This is nothing special, well to you anyway. I'm not a scrapbook type, or a baby book writer, or even a picture printer. I'm terrible at recording memories. This blog is my attempt at holding on to some of my life as a Christian, a wife, and a homeschooling Mom of 5. I am a country girl that lived in a big city for 14 years, and moved to the Deep South for quiet, quaint, small town living.
1. The ear piercing, blood curdling, alarms-the-neighbors, screaming.
2. The just as loud, but more dawn out crying.
3. The whimpering with occasional shrieks to remind you she is still there.
(My theory- this is how she conserves her energy)
4. The quiet. The attitude is not quite fixed, but the demeanor has softened to a state where communication can finally happen. Many times she does not like the communication so we start the cycle all over.
These stages can repeat each other like 1-2-1-2-3-2-3-4-1-2-3........4.
Yes, it can take a LONG time.
Can you imagine how it looks when we are not at home and strapped in a booster seat?
How does one get children to eat a variety of foods?
**Note- I am not a professional. If you don't believe it, wait until you see suggestion 3! These tactics may not work for the strongest willed child**
* We have a "try everything, finish something" policy.
Meaning, they need to take a decent bite of each kind of food, but really only need to eat all of one of those foods before they are excused, or get dessert (if we have any).
* We serve a wide variety of flavors and textures, consistently.
I like LOVE food, and I don't want to be limited to what I get to eat. Plus, I think that the more kids are exposed to flavors and textures at a young age, the more they will find they like as they get older.
(Don't look at me like that.
It is fun.)
"That food is protien (truth) and it helps build muscle (truth) and you can decide where that muscle will grow (lie, but way more fun!)."
I still crack up when George eats some chicken and declares it will make his leg, or arm, or neck muscle grow. We can fix that in health class, right?
"Yes, those (black) beans are really chocolate beans! Yum!"
Exhibit C (and a Classic)
"Carrots make you see in the dark!"
Then the kids scarf down 10 baby carrots and run to shut themselves in a closet to test out their newest superpower.
*Cater to Colors
Virginia was so excited to eat her favorite color beans.
This was EASY and no lying involved.