Monday, August 25, 2014

Learning to Make Healthy Choices

*This post is sponsored by TapInfluence and Horizon Organics. All opinions and projects are my own.

Do you struggle with making healthy choices about what you eat? I know I do and you can bet my kids do too. That plate of cookies always looks much better than the veggie tray, doesn't it?
We all try out best to feed our kids well. We give them a healthy breakfast, pack healthy lunches and make sure to always serve vegetables. We can definitely control what we feed out kids. But, as our kids get older, they will be making more and more of these choices of their own. So, not only do we need to feed them well, but we need to teach them to make their own healthy choices.

One way to teach them make healthy choices is to make them aware of what they are eating.

"Did you choose blueberries for a snack? Great! You made an excellent choice! "

"Since you already had a cookie today, why don't we have something healthier for a snack. A sliced apple would be a better choice."

Help them choose healthier options. Talk them through the process. Show them that you notice the good choices they are making.

To make those choices easier, I've made a fun printable for you. You can download Today's Healthy Choice at this link. Print out as many as you like. You kids can use this sheet to record their healthy choices. It may be a choice they made or it may just be an acknowledgment of the healthy food they had for dinner. They don't even have to record every single healthy thing they ate each day. The point is to get them thinking about the healthy choices they make. And, if they have a place to record it they will start remembering the good choices they make.

At the end of the week, look back together and talk about their healthy choices. Help them pinpoint those times they did well. Show them that it really is easy (and yummy) to choose healthy. If they learn to look at their choices with a discerning eye, they will be better equipped to make those healthy choices again and again.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever

*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Friends, let me tell you something. My creativity flew out the window as soon as summer started. Kid's crafts... can't come up with a good one. Kid's activities... forget about it. Thank goodness for my friends Holly Homer and Rachel Miller from Kids Activities Blog. Their book, 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever, is full of fun ideas. It's perfect for busy families, families with kids of multiple age groups, bored kids, or just anyone wanting to do something fun. It was a life saver for me and I know it will be for you too. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Beach Ball Poetry

Summer is winding down, but there's still time to bridge that gap between school and vacation with a fun writing project. Some of my favorite writing projects don't include paper at all. With this project, we took a summer toy and turned it into poetry. Beach ball poetry was fun, easy, and didn't feel like work at all.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The All or Nothing Approach to Parenting

Have you seen all those articles lately? They're everywhere. They're telling you what you're doing wrong, that you're ruining your kids, and you should start doing these 5 (or 10) things to fix it. Then, two days later you read another article which completely contradicts the first article. And yes, you're still ruining your kids. Is your head spinning yet? I know mine is.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Marshmallow Engineering

We got down to the basics recently with an activity that is perfect for summer learning. Why is it perfect? It uses only a few supplies, it requires no prep time, it keep your kids' brains working, and it doesn't look at all like learning. (It's also a perfect activity to use up that stale bag of mini marshmallows you found in the back of the cupboard. Please tell me I'm not the only one with one of those hidden back there!)