In case you missed it, last week I endured the toddler “mealtime meltdown” of the year — over just a measly, uncooked muffin. If you have your own kid (or are acquainted with one), you know temper tantrums are just a normal part of development. It’s how young children express that they are either upset or frustrated. So although it’s impossible for every meal to go smoothly, there are some practical strategies I use every day to avoid the routine outbursts that come with hungry kids and dinnertime frustrations.
Here’s my 5 tips for avoiding mealtime meltdowns:
As a mom, I know how fun dinnertime can be with kids. I also know how a simple meal can easily turn into a full-blown meltdown in a matter of mere seconds. Literally just yesterday I endured the toddler tantrum of the year. I should have been given an award for keeping my cool through most of it, but I guess that’s why I’m called “mom.”
It all started when I had Liam help me make a batch of muffins — a new recipe I’m developing.
Lately I have been trying to be more intentional about meal planning. This is definitely an area our family hasn’t been the best at. However, when I do sit down for 15-20 minutes each week to plan meals and create a grocery list, I end up saving a lot of time and money. Otherwise it looks like one of three scenarios:
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the shopping mall, bakeries and grocery stores are overflowing with flowers, cards, teddy bears, and chocolates. Along with it comes many candies and baked goods made with artificial food dyes. As a parent, I have become increasingly aware of artificial dyes’ presence in foods, and I know many of you are wondering whether these vibrant colours are safe for kids as well.
Here’s a little on what research is saying about artificial dyes. Keep in mind that this is nowhere near a comprehensive list of all the research out there on this subject.
In my new blog series “Making Meal Planning Manageable,” I’ll be posting bimonthly with tips and tricks to take the stress out of (and possibly put the fun back into) planning meals.
We all experience it from time to time — that dread of trying to create a weekly menu that satisfies every palate in the house. Even as a dietitian I suffer from lack of inspiration in this area at times. (And I only have three mouths to feed!) Then the other day as I was researching new recipes to try, I came across some of the meal plans created by Maryann at Raise Healthy Eaters. In her home, she assigns dinner or food themes to certain days of the week to simplify the meal planning process.
I decided to give it a go, so here are the food themes we’re going to try:
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