There is something about going to tea that inspires elegant manners, good conversation, and an experience as delicious and sweet as the treats served. Springtime is the perfect excuse to have a beautiful tea party themed for the season. Invite over some of your mommy friends with their children and have them bring their child’s favorite doll or stuffed animal for a sweet “teddy tea” that all of your guests will enjoy.
Science proves that there are clear habits for success, by measuring two people groups: the rich and the poor. Seems pretty black and white, cutting people into two categories like that, right? No. There are more words to fill in the shades of gray, but for purposes of this article, let’s use these terms. Although some of us would not openly admit we want our children to be Richey Rich, none of us want our children to be poor; materially paupers, spiritually bankrupt, physically drained, or mentally wrung out. None of us. We want abundance for our kids. We want fewer struggles and more freedom. Read on for a simple recipe of overarching keys and supporting habits that will change your approach to raising successful children.
You just don’t feel right. Something’s off and you can’t put your finger on it, so as any woman in her childbearing years might do, you pee on a stick. As you wait those couple minutes, you shift your 6 month old son to your other hip, stick the paci back in his wailing mouth, try singing the song that soothed him yesterday which of course only makes him cry harder today, and are all of a sudden perfectly convinced that the nausea is of course from the bad take-out that was last night’s dinner. You toss out the test, bounce the baby a bit more, decide to try your luck at a nap, when you glance down at the trash can on your way out the door, and brightly staring back up at you are two.pink.lines.
We won’t tell you to not freak out, or to calm down, or that you’re going to enjoy every moment of this surprise pregnancy, but we will help you get as prepared as you possibly can with these 10 helpful and sanity-saving ways of how to prepare for two under two.
Who would have thought that your parents and grandparents have been right all along? Chicken soup isn’t just good for your soul, it’s great at soothing cold and flu symptoms as well. The only thing better on a cold dreary day than a warming and delicious bowl of chicken soup, is a chicken soup that cooks on its own in the crockpot and takes less than 20 minutes to put together. Here at Daily Mom we are HUGE fans of the crock pot. It can make dinnertime simple, quick and healthy. Anything that adds that kind of simplicity into our lives is a GO in our book! Even if you aren’t feeling under the weather, this is the perfect recipe for a weeknight dinner. You can even make it and freeze it, just in case the germs creep in.
As parents, you likely strive to make sure your children are kept safe. Have you ever thought about how this extends to the food that they eat? Packaged and processed foods have become a convenient choice for today’s busy families. However, while you are striving for convenience are you considering safety and health related side effects? These foods are oftentimes filled with additives and preservatives to control the color, flavor, aroma, nutrition, texture, and shelf life. This results in an impossibly long ingredient list full of words that are hard to pronounce. Though some of these ingredients are said to be safe, many can have negative effects, especially on children.
If you have visited Europe, chances are that you have tried a delicious rustic soup at some point. Sometimes we are so busy following the newest and most chic or elegant dishes that we forget the basics–the beauty of simplicity. Roughly cut veggies, homemade broth, and the perfect simple seasonings that can come together for a delicious, nourishing soup. There is something about a homemade chicken soup that is not only delicious, but nostalgic.
If you and your family love the great outdoors you may have thought of camping as a fun family vacation- but what if the idea of sleeping in a tent doesn’t really sounds all that wonderful? A good compromise would be to stay in a cabin! All over the country there are cabin rental companies that have cabins to fit any size family. Staying in a cabin allows a family to be immersed in nature and unplug some, but with some of the comforts of home (think: hot showers and a toilet!). This “happy medium” of sorts can be just what you need for the perfect family vacation- if you do a little preparation first.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about little kids trading treats at school and young lovers making romantic dinner plans with hidden boxes of jewelry and bouquets of roses. This Valentine’s Day, bring your family together for a meal that’s becoming more and more of a novelty than a common occurrence: breakfast. We’ve pulled together some fun, simple recipes and love-themed foods that your entire family will enjoy.
Unless you’re a teacher, you’ve likely never heard of Howard Gardner and The Theory of Multiples Intelligences. But, this theory is one of the most important theories about intelligence and it has influenced the way educators, psychologists and sociologists view intelligence–especially the intelligence of kids. Read on to find out what exactly the theory is and how it can give you new insight about your child’s strengths and weaknesses!
For adults, there are a plethora of apps designed to help us track our food intake, figure out how healthy certain foods are for us, and track our daily movements. Nowadays, even our youngest kids are drawn to modern technology early on. Once you have determined that they have reached a maturity level where they are actually learning from the use of apps on devices such as an iPad or iPhone and you are allowing them some screen time, consider helping them learn all about health and nutrition. There are a host of games and apps promoting fitness and educating children about their bodies, and how to nourish themselves in a healthy manner.
Granola is one of those foods that has just a few basic ingredients, but is so easily customizable to fit a variety of tastes and seasons. Granola sometimes gets a bad rap for having not enough nutritional benefit and for being overly sweetened. We think you’ll find this recipe to be a healthy balance of the two. This recipe has more protein with the addition of hemp seeds, nut butter, and chopped nuts. It also packs more of a nutritional punch with the addition of the millet, quinoa, and cacao nibs.
The cold weather is here and that makes us crave hearty dishes to warm us up inside and out, and what’s more hearty than a nice bowl of pasta? Making your own pasta sauce is fairly simple and fills your house with such amazing aromas, it’ll make you want to cook a batch every day! If you are a veggie lover, this sauce is for you. Made from fresh tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, and carrots, this sauce is not only incredibly delicious, but pretty nutritious too. Best of all, this recipe will make you about 8 cups of sauce so you can have some tonight and freeze the rest for those busy evenings when you barely have time boil some water.
As parents one of the things we want to teach our children is responsibility. But how can we do this? Well, doing chores is a start! Kids, just like adults, want to feel needed and to feel like they’ve made a contribution to the family and chores can help in this arena. But, you might be wondering what are some things your kids can help out with around the house. And what age is appropriate for them to start chores? Read on for some chores your kids can start as young as 3 –with help! — and continue to do as they get older.
Bad weather and the cold season can keep us indoors, scrambling for educational activities to keep our toddlers engaged. It is so easy to feel like you are running out of things to do with months of being cooped up. Montessori activities are an excellent, fun, and educational way to help prepare children for their school years. Simple household tasks can be made into fun, hands-on, developmental lessons that provide opportunities to use fine motor skills and create good habits, as well as great memories.
Currently, two members of the Daily Mom team are in the midst of tandem breastfeeding. After a lot of trial and error, a few tears, and many snuggles with our little ones, we realized that everyone should know about the products and resources that helped us during our first few weeks of tandem breastfeeding.