Empowering your Kids to Cook

It’s fun to see a renewed interest in nutrition, cooking, and canning in this generation of  20-somethings. Yet, many of this age group have been left behind in being taught how to cook.  A generation ago 80% of Baby Boomers could cook from their pantry without a recipe; today 20% of their children can prepare a meal…

Mother’s Day is May 11th

What mom wouldn’t love a freezer full of meals to make dinners nutritious and easy for a whole month? Here are some fun options to make Mom smile with Dream Dinners on Mother’s day or any special day: Sit down at the computer together and let Mom select her meals while you pick up the tab. For a…

Ending the Picky Eater’s Power Struggle

The Battle’s On Your child might be winning now, but, losing later to finicky habits and poor nutrition. Picky eaters can turn rational parents into obsessed, battle-weary, rationalizing, bargaining, pleading, crazy people!  Whew, I’m worn-out just from describing it! We’re afraid our ‘little darlings’ will never eat balanced meals and will become malnourished skeletons, vanishing…

Helping your Kids Have a Hospitable Heart

There’s something so heartwarming to see my kids practice hospitality as young adults. As parents we spend years teaching them to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ among a host of other manners, so it’s nice to know it eventually pays off! Arrive with a gift in hand. Besides the usual table manners regarding napkins, elbows,…

When are Expectations of our Kids Healthy or Harmful?

This week we were talking with our son about his grades, all Bs and two Cs, and I joked, “I always thought you would get A’s!” It wasn’t funny like I thought. I apologized, as I know he does his homework every night. But, then I asked him, “How did that make you feel.”  (This…

Encouraging the Best in People

Have you ever felt unjustly accused or misunderstood? Or perhaps you’ve formed premature opinions of others that aren’t based on truth. Is your co-worker stand-offish?  Maybe she’s dealing with difficult personal matters you know nothing about. Is your spouse non-talkative? Maybe he’s weighing a challenging business decision he doesn’t know how to handle. We could…

Try these ‘Winter Game’ Contests and Join the Fun!

Beat the cold winter blues and throw a party for kids or adults. No Slope Style course or Half Pipe? No problem, use what you have and join the competitive spirit. Start by grouping couples or families into teams each representing a different country and let the competition begin!  (You can have them draw the country…

Have we Gone too far Rewarding with Food?

Let’s face it, sweets and treats motivate kids! From the time they begin potty training we start reinforcing their behavior with whatever works best. Rewards come in smiles, high fives, a cheerful “good job,” and quite often, a piece of candy or a trip to their favorite restaurant. Much of our cultural celebrations involve food…

Snow Day means Play Day… Join the Fun

Children welcome and wish for snow days… a day off from school and a chance to play outside.  When the weather keeps you from getting out of the driveway, seize the day.  Bundle them up and head outside, you too! Summer games seem new in the snow. Try: Tic-Tac -Toe, Hop-Scotch, Follow-the-Leader, and Tag. Play…

2 Foundational Principles for Defeating Childhood Obesity

Are you Worried that your Kids are Headed Toward Obesity … before they Grow Up? We’re a culture obsessed with media-glorified body images and yet our lifestyles are mostly sedentary with a high caloric intake. We live in a contradiction that’s challenging to win.  The grocery check-out highlights our dilemma with these two messages: (1) Follow these…

How to Eliminate Grocery Store Meltdowns

No matter how many years have passed since our kids were little, every mom has a vivid grocery store meltdown story.  That is our kid’s meltdown, not ours.  Well, both are a viable possibility!  When I see little children having tantrums at the checkout or hear loud wailing 3 aisles over, all I have is…

Creating Nostalgia is Easier than you Think

I like the word nostalgia and the images it evokes.  I think of my grandma’s house, her pink sinks and mint cupboards, the two pre-set tables – one for adults and one for kids, the colored plastic divided plates we always got to use, and the aroma of delicious food bubbling in the oven.  These…