn’t eat, instead focus on offing good choices at every meal, and allow him to make the right choices.

Set a schedule

Be sure that you’re having set meal and snack times.  This will mean that your child has less opportunity to fill up on snacks before meal time.  If they are in the habit of asking for a snack a half hour before dinner and you’re in the habit of giving them a pack of fruit gummies so you can get back to cooking dinner, of course they aren’t going to eat your dinner!

Don’t bribe her with sweets

Don’t get in the habit of forcing your child to eat “just one more bite” before she gets her dessert.  This does nothing more than feed her appetite for sugary treats!

Hide the good stuff

Try to find some ways to hide vegetables in things that your kid loves! With one quick online search you can learn how to put sweet potatoes in chocolate chip cookies, make cauliflower tots that look exactly like chicken nuggets and how to make a sauce for pasta made from carrots and cauliflower.

Get them involved with preparation

Getting a young one involved in some aspect of preparing the food is one of the best ways to get them involved. If you have a garden, they’ll love every step from planting to watering to harvesting.  If you don’t garden, you can let them choose a fruit or veggie every week at the store. Once they’re old enough they can help stir and pour ingredients (avoid letting the touch anything that could be dangerous, of course).  By involving them in the preparation in some way, they take a sense of pride in the food and are more likely to eat it!

Never fight

Fighting, arguing, coaxing and bribing just don’t work!  In fact, they usually increase mealtime anxiety, so just let it go and trust that you’re doing your best by offering good choices and your child will eat when he’s hungry.

 

 

Put Your Safety First

Here at Parking Pal we are all about keeping kids safe!  Looks like we aren’t the only ones.  I recently came across a really COOL video for kids all about safety.  It has a very catchy tune.  I actually can’t stop singing the chorus.  My 8 year old watched it and thought it was cute, but I think it would be great to start showing this to kids as a much younger age.

http://youtu.be/CD_otOjgiIk   ”A song for kids to remind them of all kinds of safety issues they need to be aware of. From chewing their food,crossing the street,playing with matches etc. A fun and entertaining way for parents to reinforce being safe. Great for teachers in the classroom and homeschoolers also.” – Discover and Learn

But they don’t just have safety songs….they have all sorts of educational music for children.  Check out their website here.

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How To Stay Healthy With Essential Oils

Are you looking for some natural ways to treat some common illnesses?  Read this post on essential oils from our guest blogger Janine to learn more.

breathe usesWhat exactly are Essential Oils and how are they beneficial? Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in plants. They are steam distilled or cold pressed extracted and very concentrated. They are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. For example, 1 drop of lemon oil is equivalent to eating 30 lemon rinds. Essential oils are not only powerful but have safe benefits without any side effects. Ancient Cultures used them as a natural way to heal the body. DoTERRA essential oils are 100% natural and certified pure therapeutic grade. They have no fillers or harmful additives and are tested to ensure safety and quality. One amazing fact about Essential Oils is that they penetrate the cell membrane to kill viruses and bacteria.

Breathe is a combination of several oils that can be used to replace some items in your medicine cabinet. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, coughs, congestion, influenza, croup, rsv, pneumonia or sinusitis, Breathe is your go to Essential Oil. It can even stop your loved one from snoring! Truly an amazing product that works for a multitude of health issues.

To learn more about the many uses of Breathe check out this       link: http://www.everythingessential.me/Search%20results.html?q=breathe

To learn more about essential oils you can connect with Janine below:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janines-Essential-Oils/1397620747162838

www.mydoterra.com/janinesanchez

12 Unique and Helpful Products for Children With Autism

12 unique products for children with autism

Parking Pal was excited to be included in an article about products that are useful for children with autism.  http://www.myprgenie.com/view-publication/12-unique-and-helpful-products-for-children-with-autism.  Leave a comment below if you know of other products that would be useful.

