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10 Unique Healthy Eating Tips for Your Picky Eater

March 30, 2021
how to encourage my toddler to eat healthy

In this post, we are discussing how to get your picky eater to eat healthy – whether that’s your toddler, preschooler or your husband! I share my favorite methods for encouraging my picky eaters to eat healthy foods.

Hey there, friend. You’re probably reading this because you want to know how to help your child to eat better, healthier, and more consistently.

First of all let me say that I am NOT a medical professional or dietitian. I’m just a regular ole mom like you who has struggled with the same things. This is what I’ve learned through experience, tons of research and consulting with doctors, nutritionists and registered dietitians. If you or your child has a health issue, please consult with your doctor.

Dr. Justin Coulson at Happy Families – a psychologist and father of 6 (!!) daughters – remarks that some of the most common mealtime mistakes are:

So, what do you do when you fall into some of those pitfalls? I know I have done ALL of those things at one point or another.

Tip #1: Take a deep breath.

Seriously. Take a deep breath. I’ll wait.

Now, hear this: your kid will be okay. They will not starve. They will not grow a third ear because they refuse to eat their broccoli. Let’s have some perspective on this.

One thing my doctor mom would always say: eating is not a learned behavior.

We are not taught to eat, it is something that we are biologically programmed to do. Yes, we learn bad behaviors and unhealthy habits – but starving ourselves is not typically one of those!

Recently, we realized that dinnertime had become a struggle for us with the kids. They just weren’t eating their food! We bribed them, cajoled them, throttled them (just kidding)…after weeks, we decided that they simply were not hungry at that time. So we adjusted their snack schedule and then finally made the decision that they did have to sit with us during family dinner, but they didn’t have to eat at that exact time. However, they couldn’t choose to eat something else: they had to eat a reasonable amount of dinner if/when they wanted a bedtime snack or treat.

I can’t tell you what a stress reliever this has been for our family. We’re able to have fun, light-hearted meals without battling over food. The kids still eat their dinners – albeit, later than we would like – but they eat when they’re hungry and oftentimes they eat ALL of their dinner and more!

This all started with us taking a deep breath and gaining some perspective. What mattered was that our children ate and that they ate reasonably healthy, filling foods. It doesn’t HAVE to be on “our” schedule and it may not look like what we want it to, but we’re accomplishing our goal: happy, healthy children.

Tip #2: Don’t bring food into the house that you don’t want your child to eat.

If your kid only wants to have hot dogs and macaroni for dinner and cocoa puffs for breakfast – just don’t buy it anymore. If they fill up on Doritos and Chewy bars all afternoon long and then aren’t hungry for dinner – there’s a simple fix for that.

Look, I’m not saying this is easy to do…but I am saying it’s simple.

We recently stopped purchasing applesauce pouches – not because they were unhealthy, but because that was the only thing my son wanted to eat! We were spending more money on pouches than on any other category of food each week. So, I stopped buying them.

Now, let me tell you that at first he was devastated. It broke my heart. But, as kids do, he moved on. He doesn’t even ask for them anymore and is perfectly happy with the other snack choices that we offer him.

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A Letter from Your Child’s Teacher About the New School Year

August 17, 2020
a letter from your child's teacher about the new school

For today’s blog post, I’ll be sharing a letter from my dear friend, Mrs. Richardson. Mrs. Richardson is a second grade teacher in Cary, North Carolina. She has written an insightful and encouraging letter to parents about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the 2019-2020 school year, what challenges teachers faced and how schools are fighting to overcome those challenges for the 2020-2021 school year. So, if you are sending your children back to school this year – whether virtually or in-person – I hope you’ll read this letter.

How COVID affected the 2019-2020 school year – and what will be different this year

During March of this year, teachers and students left school for Spring Break, not knowing we wouldn’t return for the rest of the school year. I have the last day in my classroom ingrained in my memory. I tried to make it fun for the kids. We did St. Patrick’s day activities, creative writings about what they would do if they found a pot of gold, Read and Feed, and watched the Bee Movie since we had been learning about flowers, pollination, and the plant life cycle.

These are the last images I have of my classroom. Everything frozen in time. Student work left on the walls, supply baskets strewn about as they had left them, countdowns on my board of things we would never get to. A time capsule of March 13, 2020.

