The struggle continues and seems to be getting more challenging with our selective eater. He will not like or eat meat so chicken, bacon, turkey; hot dogs are all out of the question and he is allergic to nuts so that is another challenge. He wants nothing to do with cereals such as cheerios, frosted/corn flakes, cinnamon crunch etc. He now has found a love for fish so we have fish and tuna that we prepare for dinner and sometimes lunch. He will eat his fill of salads, all kinds of vegetables and fruits so I take advantage of every opportunity to give him his favorites.
Lately he has been even more selective and even his favorites are no longer options for him to eat. That had me a bit concerned so I consulted with his doctor and was told he is healthy and will probably grow out of it. Well in the meantime I am a bit concerned that he may not be getting enough protein and have been trying some fun recipes where I can ensure its packed with enough protein and other nutrients and tasty that he will eat.
I found a new favorite recipe by accident and now he is in love with the idea. I prepared an Acai bowl at home and he wanted to taste it and the rest is history. The difference with his bowl is that it does not have Acai included. It’s prepared with Silk Very Vanilla, blueberries, strawberries, kale, spinach, pineapples, sliced apples and half or a banana. I top it with blueberries and sliced bananas and he loves it and as far as he is concerned it’s an Acai Bowl. He gets everything in the bowl that would be challenging to give separately at a meal.
If he eats a waffle or bagel for breakfast then the bowl supplements for what he would be missing in other forms of protein. We use it also for dinner regardless of what he eats as a main course. The bowl is used as a dessert and puts my minds at ease knowing that he is getting an adequate serving of protein and other nutrients.
The story continues and I am ready for him to grow out of this phase and start eating or trying other foods. He doesn’t have to eat meat but it would be good for him to go easy on being so selective. Mommy would really appreciate the consideration.
All the best until next time!
One of our favorite places to visit is the Young at Art Museum @youngatartmuseum. It’s a great place for interactive and creative activities for kids of all ages.
He loves airplanes and loves to make them every chance he gets and with anything he can find.✈️Here’s his B-52 bomber he made from recycled materials. As we were leaving the museum one of the attendants asked him to explain what he made. After he told her that it was a B-52 bomber with gunners, engines and cargo space she asked if she could take pictures of his B-52 to show others and her friend who builds airplanes ✈️ 📚📸Proud Mommy Moment✨This is going to be an awesome summer and can’t wait to see what else he creates.
Once we got home he wanted to build a runway with for the plane to take off. The plastic table cloth used for the arts and craft table and his coloring pencils ended up being the runway and the guide path for the plane to travel through. I don’t know how he comes up with these ideas but it’s going to me a busy and creative summer.
Details below on how to make the B-52 Bomber. ✈️💥✨
Making B-52 Bomber
1 – Empty 2 Liter plastic bottle soda bottle
2 – Empty 16 or 12 ounce water bottles
2 – empty glue stick containers
1 – roll of scotch tape
2 – sheets of recycle paper from magazine cover or paper with that texture or thickness.
- Place the 2 -liter bottle on a table or counter
- Cut the wings from the recycle paper (length of wings to your preference)
- Tape it across the middle portion of the bottle with scotch tape.
- Take the two 16 ounce water bottles and cut in two parts.
- If you use the 12-ounce bottles then cut about ¼ inch off from the bottom and use the remainder for the engine.
- Use the top of the bottle to tape under the middle of the wings
- Use the two empty glue stick containers and place on the outer area of the wing to the left of each engine.
- Have the open portion of the glue stick positioned to the rear portion of the plane.
- Cut 2 pieces of paper 2’ x 2’ and tape them to the left rear and right rear of the body of the plane.
- Cut 1 piece of paper 3” long by 2” wide.
- Make a cut of 2” in the center of the rear tail of the bottle and tape the 3” piece of paper in the 2” open space.
Enjoy making and playing with your B-52 Bomber!
All the best until next time!
