My Preschooler Won't Eat!

September 7, 2017

Before my daughter could talk, we taught her some basic baby sign language. Well, truthfully, we only taught her "all done." When she was done with her food, she would hold both hands up and twist them at the wrists, doing a sort of double-wave.

At first, it was great. We could finally understand when she was done with her food. It took a lot of the guesswork out—is she done yet? is she still hungry? But it wasn't long before she was seemingly saying "all done" just about before she started.

A new problem was created. Now we were concerned about her eating enough. It felt mean to force feed her, but we wanted her to eat enough. What do you do if your preschooler isn't eating enough?

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My Preschooler Won't Sleep

August 17, 2017

Sleep is important for all of us, but it's doubly important for young children. But what happens when your child isn't falling asleep or when he or she isn't staying asleep? What steps can you make to help your child sleep? 

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6 Healthy Preschooler Lunch Ideas

August 4, 2017

No one sets out to send their kids with unhealthy food. It's just that usually it's easier to throw a pre-packaged, store-bought lunch into a lunchbox. 

So let's add a few marks to the healthy food column by looking at six healthy preschool lunch ideas.

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The Signs of Dehydration in Preschoolers

June 26, 2017

Every day we lose liquid that must be replaced. Our bodies do an amazing job of prompting us to drink more when we have lost liquids, but sometimes children (and adults) ignore these impulses. 

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Eating Organic Without Teaching Your Preschooler To Look Down On Others

June 1, 2017

They all pulled out their lunches. Jared had the usual—a homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a bag of chips, and a Little Debbie.

“What is that!” a girl practically yelled as she pointed at his lunch. “Don't you know that desserts aren't good for you? They make you fat!" At this point, I intervened and Jared was saved any more humiliation. 

How do you teach your child something you believe in strongly without also teaching him or her to look down on others? That's a question that faces all of us, whether you only eat organic food or not. 

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6 Reasons Your Preschooler Needs Outdoor Play

March 6, 2017

If you've ever tried to get your child to stop playing video games and go outside, you know the struggle. Getting your preschooler to play outside can be really challenging, so is it really worth all the hassle? 

Here are 6 reasons to be encouraged and to keep up the fight for outdoor play.

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5 Quick & Easy Breakfast Recipes for Preschoolers

February 13, 2017

Giving your preschooler breakfast, even if it is something small, is a great way to start her day. With many choices before you, what you choose to feed your child is important.  A healthy diet will have a good balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

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10 Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters

February 9, 2017

Teaching your child to eat what's set before him is important. If you've ever seen an adult pick through his food at a private dinner party or out in a restaurant, you understand its importance.

Some kids love trying new food and adventurously try whatever you set before them, but let's face it, none of us know those kids.

So what should we all do when our children inevitably go through picky eating phases? As parents, how should we deal with our little picky eaters?

Let me suggest ten helpful tips in no particular order.

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Is Breakfast Really Important for Preschoolers?

January 9, 2017

 

Okay, we’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Our mothers, grandmothers, and even cereal companies have told us this. You have maybe even repeated this to your child.

In recent years, several have challenged the notion of breakfast’s importance. It is a difficult matter to settle. Almost every study has concluded that more study is needed! It is a complicated issue.

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Are Preschooler Naps Really Necessary?

December 26, 2016

Napping is an important part of your preschooler's day, maybe more important than you even imagine.

A preschool-aged child that has a regularly scheduled nap is typically a happier, more contented child. In fact, ample calories and adequate sleep are critical to a toddler’s growth and development.

Here are some keys to help you with naptime.

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