10 Tips to Get Your Kid to Eat Healthy Foods

BY: - 26 Sep '13 | Parenting

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Recently, I was asked by a friend how we get our kids to eat so healthy? As simple as it may sound, we honestly just didn’t give them much of a choice. When my husband and I decided to create a healthier lifestyle for ourselves, it ultimately meant that our children would be doing the same. Although I’m not vegan, I’ve learned a lot about healthy food choices once my husband decided to take on that lifestyle. By simply changing the foods we eat, we’ve lost over fifty pounds collectively over the last year and a half.

Our kids rarely eat fast food. But they love eating things like oatmeal, kale, salad, broccoli, rice and beans, chickpeas, tomatoes and various types of fruit. In short, they eat what we eat. So if you’re trying to make some healthy changes with your kids, here are a few simple tips to get you started:

Don't Give Them a Choice and Be Creative

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Don’t give them a choice. This may sound a little harsh for some, but this became critical especially after my husband changed his diet. Initially, I would cook a separate meal for him, and something else for the kids and I. But that just took up time that I didn’t have. So we all had to learn to adjust to new eating habits. Unless I decide to add chicken or fish to our plates, then we are all eating the same exact thing. No more being a short order cook.

Be creative. If your kids never liked vegetables before, then you may need to be creative in your preparation and approach. There’s a great cookbook called Deceptively Delicious that we started out with. All of the recipes include “hidden” vegetables in them so that, most times, the kids don’t even realize they’re eating the good stuff. With our last born, we started pureeing all of her veggies and mixing them into her daily meals as soon as she could eat solids. To this day, there’s not a veggie we’ve made her that she won’t eat.

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Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.

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How to Create a Bedtime Routine

BY: - 27 Sep '13 | Parenting

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Putting children down for bed allows you to build bedtime rituals that will last a lifetime.

For the past four years I have been blessed enough to roll out a ritual that allowed my god-daughter to settle down into bed pleasantly. We talk for a few minutes about anything that is on her mind.  It allows her to alleviate any worries she might have. We say prayers.  I put on some classical music and her scented night light. She usually snuggles down and goes right off. It also will allows you to calm yourself as well.

Many would say that this is far too much when my schedule is so packed.  There  is a school of thought that says that when the child is tired he or she will go to bed. That is far from the truth!  You can’t depend on kids,  to let you know when they’re tired.

Instead, it’s up to parents to know how much sleep their kids need. The biggest “stresser” in most homes is the lack of schedule and organization. If you are stressed at bedtime make sure that you read 3 Stress-Less Tips For Working Moms.

You can also try a memory book. If something great or sad happened to your child take a common journal and write it down for them. It allows them to have a “daily closure” ritual. You will be amazed at how much you will know about your child in the journal.  After you have recorded the memory, write a special note to them.  When they are old enough hand the journal over to them. It will have valuable memories. I can’t tell you how much I wish I had hand written notes from my mother,now that she is gone.

Click here to read tips for creating a bedtime routine and to see how many hours your child should sleep depending on their age. 

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