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How to Pray the Scriptures for Your Child

June 10, 2020
pray the scriptures for your child

As moms, we want so many things for our children: to love God, to be healthy and happy, to have great friends, excel academically, and so much more. So we take them to doctor’s appointments and tutoring, organize special activities and events, enroll them in sports, arrange play dates, budget for college.

All of these things are fantastic, however, the most important thing we can be doing for our children is praying for them. There is no greater being in all the Universe to impact our child’s future, so we should be petitioning Him at every turn (Luke 18:1-8).

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    By praying the Scriptures for our kids, we are allowing God’s Word to shape our requests to the Almighty. 

    This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

    1 John 5:14

    Sure, we can pray all we want for our kids to be billionaire tech geniuses – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s within God’s will – or that it’s all that good for our kids! But by praying the Scriptures we’re not just petitioning God on behalf of our children, we’re utilizing the power of His Word to mold our appeals. 

    Also, I know we all want to pray for our kids – but sometimes, we don’t know exactly what to say. Praying the Scriptures guides us with what to say and how to pray. 

    So, here’s a few examples of Scriptures to pray for our kids as well as how to pray through them:

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    Transitioning to Two Kids

    May 6, 2020
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    Hey mama! I’m excited to share this post with you about the transition from one to two kids. I’m sharing my own story, but I also have lots of helpful advice, tips and encouragement from moms who have gone before us! I hope this is helpful as you navigate the new waters of having two kiddos.

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    You Know You’re a Boy Mom When…

    March 11, 2020
    being a boy mom means...

    After our mom interviews yesterday with three boy moms, I was inspired to share this with you guys. I LOVE being a boy mom…but it’s not for the faint of heart.

    Being a boy mom means…

    • Having bruises everywhere – and not having a clue where they came from. 
    • You’ve been tackled more today than Saquon Barkley has all season.
    • You know who Saquon Barkley is. 
    • You’ve given in to how much dirt is acceptable to sleep in. 
    • You know that if it’s taller than he is, he wants to climb it. And jump off. Again and again. And again.
    • When you hear “WATCH THIS!” you have a heart attack.
    • You’ve heard “WATCH THIS!” 1000000x in your son’s short life.
    • Your knowledge of construction vehicles/dinosaurs/race cars can rival any man’s. 
    • You live for the moments when your child stops running around like a crazy person and hugs you.
    • You sometimes envy girl moms who can actually sit and finish a cup of coffee…in the morning. 
    • You have to clarify that you want your child to wash with soap.
    • You’ve given up all hopes that your child will ever be a polite eater.
    • When you hear your son say, “I love you, mommy,” it makes up for the fact that they’ve created enough laundry for an entire army of washing machines.
    • You’ve thrown out clothes that were beyond washing.
    • You’ve hidden THAT shirt that they want to wear over and over again.
    • If you want your son to do something, you know that all you have to do is turn it into a race or contest of strength.
    • Receiving a head butt from your son is a great sign of affection. The harder the head butt, the more he loves you.
    • You’ve dug through your vacuum dustbin searching for LEGO pieces.
    • It’s a regular occurrence for your child to drop his pants and pee in the grass – no matter who else is present!
    • You don’t even flinch when they burp or fart…in your face.
    • You know that their finest sports jersey is considered Sunday best.. 
    • You’ve looked into a diaper and wondered: “Is that poop…or testicles?”
    • You already know that no girl can ever love them as much as you do (and yet you hope some day someone will!) 
    • Going to Home Depot/Lowe’s with your son is akin to bringing them to Disney world. 
    • Whenever you enter someone’s home, you just pray that you can leave without them breaking something. 
    • You can comfortably breastfeed your son while he turns backflips over you.
    • You speak in noises more than actual words.
    • You’ve said “be gentle” and “be careful” about 500000000x in their short lives. 
    • You think there should be a special kind of health insurance for little boys. 
    • At night, when you put them to bed, you squeeze them tight and watch them sleep, knowing that your time with them will always be too short. 
    • You are proud to be a boy mom.

    If you’re a fellow boy mom, what’s your favorite thing about being a boy mom? Comment below!

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