Dine-Out with a Toddler…and ENJOY it!!!

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There are days that I cringe when “dine-out” and “toddler” are spoken in the same sentence. Dining out with a toddler is no easy task. It is, however, a great opportunity to build skills with your toddler, and believe it or not, it can be fun and stress free. Here are a few simple tips to enjoy the dining out experience with your toddler!

CHILD FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

It will not always be your choice where you will be having dinner. If it is your choice, try to find a child friendly restaurant (and I don’t just mean the places that have slides). There are a few things that make restaurants a little more family friendly.

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Dinner in a Pumpkin

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If we haven’t already established this….I LOVE FALL!!! One of my absolute favorite Fall Meals is Dinner in a pumpkin! Its fun, its simple, its delicious, nutritious and…what better way to Trick Your Picky Eater than by eating dinner straight out of a pumpkin!? I know, isn’t it great!?

I make this dinner every single year on Halloween night and my family LOVES it! I am sure you are going to love it to! And those picky little eaters will gobble it right up!

The greatest thing bout this meal is, you can prepare it in advance! Halloween night gets NUTS! The costumes, the parties, the trick or treating…NUTS I tell you! SO, if you make this the night before, refrigerate it and stick it in the oven about 2-2.5 hours before dinner…voila! You got yourself a delicious meal without the craziness of prepping it on Halloween Night! Wahoo.

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Halloween Safety 101

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When I was a kid, we went Trick-or-Treating by ourselves without a care in the world! Unfortunately we live in a slightly different world these days. And unfortunately, Halloween has become a Holiday that is quite a bit more dangerous than it was before. But, with these simple tips, you can keep your kids safe and still have a great time! Modify the tips depending on your child’s age!

  • If possible (or if your kids aren’t too cool yet) always send your children with a chaperon.

    Ok, This may be much easier said than done. As your kids get older they are going to want to go with their friends and not Mom. Offer to drive them from street to street as they trick or treat. Tell them you will meet them at the opposite end of the street. Hint to your kids: You get places MUCH faster driving. More places=More Candy!
  • Send your kids with a flashlight, glow stick, glow in the dark tape or other light. By having your child carry a flashlight, a lit Trick-or-Treat bag, glowstick etc… not only can you keep an eye on them easier, but they are also much more visible to cars. When kids get excited they tend to dash across the road without looking. By having your child carry a light, accidents with vehicles can be greatly reduced. Want a quick way to make everything glow in the dark EASILY? Check out this amazing glow-in-the-dark Tumble Dye from S.E.I.!
  • Keep costumes safe. halloween2

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If your child is going to be wearing a mask, make sure they can see out easily. A mask should also be easily removed without any assistance. (Your child should be able to take his/her mask of by themselves). A costume should also be easy to move in and not restrict your movement or the ability to walk and climb stairs.

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How to use the Zipadeezip + Miracle Product GIVEAWAY!!!


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Both of my boys HAD to be swaddled if there was any chance of them going to sleep! If they weren’t swaddled they would either stay awake and just stare/mess around or they would smack themselves all night long and wake themselves up! With my first, we could NOT figure out how to get him to transition out of a swaddle! We started with the swaddle blankets, then moved to the velcro swaddles…then we double swaddled….then we safety pinned. Yes…Safety pinned. (Stop judging we were desperate!) And don’t worry- we used to those HUGE baby diaper safety pins. Once he started busting out of that we had deemed ourselves doomed and prepared for sleepless nights for the rest of forever. blog-untitled-export-0064-2

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Ease your Child’s Separation Anxiety



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Back to school is in full swing! BLEH! How did the summer go by so fast!? With going back to school, or for some of our young ones who are just starting school, it can be an extremely scary time! Leaving Mom and/or Dad is rough! It can sometimes cause some pretty serious separation anxiety.

One of the hardest parts of my day, as an educator, is to see children upset when their parents have to leave. It breaks my heart each and every time! Everyday I would remind the parents to just “rip off the band-aid” and leave quickly.

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