We love exposing our son to the arts and ways for him to use his imagination. Arts is an area of focus that seems to be underestimated in the value it brings to toddlers and young children in general. It encourages self-esteem, imagination, creativity, logical thinking and self-expression. Art can be a way of expanding literacy and comprehension and improve overall development and ways of children to use in expressing themselves.
In addition to scheduling time for our son to have arts and crafts activities at home we intentionally seek out opportunities to him to be exposed to art in other environments. There are lots of events in our area that are free, some that have minimal costs and some that may have membership fee requirements. We cover all the choices for him to be engaged in those activities and the one that has been most beneficial is the membership we have with the museum. The main benefit we love with the membership is that he can visit the museum 2-3 times a week and he can’t get enough because there are always new exhibits monthly.
He is able to use his imagination in and engage in some of the following creative ways: Ride a subway, design toys, animals or structures out of recycled materials, visit a cave and discover a dig in ArtScapes. Problem solving in water flow at the water table, play drums in kaleidoscope designed room that spins around, STOMP to the rhythm, build sand sculptures and recycled puppets in GreenScapes. Learn about faraway customs in CultureScapes. Explore the world of Alice in WonderScapes. He is able to create a masterpiece in every gallery.
We encourage our toddler to be interactive when we visit museums, art displays or read books that are from far off places and tells stories that they would not encounter in his environment. We are patient with him and allow him to make up his own stories based on what he interprets the visual means to him. Thought it is very hard, we don’t critique his artwork and say they are wrong in what he is making. We expect it to be messy and plan on everything getting covered with whatever he is using. Whoever at Crayola came up with washable paints and other washable coloring tools deserve my gratitude and a raise.
All the best until next time.
One of the areas we started to focus on with RJ early is his problem solving skills. He loves to work with puzzles and put thing together. Whether it was building blocks, putting together puzzles, building a toy, putting his Thomas train tracks together or with his playing cards he loves the challenge and always comes away with a new experience. We love that he is eager to learn and will challenge us if he thinks we don’t know the answer. His saying is “you didn’t know that”. We have been wrong at times and we can see how his self esteem continues to grow.
Another source we use for RJ’s development is interactive learning games on his tablet. He loves playing and learning on the tablet with the memory games, puzzles and other word and color games. We generally schedule for him to play with his tablet for designated periods after school or other times and find ourselves giving him extra time to play these games because he is having a great learning experience.
Some of the benefits of playing with puzzles and interactive games is that it builds and improves children’s: Problem Solving, Cognitive Skills, Motor Development, Hand and Eye Coordination, Social and Self Esteem.
What are some unique ideas you have used to help improve your child or children’s problem solving and cognitive development?
Here is a site that I have found as a resource. Hope you will be able to check it out. http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/stages-milestones/cognitive-development-3-5-year-olds
All the best until next time!
We were looking for additional learning resource with structure to introduce S.T.E.M. to our 4-year-old son. His older sister found Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M 1 & 2 and we love it. Our son has been glued to the videos and can’t get enough. He watches the DVD’s in the car, at home and asks for quiet time while viewing. We lucked out and found the double DVD set at Walmart for $12.98. They are usually retail for $8.98 each.
This Nickelodeon DVD set is the perfect STEM set for both boys and girls!
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. It focuses on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively.
Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M. includes the following episodes: (Excerpts from Nick)
Blaze and the Monster Machines – Tool Duel
“Crusher steals all of Gabby’s tools, and Blaze must help her retrieve them so she can repair the Monster Machines.”
PAW Patrol – Pups Save an Ace/Pups Save the Wedding
“Skye and the Pups must save a stunt pilot and her plane; the Pups help Farmer Yumi prepare for her wedding day.”
Bubble Guppies – Build Me a Building
“The Bubble Guppies learn about construction while building a doghouse for Bubble Puppy.”
