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4 Ways to Eat Less Fast Food

img_1160We all eat fast food, especially when we’re busy taking kids to school, sports and activities.  Being on the go so often makes a drive-thru very tempting.  A little bit of fast food is okay, but it can get out of hand real quick.  So, here are 4 ways to eat less fast food, even when you’re a busy parent.

1. Choose higher quality fast food restaurants, and stick to it.  All fast food is not created equal. Pay attention to food quality, overall cleanliness and customer service when you eat on the go, and only eat from places that excel in all of those categories (this will narrow things down real quick – trust me).

2. Plan ahead.  I know, I know. It’s not always easy to plan ahead when things get hectic. But deciding which nights you’ll eat out for dinner each week can really help you eat out less.  At our house Tuesday evenings are busy because my son has soccer practice.  So on Tuesdays we eat Chick-Fil-A for dinner at the soccer field before practice starts.  We also eat burgers once and pizza once on weekends.  Having 3 fast food meals per week gives our family a few fun treats to look forward to each week without being excessive. Continue reading

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Why Your Child’s Bed Time Really Matters

Whether you’re an expecting parent, a brand new parent, or are the parent of 6  kids, you’ve heard all about sleep for babies and kids.  The experts have already told us how crucial it is for the child’s health and wellness.  This is why so many of those experts have also talked about bed time.  They tell us what time little ones should hit the sack depending upon their age and what us parents can do to help make this happen.  And while their overall health and wellness is obviously the number one reason why the kiddos should go to bed at an early hour, there are also some other benefits.kk-child-bed-time-blog-post-10-3-16

First of all, by setting an official “bed time” in our house, it helps us stay organized in the evenings, which as you fellow parents know, is probably the busiest time of day for most families.  Our kids are 2 and 5, and their bed time is 8pm.  With this bed time goal in mind each evening, it helps guide us on the timing of homework, play time, dinner and bath.  I’m a planner, so the thought of a predictable evening with the kiddos thrills me.  There’s a time to be spontaneous, but school nights are not it.  The structure that our kids’ bed time gives us as a family each evening is so incredibly helpful to us as parents and to our kids.

In addition to a bed time creating structure, it also guarantees my husband and I a set amount of time each night to do what we need to do without the kiddos around.  Continue reading


Toddler Tantrums: 6 things parents can do to help

Ah, the toddler tantrum.  If you’ve witnessed one, particularly if you’re the parent of the toddler that threw the tantrum, you know how it goes.  Sometimes there’s a warning sign.  Sometimes there’s not.  Typically the word, “Nooooo!” is yelled out in a very hand-to-head stage drama sort of way.  Crying and screaming follow.  There’s always some sort of physical action, of course.  Many times they throw themselves on the floor, which can really suck, because that can cause an actual injury, thus even further irritating the tantrum taking place.  During a recent tantrum of my daughter, Romy’s, who’s not quite 2 1/2 years old, I decided to take a few pictures.  Yes, pictures.  The lighting outside was beautiful, and she looked adorable in her tutu and rubber boots.  I mean, if she’s gonna have a meltdown, best to do it in good lighting and good clothes, right?  toddler-tantrums-pinAnyway, in this moment, I realized that I was calm enough to take pictures and then hug her tight.  That’s a massive improvement from how I handled these situations with my son, who’s now 5.  I was more uptight about parenting overall back then.  And as the story goes, I’ve gotten better over time.  So, here are 6 things I try to do when my little gal starts to freak out.  Continue reading