6 Surefire Ways to Get Your Kids to Try Something New this Summer

BY: - 8 Aug '14 | Products

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6 Surefire Ways to Get Your Kids to Try Something New this Summer

This is a sponsored post brought to you by the Campbell Soup Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about their new V8 Splash® flavors.

There’s no time like the summertime for getting your kids to try new things. Why?  Because the summertime represents fun, adventure, and excitement.  And although my kids are pretty outgoing, there are times that I have to beg and plead (and sometimes bribe) them to try new things.  And over the past 21 years of parenting, I’ve really perfected my methods of getting them to try things.  Here are 6 kid-tested, mom-approved ways to get your kids to try something new this summer:

  • Technique #1 – Start when they’re young. For the most part, I’ve found that younger kids will try pretty much anything you bring their way.
  • Technique #2 – Chill out and don’t make it a big deal. Kids have “spidey senses.” If you have anxiety about introducing something new to the kids, they will sense it and then they will have anxiety too.
  • Technique #3 – Make it fun. Allow your kids to join in on the fun of planning the activity or the new menu.  For the most part, they will gladly try anything that they have a hand in planning.
  • Technique #4 – Sneak it in.  So I am not exactly saying lie to your kids.  But, there will be times that you will have something that you know your kids will like, or that you know is good for them, but they will refuse to try it. So for those instances, you have to use “whatever means necessary” to get them to try it.  Most of the time, if you know your kids, then they will thank you for it afterwards.
  • Technique #5 – Lay down the law.  Let’s not forget that we are the parents.  So sometimes you have to say: “You have to try this because Mommy/Daddy said so…”
  • Technique #6 – Give your kids credit. Sometimes, as parents, we are the biggest hindrance to our kids when it comes to them being adventurous and trying new things. We worry, we second guess, and we make assumptions.  But what we really need to do is chill-out and let our kids live life to the fullest.

Let me give you a perfect example of how I’ve been using my techniques recently.  This summer, the kids and I have been trying the New V8 Splash® flavors as I have been asked to help spread the word about them.  So, I had the V8 Splash® Lemonade, the V8 Splash® Strawberry Lemonade and the V8 Splash® Carrot Orange Flavors sitting on my desk so that I could take some pictures of the bottles, before we tried them.  Just as I suspected, my kids tore through the V8 Splash® Lemonade flavors in no time.  In fact, I had to keep buying bottles so that I could finally get a good photo of them for my articles.

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But for some reason, I set the Carrot Orange to the side.  I saved it for last because I thought my kids would see the word carrot and the pictures of carrots and say they would not want to try it.  I was going to use technique #4 on them – sneak it in.  But in reality, Technique #2 and Technique #6 worked just fine.

Yesterday, my youngest daughter came into my office and picked up the bottle of V8 Splash® Carrot Orange.  She read the label and then she said: “So when can I drink this?”  I said: “soon.”  But since, I did not give her a timeframe, she commenced to circle my desk like a vulture all day until I finally let her open it.  She loved it, we all did.  It’s actually our favorite flavor (which is saying a lot since we love lemonade so much at this house.)

If you are looking for a bold new flavor twist to match the excitement of the summer, then don’t forget to try the new V8 Splash® Carrot Orange.

BMWK – what exciting new things will your kids be trying this summer? Please share with us your techniques for getting your kids to try new things.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by the Campbell Soup Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about their 3 new V8 Splash® flavors: Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, and Carrot Orange. The new V8 Splash® flavors use great-tasting ingredients and are available at retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.v8juice.com  All opinions and stories are my own.

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 522 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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BMWK Car Seat Giveaway: Keeping Our Kids Safe

BY: - 13 Aug '14 | Giveaways

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“Hispanics and African American children are 10 times less likely to be properly restrained in a vehicle.”  (Source: American Journal of Preventative Medicine.)

When I read that statistic, my first thought was… not another statistic telling me that I am doing something wrong as an African American parent.  But, then I did what I always do.  I dug deeper to understand what organization is putting out this statistic, who were the people surveyed, and what is their motive for sharing this statistic. I don’t blindly dismiss or agree with statistics without first doing my homework. And what I found out made me change my actions (immediately) as they pertain to securing my children properly in our vehicles.

I became aware of this statistic via the information that is shared by the Buckle Up for Life program. This program was started by Toyota and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to educate families to help keep child passengers safe.  And since starting in 2004, they’ve reached more than 17,000 people in 11 cities.  Toyota has provided funding to give away 40,000 child car seats to families in need.  So, what’s their motive? It’s to make a tangible difference.  They want to make child passenger safety a priority, every day… for everyone… in all communities.

Another thing that came to my attention via their site, is that I really was not properly securing our 3 youngest kids in our cars.  And via the tools and resources that they made available, I was able to make the proper changes and educate my entire family on child passenger safety. The other day I heard my 12 year old daughter tell her Grandma that she could no longer ride in the front seat with her. Because through the Buckle Up For Life program, we learned that kids 12 and under should not sit in the front seat.  I was smiling ear to ear when I heard that she really grasped the concepts and that she was following them, even when I was not around.

Buckle Up For Life is now celebrating their 10 year anniversary. And to help them celebrate and spread the word about child passenger safety, we will be giving away 5 Evenflo Car Seats to our BMWK readers.

Prize Description:

5 lucky winners will win one Evenflo car seat each.  The car seats will be matched to the child, so the winner will need to provide the child’s age and weight.  Depending on the child’s age and weight, the winner will receive one of the following:

A Convertible car seat:  this type of car seat can be used from birth up to 55 lbs and it can be installed rear and forward facing

A Booster seat: these type of seats are for older children who have outgrown their regular forward facing car seat but still haven’t reached the height of 4 feet, nine inches.

How to Enter:

Follow the instructions below. There is one mandatory step to enter. All others are optional and give you additional chances to win. Please be sure to read the terms and conditions as this giveaway is for US residents only.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Toyota. I have partnered with them to spread the word about the Buckle Up for Life program. For more information on child passenger safety, visit http://buckleupforlife.org . All opinions and stories are my own.

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 522 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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