Team Umizoomi – Let’s Play Math Dragons
“The team goes into the video game “Math Dragons”. In order to win, they must collect three dragon eggs before they fall into traps. ”
Dora the Explorer – School Science Fair
“Dora and her new friend Emma are going to the school science fair with their model volcano. ”
Blue’s Clues – Contraptions
“Joe makes a crayon slide; everyone makes a contraption with a different function.”
All the best until next time.
I am an optimist and have always been that way. I always see the glass half full and have no place for negativity in my life or around my family. I do not surround myself with people who are negative and go out of my way to block it when it is in my space.
We live in a world where if we are not careful negativity can tarnish and overtake our every thought. If this is happening to us as adults imagine how our children are processing all of the information they may hear when they are away from us and encounter negative people who may try to dim their light towards greatness. We are very deliberate in how we speak to RJ, what and whom we expose him to that could affect him positively or negatively. We shower him with positive energy and love in every way possible everyday and make sure that he has the confidence to challange anyone who would suggest or tell him otherwise.
When RJ started Pre-K we realized that we had to develop the reinforcements he would need everyday to navigate the new environment away from home. We place notes of affirmation in his book bag, an the liner of his lunch bag, on his water bottle, tell him in the car on our way to school and have them in his room on the wall. There is not wavering in making sure that he will be a confident, motivated and emotionally healthy young man. He loves the moments when we talk about the affirmations and what they mean to him and to the people who love him.
Here are some of the affirmations that we send RJ off with everyday. We rotate them daily and weekly. Sometimes we ask RJ what affirmation he would like once I read them off to him and he selects.
Words of Affirmation
- You can accomplish anything you set out to do.
- Continue to always do your best.
- You always keep your promises.
- We love that you are curious.
- You are loved.
- You are very helpful.
- You are bold and courageous
- You are so kind.
- We are thankful to God for you.
- You respect others and we respect you.
- Love yourself as much as we love you.
- We can’t imagine our lives without you.
- You are getting stronger everyday.
- There is no one like you.
- You are amazing on the inside and out.
- You are getting smarter every day.
- We love that you always use kind words.
- We are so proud of you.
- You have been working hard and we are proud of you.
- You are very special to us.
We believe in pouring love and positive energy into everything that RJ does and everything he wants to become. We can see the positive affects it has on him and how he interacts with his classmates and anyone he is around. We have to start sowing seeds of positivity in our children early and reinforce at every opportunity.
Be well Until next time!
RJ loves ice cream so thought it would be a great idea to take him to the local ice cream shop to see how ice cream is made from scratch. We found a great local ice cream shop Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt. The attendant was awesome. He explained the process to RJ who had a million questions every step of the way. I wanted to see it too so it was the first time for me too. It was pretty interesting and he had lots of fun. It’s funny because he is not a regular ice cream eater. He prefers fruit popsicles, yogurt, fruits and apple sauce instead. Still cool to see his reaction of how ice cream is made and him eating with the steam coming from the ice cream. Absolutely love these moments and would not change it for the world. Blessed to Great end to a fun weekend.
Hope you have a great week. Until Next Time!
Well, sleeping in on Saturdays and Sundays have been cancelled!! Why can’t kids body clocks on weekend move up at least 2 hours? Why will kids wake up at 6 am on a Saturday and then they want you to be up and fully functional at that time. It’s always, Mommy I am ready to go, ready to play and want to do everything at 6 am. I have one eye open and one eye closed as I try to be responsive to just saying good morning to him. I can’t even think or rationalize moving from one point to the next. I keep saying “I Love my husband”……I will never grow old at this rate because I am always chasing RJ and if it has not caused me to pass out at least I am getting in lots of exercise and it’s keeping me young.
Let’s see what kind of fun we can have today and how much mischief we can get in together. Hope you and your little one(s) have a great weekend. Hug them tight and enjoy the moments even if we get no sleep or have no rest in between.
Until Next Time. Best, GenMom.