Parentville Fave Five - New Year's Resolutions for Quality, Easier Living
Parentville.com is highlighting some of the things that make us feel and do our best - for family, baby and kids, too!
Don't forget that you can win a travel games pack from Peaceable Kingdom Press - Funny Faces Sticker Fun! Activity Tote (age 3+) and Get Going, America! Write & Wipe Activities Tote (age 7+) - great for any Winter trips planned to a grandparent's house. All you have to do is register by Jan. 17 with Parentville to win.
Though we've just finished traveling for the holidays, some of us may be gearing up for a trip to shake off the Winter blues. With your baby or toddler, the easiest way to get your car seat through the airport is to move it just like you do your luggage - on wheels. Attach the gogo Kidz Travelmate wheels to the back ribs of the car seat and presto, your car seat has turned into a stroller. You can pop off the wheels very easily to put the car seat through the X-ray machine.
Imagine life size blocks that store toys, books and other items, and you can move them around to create various pieces of furniture based on the ever-changing needs kids. These Via Toy Boxes are stylish and functional for a bedroom or playroom, and can form a rolling toy bin, stackable shelves, clothes hanging bar, game table, side desk, bookshelf with doll cubby, a train & car table, etc.
The Healthy Pantry lets you make gourmet meals, fast! You choose from a variety of boxed recipe kits filled with pre-measured, natural and organic ingredients that combine to create wonderful breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks. All you do is provide some of the main ingredients like meat, butter, and eggs.
Parentville had the chance to try the Pineapple Pepper Meatloaf with Brown Rice, Skillet Lasagna, Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Pancakes and Whole Grain Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, and we were impressed. Other examples include Asian Turkey Burgers with Stir Fried Brown Rice and Wild Salmon Patties with Quinoa and Veggies.
They even have kid-friendly suggestions and gluten-free, dairy-free, heart-healthy, low-sugar and vegetarian options.
Parentville received a copy of To Raise Happy Kids, Put Your Marriage First by David Code, and we were surprised by how this will help your marriage. Code recommends you take a look into your family history (and even the development of our brains) to determine what makes you tick (or get ticked off!). From here, you can learn how to change your reactions to emotional situations to get the best response from others you love.
This will in turn avoid detrimental reactions from your spouse or child, especially the type of reaction that makes your spouse pay more attention to your child than you. This then causes your child to be too emotionally attached to you. When a child is not weened properly from a parent to become independent, and when parents get overly concerned with a child, he or she can unknowingly create or exacerbate illness driven by emotional and mental instability.
Creating a healthy marriage is important for your kids to see and take cues from so they can learn to grow and develop as individuals in the healthiest manner.
We recommend this as a significant read even for a soon-to-be-married or newly-married couple so you can be prepared for what may come.
Productive Parenting is a wonderful, free, site started by mother-daughter team Emily Rempe and Susan Dineen, experts in physical therapy and childhood education. They offer hundreds of activities to do with your child to improve his/her cognitive, fine and gross motor skills. Just sign up with your child's age, and you'll start finding and receiving fabulous information from experts on their team sorted by age group, activity type and skills learned. You might even get a few chores accomplished by your little helper's learning!