Traveling With KidsWritten by Susanne Myers
A little preparation will make a big difference in how enjoyable traveling with your kids can be. Use some of our tips and ideas below, whether you and your children are traveling by car or plane. After all, this is time of year when we are ready to relax and rejuvenate, not stress about how to get to our favorite vacation spot while listening to “Are we there yet?” every 10 minutes. Outlined below are some ways for you to make sure both you and your kids are comfortable while traveling.
Dress everyone in comfortable loose clothing and pack a spare outfit for everyone where you can easily reach it during your trip. Pack a small pillow and a light blanket for each of kids, as well as their favorite stuffed toy or doll to snuggle up with at night or during naptime. These not only work great on plane or in car, but will also make your kids more comfortable once you arrive at your destination.
Whether you travel by car or by plane, pack some drinks and snacks for kids, so you don’t have to rely on rest stops, kiosks at airport or meals that are served on plane. We usually give our daughter only water in car. It’s not nearly as messy as some of fruit juice or sports drinks if it gets spilled. To make plain water a little more interesting and to keep it cool, fix an insulated zippy cup or sports bottle with ice water. And believe me, they will spill it sooner or later, even if cup claims to be spill proof. Some good choices for not-so-messy snacks are trail mix, pretzels, teddy grahams, dried fruit, fresh apple slices (drizzle them with a little lemon or lime juice to keep them from turning brown), mini marshmallows, and baby carrots. Come up with some snacks that your kids love and put them in individual zip-lock bags.
The zip-lock bags also come in handy to pack up some crafts supplies like crayons, stickers, blunt scissors and glue sticks, for artists in your family.
To keep your little one’s entertained, you may also want to pack some coloring books, picture books, or pack a child friendly novel, like Harry Potter books to read aloud in car. Audio books and music CDs or tapes also come in handy.
Picky Eaters - Successful Strategies Part 1Written by Jason Katzenback
What is in a name?
The answer is everything!
Jo J. of Victoria, Texas said that her son was a very picky eater between ages of four and six and refused to eat many of dishes she made, until she discovered art of renaming recipes.
“One evening I discovered that he would eat ANYTHING he thought might be on diet of characters of his favorite TV show at time, ‘The Young Riders.’ Oh, yeah,” Jo says, “The Kid's Beans, Teaspoon's Favorite Casserole, Young Riders' Skillet, and many others became sudden favorites of my picky eater son. To this day, he still enjoys dishes that were once refused simply because of inventive renaming!”
While most adults and some children look forward to new food experiences, understand and accept that your picky eater will look forward to eating same foods over and over again. This often gives them a sense of comfort and security, which is generally not hazardous to their health unless it is sugar or sodium laden.
Studies have shown that repeated exposure to foods greatly increases likelihood even a picky eater child will eat it. Some experts feelthat new food has to be offered anywhere from 8 to 18 times before it is acceptable. You can prepare food in different ways, but offer it on a consistent basis, especially when your picky eater child will be hungriest. Offering food as part of a nutrition activity or snack may make it more interesting. Also seeing other children sample foods may encourage a picky eater to become more adventurous.
If you know in advance that one or more of food choices will be met with howls of disgust, have something else available that your picky eater will find pleasing to his or her palate. Encourage your picky child to taste one of “repulsive” foods before chowing down on one of more desirable ones, but do not be offended if he or she refuses.