Teach kids how to prepare their own after-school snack tubs that are healthy and delicious with these easy tips.
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Marisol loves to learn how to cook, clean and take care of the house. She did not get this from me. The cleaning part I mean. I hate it. Like really … avoid it like the plague … do it because it's necessary … bribe myself with treats … watch episodes of Hoarders to get me inspired kind of hate to clean.
A few weeks ago while I was busy with a project she wanted a snack, not a help yourself kind of snack, but a mummy you need to get up and use an appliance kind of snack. She wanted leftovers heated up. Normally I would get up and do this for her, but I thought it was time she learn how to use a microwave. She's 8. She was thrilled. Check that off the list of things I have to do. Now she's the re-heating queen, every time something has to be heated quickly, she's on it. She even heats food for her brother. Without complaining. She just doesn't always remember to cover the food so it doesn't splatter though.
It's important when kids are in the kitchen that they also learn how to clean up after themselves. I don't expect her to do the dishes and do worry about her using cleaning products at this age, but I think it's important for her to observe and be a part of the process so that as she gets older she knows how to do these things on her own.
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I have three children, and we have more than our share of pickiness at the dinner table. One doesn’t like any vegetables but carrot and corn, one wants to live on pasta, the third is getting better, but refuses to eat most vegetables put in front of him.
I’ve learned over the years though that I need to get a little creative sometimes. So here are my:
1. Meal Plan: By meal planning each week I can take into consideration the different likes and dislikes of each of the children and include substitutions where necessary without throwing together a meal at the last minute with whatever happens to be in the house. For example, if it’s a meat and vegetable night, I can make mashed potatoes and broccoli for the one child who loves that, but also add carrots and corn for the other two children who like those. Instead of just having pasta with a sauce over the top I’ll serve spinach filled ravioli with pesto, chicken, beans and peas. My kids would eat ravioli or tortellini no matter what it’s filled with every night of the week if I let them, especially if it has pesto over the top. It’s also important to stick with a couple of meals they absolutely love when meal planning, but include new options too, which will encourage them to try new things.
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I recently shared a post with you that I wrote for Blissfully Domestic, 20 amazing school lunches for kids. But what happens when they come home from school starving? I know mine do. So I have a new post up on Blissfully Domestic, 20 after school snacks for kids.
And this makes 21.
This reminds me of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a story that my kids love.
All you need are: