Category Archives: Health

Positive Parenting: Taming the Tantrum

We have all been there. Our kid is throwing a tantrum, they are screaming at the top of their lungs, they are telling us no. They do not want to cooperate, they do not want to listen. They have made up their mind, so now what do you do? You feel defeated, you feel angry, and you feel embarrassed. All of these emotions and more are completely normal. Both the parent and the child are in the midst of an emotional battle, mostly amongst their own emotions. Mom is warring with her inner mom, and child is warring with their own emotions. It’s a very difficult situation.

It can be made infinitely worse by being somewhere public. It is human nature to want to appear like we all have it together. Well, guess what, we don’t, and that’s ok. Everyone may be watching, and judging, but guess what? I can guarantee they have all been there, and if they haven’t they are lying.

So what do we do when we are at our wits end. Honestly, there is no cure all. Kids have tantrums, parents argue with them during tantrums, parents get upset, kids get upset. But does the world end? Nope. Child development experts tell us that children have tantrums because they cannot control their emotions or rule their world quite yet. Which makes sense, if you couldn’t make yourself calm down, and you were in a situation in which you felt helpless you would freak out too. Keeping this in mind there are some ways to make it easier to help your child help themselves doing a tantrum.

  1. Validate what they are feeling in the moment. If your kid is screaming because they want to keep playing and not sit down to eat lunch even you can understand that. Imagine the alarm just went off and you don’t want to get up for work. Similar feeling. So get down to their level, look them in the eye and validate that feeling, “I know you want to keep playing because its more fun than eating lunch.”
  2. Compromise, and give them an alternative. “You can finish playing when we finish eating lunch, your toys will wait for you.”
  3. Connect with them. Sometimes when a child misbehaves they are really looking for a physical connection. Giving them that connection can help ground their emotions and lets them know its ok to feel the way they do. A simple way to gain a physical connection everyday is a hug.
  4. Choices!! This is a toddlers bread and butter. Choices help them feel like they have some control over their life. So give them two or three options that work in the moment that you approve of. They still end up doing what you want, but by their own choice.

Easter Salad

We love 7 layer recipes. 7 Layer dips are so simple, fun, and delicious. So why not try an Easter themed one? This fun, and unique Easter salad will wow at your family gathering this year. It features some delicious ingredients that everyone loves, and together they are sure to wow!

seven layerEaster salad

RecipeDose.com has created this fabulous recipe, and we are so excited to share it. Simply head on over to their site to see the full recipe instructions and learn how to put this unique and fun easter dish together. While you are there be sure to check out their other fabulous ideas. Trust us, there are many!

What you will need:

2-3 bunch of salad leaves (or as required)

Carrots chopped (as required)

Peas (as required) (optional)

Egg noodles (1 pack)

Sweet corns (as required)

4 Hard boiled eggs (make its slices)

Capsicum chopped (as required)

Spring onions (as required)

1 jar Mayonnaise (as required)

3 tbspn yogurt

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Lemon juice as required

1 tbsp sugar

Shredded cheddar cheese (as required)(optional)

1 cup shredded boil chicken

 

Parenting Ain’t Easy: Stomach Flu

It has been one of those weeks. Vomit, diarrhea, dehydration, and whiny kids. The stomach flu is not a pleasant experience for anyone, but it can be especially hard when you have little kids. Sometimes it hits fast, other times it is a long and arduous battle and only the parents are on the front-lines. When you are on the front-lines and feel like you have no comrades in arms remember that parents every where are waving that sign in the air, they are signaling to you the “I have been there!” sign. When you need a little help try to remember these helpful ideas.

  1. Stay calm: keep things a little quiet. Put on some cartoons, lay out a few books and quiet toys.
  2. BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. Keep it bland and simple. If they can keep these items down then try moving up, if the puking comes back, revert to BRAT once more.
  3. The bucket! Keep a bucket nearby for your little ones in case they need it.
  4. Towels: these are easy to wash and can be laid out on the floor near their beds, the ouch, etc. If they puke here it can be easily picked up and wash. Much simpler than cleaning the rugs or floor.
  5. Ginger ale, flat cola, pedialyte, water. Keep them hydrated but keep it simple. Small amounts all day long. Little sips.
  6. lots of rest. FOR EVERYONE. As they say on airplanes, take care of yourself first. You cannot care for anyone if you aren’t well. So try to make sure to keep yourself fed, hydrated, and rested.

It might take a few days but every one will be better soon and all of you will be stronger at the end.