Parenting 101: 5 Ways to Manage Messy Eating

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When it is your first time to parent a toddler, you’d begin to realize that nobody has really ever told that it wasn’t going to be easy – especially when feeding.

A lot of times, feeding kids becomes quite a challenge to either new or veteran moms, because whether you like it or not, it always comes with a messy experience. Especially when you have a highly aggravating toddler, you would always want to make sure that every feeding time is controlled and managed well.

If you are a parent and you think you’re in the verge of blowing up because of the constant messy eating and food throwing, then here’s good news for you!

In this blog, we’re going to share with you some “survival tips” on how to manage messy eating during feeding time.

Expect and Prepare

What better way to feel less upset and frustrated than to prepare yourself ahead of time for this type of situation? When it comes to feeding kids, you should expect for the worst.

Studies found that such aggravating behavior is pretty normal for the growth and development of the child. In other words, parents are left with no choice but to get a hang of it eventually. Of course, each child is different, so should each parent be towards disciplining their kids and towards the situation they are facing.

As a matter of fact, messy eating is advantageous in some ways as this would enable the child to experiment on different tastes and textures. If they start squashing on food, let them go over the experience as long as you have the guts, the strength, and the grace to clean up their mess afterwards.

Offer only smaller portions of food

Oftentimes, it gets into our nerves whenever we catch our kids throwing food on the floor. This happens when you put large amounts of food in front of them.

To avoid that from happening, try only giving small amounts at a time, lest you want to retrieve just about anything they throw on the floor – which is seemingly fun and entertaining for them more than you think.

Special Equipment to the rescue

Thank God we now have special equipment that we can use to make our parenting duties a lot easier to handle. Silicone bibs, for example, keep our feeding area clean and neat. Plus, it also saves time and energy during cleanup time. The other special equipment you can use are sippy cups and sectioned plats which are also just readily available in most stores.

Double Up

Feeding time is actually the best time to teach your kid how to feed himself.

You do this by allowing your toddler to hold one set of utensils so he could try to feed himself while you also feed him with another set.

Remain Calm

We understand that due to messy eating and food throwing, it becomes easier for things to go out of hand and for parents to become angry or frustrated in an instant. While this is a pretty normal reaction, parents still have a choice to either make the situations go worst or stay calm to remain in control.

By managing messy feeding time, you should stay calm no matter what. As a parent, teach your child proper manners by being a model to them. Phrases like “No thank you, Mommy” and “All done” serve as good examples to impart on.

 

Inspired from the book “The Toddler Care Book: A complete Guide from 1 to 5 years old” by Dr. Jeremy Friedman

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Reasons to Travel Once In a While

 

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We all know that traveling is fun yet costly. And that is probably one of the reasons why many had stepped back from the idea of traveling once in a while.

Well, I was once like that. I used to have this wrong mindset about traveling being only for the rich and the famous. While that may still be true for some of us, in our recent trip to Bacolod City, my perspective about what traveling is all about had been challenged. I found that traveling could give lots of benefits (physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually) more than what our minds could ever think of.

In this blog, I’m going to share with you 5 reasons why traveling once in a while is essential in life.

Get the healing you need

I’ve had the privileged to talk to a few people about how traveling has healed them emotionally. Sometimes, healing happens when one is willing to step back from the daily grind of life, and just be in faith to go to places and do certain activities that could restore oneself from every hurtful thing that had happened.

I believe that everyone had experienced pain in various forms – whether that be rejection or a certain issue in life – which have led me to thinking that anyone could be subject to all sorts of healing process . And sometimes when we think that “time heals all wounds,” we find ourselves still clingy onto some tiny bits of pieces that were left hanging all along from the previous painful memory that we thought we have already gotten over with.

What I am trying to say is that, when there’s a need to get healed, we need to be healed FULLY, so that when certain situations come up that would enable us to remember what happened again, we’d come out no longer as affected as before.

Traveling works wonder by opening doors for you to think about brighter ideas and new insights that might be helpful for your recovery process. The amusements, iconic places, delicious foods, the friendly and welcoming people, and activities shared in one trip have the potential to uplift even the most downcast of all. It starts when you begin to see situations in a different perspective and work them out better than before.

Learning new & wonderful insights

I personally believe that traveling is educational in one way or another. Especially when you visit historical sites, you get to discover a lot of valuable information & life’s important lessons that you would have not possibly known hadn’t you decided to take a break for awhile.

These information could be vital, if not inspirational, to whatever decisions you might be making back home.

Refreshments for the mind

A friend of mine once said that traveling is good for the mind just as listening to music is good for the soul. Over the years, I’ve held on to that phrase because, whether you believe it or not, I’ve experienced it myself. It is good for the mind because it refreshes it.

In our recent trip to Bacolod, a lot of the things that we did and talked about during our stay have created a significant impact to the way I think and handle things now. And with that, I am truly grateful that we took the trip, regardless of the long drive we’ve had. I came home so refreshed, and for me, it was all I ever needed during that time.

Destressing yourself

This is what I love the most about traveling once in a while. I know for a fact that stress is inevitable, regardless of who you are and whatever sort of abilities you have. And I also know that stress kills! Scientifically speaking, stress is known as one of the major root causes of all health problems. Therefore, it should be managed well.

While there are different ways to manage stress, I personally believe that traveling is one of the best ways to do it. Traveling relaxes the mind and removes you off of tension.

Enjoying life

As you have noticed, more and more people have been investing in travel tours these days. The reason? Their strong urge to find enjoyment in life.

I mean, who wouldn’t with all that’s been happening, at home, in the office, and in our economy? If you want to enjoy, have peace of mind, experience serenity in a different environment, be intimate with the Lord and your loved ones, & be merry with people from different walks of life, then don’t ever think twice about traveling once in a while.

Life is too short to be wasted on lots of negativeness.

Now that you know the many wonderful benefits of traveling once in a while, I know that it still doesn’t change the fact that it is costly. That is why on my next blog, I am going to share with you some helpful tips on how to travel on a budget.