Paleo for Kids

 

There is almost nothing scarier than the responsibility that comes with raising a child. Whether it’s getting them off to school or watching them start to date there is no way around it…parenting is hard. And more often than not we find ourselves wondering if we are making the right decision for our children and second guessing ourselves at every turn.

 

But there is one area where you can know that you are doing the best for your children. And that is when it comes to the foods that they are eating. When you have a child that is eating paleo, you have the comfort of knowing that you are doing the absolute best that you can for them. Not only are you feeding them foods that will help them to fight off colds and other ailments, but you are giving them food that is going to aid in their overall development, muscle building, stamina, and even brain power. In other words, there is no shortage of ways that eating paleo can help your child to succeed.

 

As you know, protein plays a vital part in helping a growing child. Having the right amount of protein is a critical part of promoting healthy muscle growth, boosting concentration, and helping with energy levels. All of these are things that are essential to a growing child.

 

But that isn’t the only thing that eating paleo can offer to your kids. Eating paleo also promotes eating vegetables, which will give your children a healthy dose of the nutrients that their bodies are needing. And of course, vegetables tend to be rich in fiber, which helps to ensure good digestion and gut health.

 

On the surface, it might seem like asking your child to eat all of these healthy foods will be a battle. And to be honest, in the beginning it just might be. But over time you might be surprised to find your children will start looking forward to eating their paleo meals.

 

One of the greatest things about the fact that the paleo diet is so popular is that people are getting creative with their recipes, and they are sharing that creativity with others. There was a time not too long ago when eating paleo meant eating bland meat and veggies. Even though these things served their purpose in making you healthy, they didn’t necessarily make food something to look forward to.

 

Thankfully those days are over and now eating paleo isn’t just healthy, it can be downright fun. Here are some examples of healthy paleo treats that will tame even the pickiest of eaters:

 

  • Paleo Mac and Cheese
  • Paleo Donuts
  • Paleo Pancakes
  • Paleo Fudge
  • Paleo Chicken Nuggets
  • Paleo Pizza

 

These are just a few examples of the recipes that you can make when your family starts eating paleo. Not only will these recipes help you to ease your family into a new way of eating, but your little ones might even start asking to help you in the kitchen.

 

Making the transition to the paleo diet can be hard, but it isn’t impossible. As long as you keep things light and allow your family to have foods similar to the foods they are used to, you will have a healthy paleo family in no time. 

 

Spring Kids Craft, Edible Birds Nests

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Denver Botanic Gardens.

Edible Birds Nests.

When I taught After School Enrichment classes for grades 3-5, one of the projects we made was Edible Birds Nests. I didn’t take good pictures–think sticky-from-marshmallows-hands–so credit must be given to D Magazine’s Jessica Jones for these project photos.

Edible Birds Nests are easy, fun and perfect for celebrating Spring. Need an Easter activity for a party? This one is egg-cellent!

Gather ingredients.

Mold chow mein/melted marshmallow mixture into a cupcake tin.

Once Birds Nests have hardened in the fridge, pop them out of cupcake tin and fill with jellybean eggs.

One teeny-tiny cupcake with one egg. Jessica Jones’ suggestion: Use as cupcake toppers!

EDIBLE NESTS RECIPE (yields about 12 cupcake-sized nests)

Ingredients:

•1/4 cup butter

•3 cups marshmallows

•5 cups chow mein noodles

•Cooking spray

•Candy to fill nests

Directions:

1. Melt butter and marshmallows together over medium-low heat. Remove from heat.

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Disney Vacation With Kids

The one dream that parents in America have, is to take their children for a trip to the Disney World in Florida. The vacation at times proves very difficult on the parents as they need to save through the year to be able to spend on the trip to the resort and then there are the expenses during the stay that need to be calculated as well. But they are willing to go to any lengths, so they can show their children the joys offered within the walls of the Castle like Disney World.

The cheapest Disney World vacations are about cutting corners and pinching pennies, which is what parents become experts in by the time they are ready to pack and leave for the fun rides. There are some points to be kept in mind so one can make the most of their cheapest Disney World vacations and yet have a good time.

Decide on what your budget is – It is important to plan ahead of time as to how much money you can afford to spend on your holiday and work towards it. Once you have determined this figure, you can plan your trip around the same. It does not make sense to go over board during your trip using your credit card and then come back to a pile of debt. Allocate funds to different aspects of the trip, so you can cover all the basics and use the leftover for the occasional splurging.

While booking flights, check for those offers and don’t wait for the last minute to book your tickets. Or if Orlando is only a couple of hours away, see if you can take your SUV and drive it down, this way you save flight tickets and have a vehicle to go around Disney World.

Accommodation and food – A major part of our cheapest Disney World vacations is where to stay and how much the various options cost. If you are not very particular about the place, you can stay at a private home or cottage, which is very comfortable and cozy. This way, you can save money but keep in mind the cost incurred going to and from to the Disney World theme parks. Book your stay well in advance to get the early bird offers and various discounts that come up.

Since most of those who want an affordable and stress free Walt Disney World vacation and a visit to the various theme parks, especially to Magic Kingdom and The Tree Of Life, you need to allot at least 4 days. This means, that much more expenditure on your place of stay and food, and requires immense amount of self control to not give into those temptations at the park. Make sure to have food brought in from home or cooked at the cottage you are staying in to save money. If by taking a bit of extra effort, you can provide your children with a chance to enjoy the rides and the adventures, then why not?

Gardening Advice For Kids

Gardening is not only for the adults. Children can have so much fun and benefit from it too. If you want your children to learn the art of gardening, you have to be a good example to them. If you are a good gardener yourself, taking fun and responsibility at what it takes for this activity, it would not be difficult for your children to follow. Gardening is a hobby that can provide lots of benefits both to you and your children. 

What are the benefits that your children can reap by engaging them into this rewarding hobby? Of course, the first one is the sense of accomplishment they get whenever they see the fruit of their labor. Seeing the fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and beautiful flowers will boost their confidence because of the accomplishment. 

But beyond this accomplishment are the values that you instill in them. It is not only the sense of accomplishment but the responsibility they learn to deal with and the rewards after their actions. These are valuable benefits that your children can use as they grow up and have to make social interactions. 

When it comes to gardening, you will decide what method is best for them. You can choose whether it will be soil gardening or hydroponics. It doesn't matter what it is since both can give them fun and exciting time as well as productive labor and fruits. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages so you might want to research first which one would be most beneficial to you and to your children. 

Having the right tools and supplies will give you both an easy start with this project. Whether it is going to be an indoor or outdoor gardening, you must give the children the freedom to choose their own tools and equipments, with your guidance of course. 

These things come in kiddie sizes too, so think of how much it is going to be for them as they get to have their own tools. Also, allow them to pick the type of plants they want to grow. As much as possible, let them pick first the ones that grow easily so teach them of what you know about plants. 

At first, it is expected that you will have to do the major gardening work. They are learning so give them the best teaching that you could by setting a very good example in the first few days. Children learn in different ways. There are those who are best in visual learning while others do well in sensory learning. Whatever it is, show them the things that need to be done or let them feel the essence of the plants, soil, and the elements of gardening.

As they take care of their plants, always let them know that you are there to guide them should anything wrong happen or if they have questions regarding gardening activities. It doesn't matter if your children get to have the wackiest plant choices or the most mismatched ones, for as long as they are enjoying and having a sense of pride in this activity, you know that the hobby is giving them benefits and valuable lessons.