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How to remain patient with your picky eater

Child reaching for strawberries

 

From the time we are born, our senses are constantly growing and changes.  Our taste buds are developing as well as our desire to be independent.  It may seem like a simple thing to eliminate the picky tendencies that arise but it can be so much more than that.  It can become a major psychological change for the child.

While most children are simply “picky,” some have a sensory processing disorder causing certain tastes or textures to seem despicable and unbearable.  With my children, I have experienced both the typical pickiness as well as oral aversion caused by SPD.  So how do we know the difference?  For most, it takes a trip to a specialist to determine, but we knew early on.  With any food that was not completely smooth, my oldest would choke.  For some, the earliest signs are a dislike for socks and shoes, or getting extremely upset on any type of mess (paint, food, etc) on their hands. 

Other children may have allergies to foods that do not clearly present themselves.  They may develop stomach aches or nausea and automatically have aversions to certain foods from it.  At such a young age, they may be unable to communicate their pain, leaving the only “choice” to be refusal and reluctance of those foods.  This is something we worried about with my youngest for a while.  What if he felt we were forcing him to eat foods that made him hurt?  Fortunately as he has developed his speech, we are able to work through this and determine what is going on. 

But for those who are simply picky, there are a few things we can do to make it easier.

Eat with your child.  Nowadays, it is too easy to fix something separately, eat a something different than your child, but it is so important to the well being of your child to maintain a habit of eating meals together. 

Offer rewards.  Rewards of a mini M&M or another small treat after a bite of disliked food may help put your child past the desire to fight that food.  Once he or she accepts this method, change it to two bites for a treat, and so forth. Prefer not to give candy?  Find something else your child likes such as mommy or daddy making a silly monkey face and noise.  You’ll be surprised how a smile, happy attitude, and silly face can make a difference when you are on the verge of a breakthrough!

Give your child something to fidget with.  I found that both of my boys both benefited from holding something in their hands as they took a bite of something they did not like.  Once you work past your child fighting that food, you can move on to them self feeding.  For those with SPD, it helps take their mind off of the food and give their brain something else to process.

For the older kids, a chore chart with meals could be added.  At the age of 5, my son has a great appreciation for coins.  He earns a nickel for each thing he completes on his chore chart and it is really a great motivator for him.  We added meals to his chore chart and it gives that extra push to help him work past it.  

 

Try to learn what makes your child tick.  Each child is different and will respond differently.  You know your child best and you can do it.  Just keep trying and don’t give up.  You are your child’s world and they need you more than anything!

 

 

10 Kid-Friendly Pandora Radio Stations For Road Trips

10 Kid-Friendly Pandora Radio Stations For Road Trips

10 Pandora Stations that are Kid Friendly - perfect for road trips!

 

Summer’s almost here which means road trips and vacations for many! The first thing I think of when planning a road trip is how I will keep my kids entertained. Finding a good radio station is always key for my family.  Most cars have the ability to hook up to your phone for music input, or may even have internet radio built in.  My personal favorite free streaming music is Pandora Radio and here are a few of my favorite kid-friendly stations!  

  1. ABC (The Alphabet Song) Radio
  2. Baby Einstein (Children’s) Radio
  3. Disney (Children’s) Radio
  4. Family Musicals
  5. How Far I’ll Go (From “Moana”) Radio
  6. Kids Christmas Favorites (Holiday) Radio 
  7. Mozart’s Lullaby Radio
  8. Radio for Kids
  9. The Piano Guys Radio 
  10. Toddler Radio

Remember to use the thumbs up and thumbs down in order to make the station more customized for your family.  

10 Kid-Friendly Pandora Radio Stations for Road Trips

4 Common Essentials to Have Before Having a Play Date at Home for your Kids

4 Common Essentials to Have Before Having a Play Date at Home for your Kids

 

Your children are certain to bring a large amount of happiness to your life. From the time your kids are born until adulthood, you will want to encourage and be there for your family. One of the easier things to do that will enable your kids to have fun and be sociable with friends is by scheduling a play date at your home. This can be something that all the children involved look forward to attending and can be an ideal way to spend a weekend with your kids. However, there are certain things you will want to have in place beforehand and knowing some of the basic essentials is sure to be helpful in making this event both fun and entertaining for all.

 

Comfortable surroundings

Of course, you’ll want to ensure all of the children are comfortable in your home. During the summer months when the temperatures are soaring, this means relying on air conditioning to keep your home nice and cool.

The last thing you want is inviting kids over and having a house that is too hot and could even make some of the children leave. By ensuring the thermostat is set at the right number, this can prevent this from occurring at all.

 

Toys and entertainment

There isn’t anything that can make a play date more fun than having the right toys. You may want to be sure you have interactive toys that will help keep the kids entertained at all times.

Of course, if you want to step it up a notch and get the attention of the neighborhood kids, you may want to even rent out a bounce house. Studies show that you can typically rent this item for $100-$250 per day. This is one of the ideal ways to enable your child and any friends to have the best possible time during a play date.

Other ideas include making the home more festive by having balloons in it and another décor that makes it look more like a place for fun. Additionally, you could have toys with tie-ins to popular movies to keep things current.

 

Food and drinks

Kids love to snack and enjoy a variety of foods when having fun. It’s ideal to plan accordingly for this by having a vast array of food choices for all the kids that attend.

You may even want to have a specially made cake if your child is having a birthday or other special celebration. This is sure to increase the excitement of the kids and allow all of the attendees to indulge a sweet tooth for the day.

Other things you may want to serve can be simple but satisfying, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, and cookies. While this may not be the healthiest menu, it’s sure to be one all the kids will love, and it’s only for a day or two.

 

First-aid kit

While you hope there aren’t any minor incidents while having a play date, these can happen. When kids start venturing out to play it’s possible for scratches or cuts to be an unfortunate result.

This makes it a great idea to have a first-aid kit on hand that can be the best way to treat any mishaps that were to occur. Be sure to have some of the basics in the kit, such as band-aids, ointment and a mild type of pain reliever that may be suited for young kids.

Having this kit on hand is sure to give you the peace of mind you need if something was to happen.

The benefits of scheduling a play date for your kids are many. This can be the key to making your children happier and is also a very good idea when it comes to allowing your children to be more sociable in the process. This event may take a bit of planning but is sure to be worthwhile when you see the happy faces of all the kids that can attend. One thing is for sure, and that’s your child is sure to appreciate all the effort you put forth into making the play date happen!

 

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