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Interactive Mealtimes Made Easy

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About once each week, we have a family style meal of finger foods spread out on a large cutting board. It looks a little like a fancy appetizer platter, but is so simple, healthy, and inexpensive to make. I like to use whatever I have on hand, which generally includes lean lunch meats (warmed up for pregos and toddlers), sliced or cubed low-fat cheese, whole grain crackers, grapes or strawberries (or any other cut up fruit), and raw veggies (we like carrots or cauliflower with just a little bit of ranch ;)). The beauty of this for your little ones is three-fold: Instead of getting a plated meal, with portions chose by mom or dad, they are listening to their bodies and hunger cues, stopping when they are full.

They also get to see their parents and siblings make healthy choices. Again, since it’s not a pre-portioned plate, they are allowed to choose their own foods, which can open up even the pickiest eater to try something new. Finally, we watch as our kiddos build their motor skills and hear them discussing the best combinations to try. In other words, we witness them connecting with others. #Familymealtime becomes an interactive event, filled with healthy, kid-friendly foods and conversation. And, it has a five-star added bonus: No cooking and no dishes to wash!

Advice to Moms, from a Mom

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Because being a mom is so tiresome, I have found these quick tips helpful during those restless nights:

  • It’s okay to ask for help.
  • Sleep when baby sleeps.
  • The dishes and laundry can wait!
  • Sometimes, sleep is more important than a shower.

MOMents of Relaxation: The Importance of “Me Time”

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As an introvert, setting aside some “me time” is very important thing to me. I need some alone time, and I don’t feel guilty about it because I believe it’s important for my kids need to see me making myself a priority. For me, keeping a strict bedtime (especially during the week) is the most important thing. For one, kids need a lot of sleep in order to function well at school/daycare the next day. Second, once the kids go to bed, it’s the only real “me time” I get during the day or week.

“Me time” is an essential part of my routine. Whether it’s taking a relaxing bath or going to yoga a couple of times a week, it’s good for my mental health. Having kids is hard, and with everything that goes on in our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to forget the “me” outside of being a mommy. Therefore I make it a point to treat myself whenever I can.