It’s All Relative

Remember the holidays when you were little?  Lots of hugs, kisses and breath taking squeezes from relatives, not to mention that one aunt who always wore bright red lipstick and left an impression on your cheek for all to see.  Navigating the holidays with small children can be difficult, especially when they appear shy or snub the advances of loved ones.  Sue Shellenbarger for the Wall Street Journal offers a variety of ways to help both your children and the relatives connect and enjoy their time together.

When Your Child Won’t Hug the Relatives

Parents, Kids and Healthy Eating

106975Children tend to be picky eaters and for most of us this only means a little wasted food and some frustration at the dinner table.  But what about the parents who cannot afford to throw away food?  The working poor who must stretch to make ends meet often have the same nutrition goals for their children but lack the financial resources to introduce their children to new foods and flavors.  Statistics show that children must be given a new food 8-15 times before it will be accepted.  Imagine how much discarded food that amounts to in a week, a month.  Caitlin Daniel reinforces the idea that many parents share the same health desires for their children in her article,  A Hidden Cost to Giving Kids Their Vegetables and offers possible ways that schools and organizations may help support a healthy lifestyle for all.