 

Help You Kids to Fall Asleep Naturally With This Essential Oil

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I have recently become very interested in Essential Oils and the benefits from using them. There is so much to learn about them and to me it seems a little overwhelming. Of course, I’m no expert in the area of essential oils, however, I have found someone that is. Her name is Janine Sanchez and I have asked to to contribute to my blog. Every few weeks she will teach us about a new oil and a few things it can be used for. This week is Lavender. (my personal favorite).

Guest post by Janine Sanchez:

We all know that bedtime can be quite a chore for moms. Lavender oil is great and can help you and your little ones get that much needed rest. Just put a drop on your pillow and 1-3 drops on the bottom of your feet and you will feel calmer and be able to sleep better. Lavender is the most popular and safest essential oil. Lavender can be used topically, aromatically and internally. It helps allergies, anxiety, bites/stings, burns, depression, fevers and mood swings.

To learn more about the many uses of lavender check out this link: http://www.eeoils.me/Oils/Lavender.html

To learn more about essential oils you can connect with Janine below:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janines-Essential-Oils/1397620747162838
www.mydoterra.com/janinesanchez

If you interested in being a guest blogger, please email info@parkingpalmagnet.com

Win It Wednesday- Accessory Connectz

How can you take plain old flip flops and turn them into something adorable?  With Accessory Connectz of course.  Fun and fashionable!  Works with headbands or flip flops…..and you can win a starter kit.

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To win, just stop by our facebook page and enter under to post for this giveaway.  And we want to give a big thanks to our friends at Accessory Connectz…another great mom owned company!

Win It Wednesday- Oops Undies

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Unisex, short-shorts style waterproof underwear for kids. Made from soft bamboo, these discreet undies look just like regular underwear but have the added bonus of light incontinence protection.

Oops! Undies – waterproof bamboo kids underwear. The perfect stocking stuffer that will have them knowing “Yes I can!”

12 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe This Holiday

By Kim Estes

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The Holidays are here. OK, I said it. Hard to believe but true! The holiday season is often hectic and can be incredibly stressful to many parents. This year, global changes and uncertainty are also factoring into our holiday mood. There are so many things going on around us and often personal safety gets overlooked during this hectic time. However, now is the best time to brush up on safety with your family. There will be lots of interaction with family and friends and new experiences and new places. Now is a great time to practice “what if” scenarios with your kids. Believe it or not, taking time to talk safety with your kids will take some of the anxiety out of your holiday season and theirs.

Here are some great tips on how to stay safe during the holidays.

Safety while shopping:

• Have a designated spot (like a sales counter) to meet at if you get separated.

• Make sure younger kids practice their name, your name and cell phone number

• Remind kids never to leave the store, no matter what!

• Practice identifying “safe grown ups” while you are out and about

• Older kids should always take a friend when going to the mall without and adult

• Remind kids to always check first with you before going anywhere or accepting gifts

• Never leave children unattended in stores, arcades, or playgrounds

Safety at holiday parties:

• Let your child chose who they wish to show affection to. Do not force them to kiss or hug someone. Even if it means hurting Grandma or Uncle Joes feelings. Your child needs to know they have power over their own bodies.

• Check in on your kids when you are at a large gathering or function. Make sure they are doing OK.

• Kids need to check first with a parent before going off with someone at the party (eg. To play video games or watch a movie in the bedroom or leaving the house to go play in the front yard)

• Have each adult at the party take 20 minute “shifts” to cruise around and check on the kids to make sure they are all doing OK.

• If someone is making your child uncomfortable (excessive tickling, hugging, wrestling) intervene on your child’s behalf to end the behavior. You child needs to know they have your support and that you are there to protect them, no matter what.

Most of all have a safe and wonderful holiday season!
About the Author: Kim Estes is the owner of Savvy Parents Safe Kids and has worked with parents for over 15 years, educating them on various parenting topics. Kim is a certified prevention educator through the National Security Alliance, the Kid Safe Network and is a Darkness 2 Light facilitator. As a Child Safety Expert, Kim has appeared on local and national TV and Radio shows, helping to raise awareness on the importance of prevention education. For more information about her work or to schedule a workshops go to: www.savvyparentsafekids