For several years, I was spoiled. My son’s preschool was one of the few that were willing to re-heat the kids’ lunches. So if we had spaghetti for dinner, we could easily set aside a portion to pack for my son’s lunch the next day. The teachers would heat the kids’ meals while they were out playing, and we never had to think twice about what to serve for his main meal at lunch.
Except now he’s in a new school for pre-kindergarten. And this school, like most, do not reheat students’ lunches. The kids either bought hot food from the cafeteria, or they ate cold or room temperature food brought from home.
I wasn’t about to spend money for cafeteria food, but I wanted to give my son more than just your standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I didn’t want him eating sandwiches every day until he was a senior in high school.
So I scoured for ideas on creative lunch menus—stuff that’s easy to prepare, doesn’t need to be reheated, and can be adapted and rotated enough from becoming too routine.
Anxiety: We all deal with it to varying degrees. And when you’re a kid, anxiety is heightened by the fact that you’re not even aware of the emotions flooding through your mind and body. Anxiety can happen any time, but some common culprits include new environments and people, a change of plans, a disruption of routine or a separation from the familiar.
And when you’re the parents of kids who feel anxious about these new experiences, it can be pretty tough to remain supportive and calm while trying to understand where your kid is coming from.
What can parents to do to help? How do we deal with anxiety in children?
Melissa from CloudMom.com here, thrilled to be writing today on a very worthy topic: how to raise a self confident child. With future Olympic stars and piano prodigies swirling around these days, it’s natural to hope your child will excel.
If you think about it though, your child’s ability to believe in himself far outweighs any laurels he’ll earn. Why? It’s that self confidence (rather than success) that can usher him through the ups and downs life brings. I’m no expert and right in the midst of all this myself with my own children (ages 4-10), but for what it’s worth, here are five things I’m doing to encourage my kids’ self-esteem.
Moms, we do a lot of things, some of them not even necessary. Sure, we balance work and home. We hold our kids sleep-deprived when they’re sick and dripping with snot. We cook, clean and clip fingernails all while maintaining our roles as wives, friends, daughters and sisters.
Then… we do even more. Take a look at any Pinterest board. Log onto Facebook and scroll through your fellow moms’ posts. Read your favorite mom bloggers and look at their pictures. These are all great—in moderation.
Me? I don’t do them all. Inspired by Steph’s post, below are seven supermom things I don’t regularly do:
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