From a very young age, I have enjoyed transforming simple ingredients into delicious treats. Whenever I could, I was in the kitchen helping my mom cook supper or bake recipes. And if I could make something completely from scratch? Even better.
Last week while visiting the grocery store, my little Liam was up to his usual antics: sneakily hiding behind food displays, dramatically “running” down the aisles in slow-motion, and playfully throwing my grocery list out of the cart so I would continuously retrieve it. Anyway, we made our way over to the home good department to pick out new serving dishes for some upcoming recipes. Liam, being his usual helpful self, saw me placing dishes in the cart and decided to assist me in this task. Soon enough the “E-um help-a you” and “I need this” phrases came out, and he started to want to touch every plate, bowl, or cup in sight. This was nothing new so I crouched down to explain to him why he couldn’t touch the dishes — which instigated another customer to loudly exclaim to her shopping partner something like, “See, this is why I never took my kids to the grocery store!” And then she directed her attention to me and passionately told me how her husband wouldn’t even let her take the kids shopping. Although I’m not sure if the lady intended to be judgemental or helpful, I laughed it off being the non-confrontational person I am and finished my shopping.
I get it. Sometimes I dream of the days when I could quietly peruse up and down the grocery aisles or take my time looking at dish-ware. And some days I do get that luxury — after Liam’s bedtime or if my husband takes him on errands. I also understand that for some moms and dads, taking one, two, or more children to the store is not worth the stress or anxiety. However, if you never take your little ones (or older children) to the grocery store, you’ll miss out on some excellent learning opportunities as well as memories!
Here are 3 reasons why I recommend taking children to the grocery store (at least once in a while):
In the first two parts of “New Year, New Goals,” I talked about writing realistic goals instead of vague resolutions along with 7 areas of life that need goal setting. Now that the basics are out of the way, I thought I would share a few of my personal goals for 2016!
This past week I have really been putting my head down to complete my list of goals and aspirations for the New Year. I found once I got going, it was pretty easy to find one or two goals in each area I want to accomplish in 2016. In the same manner, I had to keep reminding myself not to get too carried away and keep the list of goals somewhat short. After all, they need to be practical so I can actually achieve them within the year. It also helped to write down short-term goals (ones that could be completed each day, week, or month) that could help pull off my ultimate, year-long goals.
Here’s three of my personal goals for 2016 keeping the S.M.A.R.T.Y. acronym in mind:
Hello, I'm Erin – a registered dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, self-proclaimed foodie, and chronic maker of lists. I had my whole career 'perfectly' planned out until my son joined our family the last semester of grad school. Life got a little more complicated, and I eventually began to adjust to this new norm – motherhood.
But for first time that I could remember, I struggled with finding balance between passions: nutrition & education and faith & family.
After juggling the completion of internships, graduate thesis, and coursework with midnight feedings and diaper changes, I graduated from D'Youville College in May of 2014 with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Dietetics. Finally! I could sit for my registration exam and become a dietitian! Well, if there's one thing I learned from motherhood, it's that everything takes longer than originally planned: prepping meals, leaving the house on time, folding laundry (while your child demolishes the nicely stacked clothing piles) – you get the picture. I spent the summer squeezing in an hour of studying here and there, and before I knew it – the day of exam had arrived!
To this day I still remember sitting in my car outside of the testing center and promising myself three things: (a) to never procrastinate again, (b) to use the knowledge and skills I've learned to help others, and (c) to never let my career become more important than faith & family.
And that's why I've created this blog.
Although it's impossible to promise that I'll never procrastinate again or complete every to-do list, I can actively work on living out my good intentions. I can make nutrition, health, family time, and my relationship with Jesus Christ all priorities – while inspiring and helping others do the same!
- Erin Alaimo, MS, RD
Hello, I'm Erin – a Registered Dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, and self-proclaimed foodie. Welcome to my blog where I hope to inspire others to make nutrition, health, family and faith more than just good intentions.
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