I am not going to lie here people; I live for the day my kids go back to school. It’s not that I don’t love them, or you know, being with them every second of every day including when I pee. Ok, let’s be real; school breaks can be some of the most stressful times for you and your kids. Here’s how to make it through school breaks stress-free and even pee in peace!
Stick to the School Routine
Many parents get off the routine or let their kids get off routine as well. This is a method for disaster and chaos. Kids need routine, and if you can keep it as close as a normal day, the better. Wake them up at the same time, make breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the same time. Doing these things will take some of the stress out of the day.
Plan Activities for Your Kids to do
The winter break is typically the longest. You want to have crafts or activities to do with your kids that keep them occupied as if they were in school. When kids get bored, it’s all over from there. Read “Winter Craft Ideas for Your Toddlers” to find crafts you can all do together. Here are just a few fun ways to keep your kids from getting bored:
- Make Oobleck: Oobleck is a liquid, I mean a solid, well who knows?
- Play Board games: Board games are the best.
- Make edible play dough: Kids can eat their creations after they play.
Take Time for Yourself
During the holidays, there is so much going on that you forget to take the time you need. Take at least 5-10 minutes a day to meditate, pray, sit in peace or exercise. This helps alleviate stress while making your mind focused and ready for more action.
Plan for kids to Visit Relatives
Breaks are the perfect opportunity for your kids to spend the weekend with grandma, visit aunt Susie for the day, or take an ice fishing trip with uncle Joe. Make plans for your kids to get out of the house and go spend time with their relatives. This gives you peace and it keeps them from getting bored.
Tis the season for amazing food! If you are looking for a dessert that is a little different than your ordinary pie, I have a treat for you. These Caramel Apple Cream Puffs are sure to add a great variety to your dessert line up.
When it comes to desserts, I am always down for a great slice of pie or even cake. My kids, however, are a different story. They love to have something that they can eat when they are on the move. These Caramel Apple Cream Puffs are great for just that. Visiting with family is always so busy and they always want to bounce from one person to the next. Plus, these puffs save you on some extra dishes since they can be taken right from the dish and eaten in your hand.
I know that I am always looking for a recipe for a dessert that is semi good for you and tastes delicious. If this is you, too, then you need these in your life. They also make for a great take home dessert when it comes time to dish out the leftovers. You can just pop a few of these into the take home container that you know everyone will be wanting to take with them.
With just a few ingredients, you can have a dessert that everyone will be talking about and wanting the recipe for!
I know that with the Fall season we always have apples in our house, so this is totally one of the best ways to enjoy them.
Make sure that you get these on your menu OR just enjoy them for the perfect cooler weather snack. I know that my kids love to help me make these Caramel Apple Cream Puffs. I definitely don’t feel guilty making them for a treat either. Next time you have a craving for an apple dessert, this is going to be your go to for sure.
I know that just looking at these pictures of how these puffs turn out is making you drool? Am I right?
These puffs are definitely hard to eat just a couple. Even though this recipe yields 26 puff pastries, you are going to want to make even more than that. Make sure that you hide some to keep for yourself after your get together is over, too. You will thank me later!
The holidays have turned drastically away from being thankful for what you have and spending time with family to eating and getting what you want. With the way of the world, it can be challenging to teach your kids what it means to be thankful. Here are some great ways to teach kids to be thankful this holiday season!
Create a Thankful Jar
For the months of November and December, have your kids write one thing they are thankful for each day of the month and put it in the jar. Read your thankful notes as a family each week to see what everyone is thankful for.
Volunteer to Help those Less Fortunate
Kids and adults alike only see what is happening in their own lives. They see the Jones’ getting a big screen TV and the best gaming systems of the year, but we forget that some are even less fortunate than ourselves. Volunteer as a family at a local homeless shelter, food bank, or orphanage.
Teach Thankfulness Through Example
Parents tend to forget that children are going to do what they see their parents doing, not what you tell them to do. Show your kids how to be thankful through your own actions. Tell them when you appreciate something they did, and how it made you feel. As they see you being thankful, they too will become thankful.
Give Your Kids Chores
This may not seem like it teaches them anything, but chores teach kids to be thankful for what others do. It gives them a sense of what you or other adults do for them daily that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Give to Others
Teach your kids the rule that it is better to give than to receive. Do something for someone else. It doesn’t have to be because they need it, but just because you want to give someone else something. Here are a few ways to give to others:
- Mow the neighbor’s yard
- Make cookies for friends and family
- Visit someone in the nursing home
- Buy a gift for other children that may not get one this year.
What other ways have you taught you child about being thankful? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!
The joys of pregnancy, those hormones taking control making you an indecisive person unsure of what to do next. The influx in hormones alongside the changing in your body can make pregnancy a difficult road to travel, but then you welcome that new bundle of joy into your life and find that you are without a clue what to do as a new parent. Let’s discuss the top 3 mistakes most new parents make.
Taking in too Much Advice
During your pregnancy and well into the many years of parenthood, you will get advice from everyone and their mother. Remember that this new parent chapter is yours to create, while advice on breast or bottle, discipline techniques or when to feed baby new food is appreciated; feel free to politely decline any advice that makes you feel overwhelmed. Taking in too much advice is a mistake that many new parents make because they want to learn how to be a good parent, but at the end of the day weed through all of that advice and figure out what methods are right for you, your baby and your partner.
Making Bath Time Too Hot
New parents should pick up a baby friendly thermometer because that is one of the biggest mistakes new parents make; making their newborn’s bath water too hot. New baby skin is way more sensitive to the hot water temperature than we are, the key is to have a baby friendly water temperature tester or use your wrist to determine the temp of the bath water. Be careful when giving your new baby a bath until you have learned the proper temperature level for baby, the last thing new parents want to do is hurt their little newborn.
Watching Newborn Constantly
It is a great feeling to have that new baby in the home and you will feel that parental urge to watch that baby while it is sleeping, while it is in the crib, while it is doing pretty much anything. New parents often make the mistake of putting their own life on hold when baby arrives; this is a mistake because you will soon find that you lose a piece of who you are in the process. You need to remember that the baby can barely move anywhere at this stage and to take advantage of that fact by doing something for you during nap time and sleep time. Your newborn is not just going to miraculously wake up one day and crawl without giving you signs beforehand.
All Parents Make Mistakes
In all honesty, it doesn’t matter if you are a new parent or a long time parent, every parent will make mistakes, but that’s the joy of parenthood – learning to be okay with not getting everything right the first time. Your child is resilient and from newborn up into teen years, they will still love you even when you make silly mistakes. Enjoy the newborn years as a new parent and remember, we all make mistakes, just remember to learn from every mistake made so that you can grow into a stronger, confident new parent.