We all want things. As adults, we wants things like a new car or a vacation. In order to get those things we work extra hard, invest, and save. When you’re a kid, the things you want can be limitless - what better way of getting what you want than asking mommy or daddy (or both when one gives you the answer you didn’t want to hear)?
We turned to Facebook and asked parents the most ridiculous things their kids have ever asked for. The answers range from meeting TV show characters to cooking utensils and live animals.
It used to be that every child dreamt of opening a box with a puppy peeking his head out. Well, it’s apparent that just one puppy is no longer enough for some kids...
Maybe your kids have already asked the dreaded “where do babies come from?” question, or maybe they just don’t care where their new siblings come from. Either way, when your child asks for a new brother or sister, it’s hard not to be left a little speechless.
Who doesn’t want a monster truck… or any of these other special gift requests for that matter?
We all have our idols and we’ve found out that our kids do, too. However, we’re a bit surprised by our kids’ idols...
We can only hope that our kids will grow up to be culinary geniuses and cook us only the most exquisite gourmet meals.. If their gift requests are any indication of their futures, then some of us might be luckier than others. Props to you, mamas and dads ,for showing your kids what really matters (food) so early on in life!
There you have it! The loves of our lives never cease to make us laugh. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any additions!
As exciting as this time can be, when introducing your baby to new foods, you may be concerned about food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances and that’s a very valid concern. One in four kids has food allergies and the percentages are growing. My son is one of these kids. He developed eczema early around 4 months. I knew that this wasn't just a skin condition and could be an early sign of a food allergy. My husband and I were so worried when we saw hives break out on our son’s face after eating certain foods. It wasn’t until later that we learned that he, in fact, has egg and nut allergies.
Under the guidance of the FDA, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act identifies the following eight foods as major food allergens:
Milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans
When introducing these foods, start by offering a small amount at first and watch your baby for any negative reaction. Signs include: rash, hives, gastrointestinal distress like vomiting or diarrhea, teary eyes, face or tongue swelling or difficulty breathing within a few minutes after consuming the food. Often times, a rash can simply signal a skin irritation and could be the result of sensitive skin versus a true allergy. If you feel the reaction is life threatening, seek help immediately. If you see any moderate reactions, discontinue the food and speak to your pediatrician. They most likely will refer you to a pediatric allergist. There you will be able to determine what your baby may or may not be allergic to and develop a game plan.
Fast forward a year from our first appointment, my son can now tolerate eggs in baked goods and it appears as is if his tree nut allergies have subsided. We worked hard to decrease his inflammation by feeding him nurturing foods including probiotics, bone broths, healthy fats and limiting his sugar and dairy. I’m still learning more and seeing various specialists. But everyone’s journey and experience is different and the good news is that there is much more awareness, food products, and resources for parents going through this. I work with this often in my practice and understand that parents need a game plan, some resources and ways to get creative in the kitchen!
After becoming a parent, we tend to notice the little things a lot more: our child’s precise sleep patterns, their eating habits, what their laughs and cries mean, etc. With all of these new special moments and details impacting our lives, sometimes it makes finding little moments for ourselves difficult. Below are things I look forward to doing and take complete advantage of whenever possible. Sometimes they can make a huge difference and are much more worthwhile than a night out or event planned.
Quiet mornings with no rush: I take my time to enjoy breakfast and get ready. Sometimes I even get to blow out my hair, cook a gourmet style breakfast, and try new makeup techniques.
Ordering take-out for dinner: There’s nothing like tucking into some pad thai and putting on a good movie. Just add the couch and fuzzy blanket and enjoy-- me, myself, and I.
Embracing the silence: Lying in bed while everyone is sound asleep, I love to embrace the silence while reading a book or online article.
Being active: On a nice, sunny day, I can’t get enough of the fresh air by taking a walk or riding my bike around town.
Warm baths: There’s nothing better than soaking in a warm bath. Take out those dolls and plastic dinosaur toys, add a fizzy lavender bath bomb or epsom salts, and enjoy the zen.
Binge-watching: Until becoming a parent, I never realized how much joy a good Netflix binge could bring. Catching up on shows and being able to hear every part of it without pausing or rewinding is magical!
Tasting my food: As opposed to scarfing it down while juggling ten other tasks, I love those opportunities to slow down and enjoy the meal I’ve prepared (or ordered!)
Yoga: After a long day, sneaking in even fifteen minutes of yoga before bed has unbelievable restorative powers. It allows me to check in with my body, alleviate any tense areas, and add a little bit more stillness into my world.
Reading a book to my little one: Those quiet moments where I’m seeing my child soak up a story for the first time help shift my own perspective. We could all stand to see situations from a child’s point of view from time to time, and I cherish the moments where my little one is learning and processing.
What are some little moments that bring joy to your days?