Go visit Green Acres 4 Me!

I have a new blog up on wordpress chronicling my adventures from becoming a city dweller to a country bumpkin!  We’re moving to a new house, flipping the house, and finding a way to squeeze inside.   The adventure will promise to be amusing!

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Giant Carrot Cupcakes

Are you looking for something super yummy for breakfast or a snack?  Try these giant carrot cupcakes.  If you substitute out a 1/2 cup of white flour for a 1/2 cup of wheat flour, they’ll be all the healthier.

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BPA–Are you Poisoning Your Baby?

Truth be told, I’m a huge breastfeeding advocate.  I think this is just one more reason to breastfeed your baby.  However, I know phenomenal moms that didn’t have the support necessary to keep breastfeeding (and yep, I do think that it is almost always a support issue) and even if you do breastfeed, BPA is in EVERYTHING!!!

Here are just a few of the articles I’ve written on the issue:

Is Your Baby’s Bottle Safe?

Is Your Baby’s Bottle Safe–UPDATE!

BPA Is In Formula Cans Too!

Minimizing Your Baby’s Exposure to BPA

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Of Things to Come. . .

I have been very delinquent in keeping up with this blog.  Sad, but true.  However, inspired by another online friend, and my own children who want to start their own websites, I’m coming back.  You can look here for updates on what’s going on in my other blogs, as well as the grand opening of my charming children’s websites. 

With that said, Go check out “The Dreaded Letter of Compliance” that I was threatened with from our local Board of Education.

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“My Piece Is Bigger Than Her Piece”

Have you heard this at the dinner table?  Don’t expect to hear it over the vegetables.  Somehow siblings are all too willing to make sure that their sis or bro has more than their fair share of those.  But if you have brownies, pies, cookies, or something else equally yummy–you can expect a fair amount of this type of whining.  Here’s the solution:

Have Sibling A cut the portions of dessert.  Let him know ahead of time that Sibling B will get to pick which piece he wants first.  I guarantee this will solve the problem. 

Serving up some delicious desserts,

The Sneaky Mama

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How to Win Power Struggles

Does your toddler engage you in power struggles?  If they don’t, I would venture to say that your child is not normal.   Maybe people think I’m an expert because I have so many kids, or maybe it’s because I have two power struggle queens right now; as the twins just turned 2.  In any case, I’m always asked about what I do about power struggles.

My answer is simple, I always win power struggles.  Whenever I say this I am always met with puzzled looks of awe.  “How is this possible?”

Well the obvious holds true that if your child is screaming in the store–you don’t give them what they want to make them quiet.  I am a formidible fortress and I don’t get worn down by a few whines, screams or even other people staring at me. 

But my simple secret is this:  I don’t engage in a battle I cannot win. 

Let’s say for example, that my child wants a toy in the store.  She screams, she cries, she throws the loudest and most obnoxious of her temper tantrums but in the end she leaves empty handed every time (and you’ll actually find there isn’t an ‘every time’ because they quickly learn that’s a lot of effort for nothing).

Now let’s move to the dinner table.  There are peas on my daughters plate.  She doesn’t want them.  Okay.

Yep–okay.  I cannot physically make my daughter eat peas.  I cannot (nor would I) shove them down her throat, and I certainly cannot force her to swallow them.  Now I know some parents would say, “Gee if they sit there until forever, they’ll eat the peas.”  Frankly, I’m not willing to have my child sit there until forever.   Essentially, all I can do is make her life miserable until she decides on her own to eat the peas. 

There are other alternatives to peas and so the rule is that if you don’t like what’s being served. . .after everyone has eaten you may make yourself (with my help usually) something else acceptable. 

Do you find yourself constantly engaging in a battle of wills?  If so, you need to understand that you have to win the battle.  But you also have a choice to make it a battle.  Some things frankly, are not worth battling over.  If you choose your battles wisely, you’ll gain cooperation and respect.

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Sneaking Some Math In This Summer

I have given this a lot of thought and I can’t figure out why math isn’t taught this way all the time.  Kids love it–at least mine do and you get some results for all your effort.  What am I talking about?  Cooking of course!  Don’t waste your money on workbooks. . .get in the kitchen and help your child keep his math skills sharp!

1.  Measuring is an important aspect of math and science.  It is one of those skills ‘they’ll actually use later on.’  Learning to do it precisely is a key skill.

2.  Going beyond measuring you have fractions.  My four year old understands basic fractions because she is in the kitchen with me constantly.  If I’m there, she’s sure to be along shortly asking what she can do to help. 

3.  Try this:  Rewrite a favorite but simple recipe using equivalent fractions.  For example 1 cup of sugar would be 4     1/4 cups of sugar.  Or have your child fill in the blanks and find the equivalents. . .then bake the recipe.

4.  To teach your child how to divide things evenly have him cut the pieces but let his sibling choose which one to take first.  This solves the ‘his piece is bigger than mine’ debate. . .but you can almost guarantee that the child with the cutting knife will do his best to make sure those pieces are equivalent. 

Check back soon for more sneaky activities for learning fun!

The Sneaky Mama

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