Are your kids continuously hungry and constantly asking (perhaps whining) for more snacks? When my son, Liam, transitioned from nursing to requiring snacks, I felt that was him. He was always hungry. And, I’d find myself stuffing a quick snack into my purse as I left the house “just in case” the hunger monster emerged. I naively thought this “foolproof” method was the key to avoiding meltdowns. However, without planned, balanced snacks, children’s hangry mood swings start to run the show. And, on-the-go snacking often consists of designed-for-kids snacks (e.g. Goldfish-like crackers and fruit snacks) that usually contain all simple carbohydrates with limited micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), protein, and fibre. Without balancing simple carbs, you'll be greeting those familiar hunger pangs an hour later, much to every parent's dismay.
So before I get into three strategies to improve snack time and finally cage the hunger monster, let’s first look at why snacks are important for children.
It’s that time of the year. Everyone is getting the stomach flu. You know—nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, headache, and sometimes fever. Unlike true influenza, there’s no flu shot to prevent the stomach flu (also know by professionals as viral gastroenteritis). All you can do is practice serious hand washing and food safety… and avoid people with it. Well, with a two-year-old, that’s not always the easiest thing to do. In fact, my little guy brought it home twice in the past month, and obviously you can’t leave a child to fend for himself when a virus comes knocking on your door. Which means, this mama got her fair share of days hovering over the toilet, too.
So to celebrate saying farewell to our home’s stomach bug (for now), I’ve compiled info for the best remedies to help your household fight this winter nuisance.
As you may have noticed, I love writing goals. Even more so, I love seeing good goals carried out. So why, you may ask, do I give goal setting so much attention? Well, simply it's because human beings are fickle. I'm fickle. I don't know if it's my personality or just crazed hormones. One day I'm completely motivated. The next day... well, I'm not. So every January, on a day when my thinking is clear and my emotions are in check, I set goals for the year. Goals that keep me focused on what matters. Goals that get me where I want to be. That way when the winter blues set in or the summer sun sidetracks me, I have a list that prioritizes my efforts and grounds my thoughts. These goals aren't just career driven as they once were. Now they're aimed towards building a grace-filled home and a Christ-centered life.
So if you dig deep and find you are fickle-natured like me, I challenge you to give goal setting a go! Here are five steps to help you write good goals and create a life you love:
2016. The year I learned to stop striving for perfection and find satisfaction in making progress instead. The year I faced the reality that I can’t do life in my own strength. The year my heart refocused towards desiring the future God has set before me rather than one that “could have been.”
With this in mind, reviewing my incomplete 2016 S.M.A.R.T.Y. goals didn’t bring about the same stress of “failure” like it may have in the past. I made progress, therefore, I was successful. So here’s my challenge to you: as you reflect on 2016 and look to the future, don’t focus on last year’s inadequacies; instead, see the progress you made and look expectantly into 2017. You’ve got this!
Here’s the PROGRESS I made on the three personal S.M.A.R.T.Y. goals I shared in 2016:
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