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Waliki “Benny the Bull” Review & Giveaway

December 19th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

 

Upon receipt of the blue “Benny’s“, as my kids soon named them, our house was immediately a lot busier and noisier! All of the kids’ energy that has been bottled up since early November when the weather turned cold suddenly had an outlet. They soon set up a race track that looped around the kitchen, into the living room, and back again. The “Benny’s” may be more suited to be an outdoor toy, as the quality seems high and like it would hold up on a garage floor or concrete. The horns double as handles, which makes for easy steering.

As with most new toys, the “Benny’s” the bull, accompanied each boy to bed time they were in our house. Although a little large and uncomfortable looking to mom, they used them as pillows for awhile :)

The sizing seemed inconsistent, as one “Benny” seemed larger than the other, although similar looking in every other way. My oldest son thought it looked like a movie star, with its sunglasses and white stars imprinted on its side.

If there was a downfall, I would only say that my oldest seemed a little big to play on it. (He’s an average sized 5 year old.) His knees came up to his chest when he hopped. I will say, however, that he didn’t complain :)

I would recommend playing with the Benny’s. They seem durable and are kind of cute all on their own. They are a version of a hippity hop, although probably easier to use because of the way they are designed – with the handles on front, instead of one handle on the very top of a round ball.

Be sure to tell your kids not to pull the plug that keeps the air in, as it makes for an impromptu refill session. Maybe a piece of duct tape over the air plug would do the trick? The Benny’s do come with their own air pump for convenience.

I would highly suggest adding this to your little one’s Christmas list!   And for one lucky person – you can have one of these free because Waliki Toys is hosting this week’s Win it Wednesday!  For your chance to win your own Benny (ARV $44.99) just do the following…..

For an entry into this week’s drawing – let us know if your little ones are experiencing cabin fever yet!

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Giveaway ends 12/20/12 at 11:59 p.m. CST!

 

 

 

 

Bum Boosa Review & Giveaway

October 10th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

Diaper wipes.  If you have an infant you probably use them about 10 times a day (at each diaper change) and if you have a toddler like me you probably use them about 50 times a day.  As Myles has gotten older I have realized that diaper wipes aren’t just good for diaper changes!  I keep packs of them in my purse, in the car, in the bathroom, under the couch, pretty much in every room of the house.  They are great for a quick “washing” of the face (which he appreciates more than mom spit), getting boogies off fingers, and wiping up spills.

So when I was given the opportunity to try a new type of baby wipe – I jumped at the chance, especially when I found out they were a “green” option (anyone who knows me knows that this is right up my alley).

 

Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes are made using renewable bamboo and contain nourishing plant-based ingredients.  Aloe Vera, Calendula extract, and pure essential oils of lavender and sweet orange come together to lend their botanical intelligence long recognized in schools of natural health.  They are alcohol, paraben, and sulfate free.  As an added bonus, they are made in the U.S.A. at a facility using 100% renewable energy.  Plus, they were developed by a mom and are never tested on animals. And even more awesome – they participate in Trees for the Future, and each package purchased represents a tree planted. So hearing all this background on the wipes- I couldn’t wait for them to arrive.

My first reaction was that they were super strong smelling of lavender (they definitely don’t skip on the essential oils!)  They are thin but still very strong and absorbent; I didn’t have to use anymore wipes than I typically do when I use the thick kind I usually get fromHuggies.  I feel confident that they are a good choice for Myle’s bum and for all the other little things that I use wipes for.

I loved them so much that I shared them with Myle’s classroom at Behaven Kids and the teachers loved them just as much!

We want to thank Bum Boosa for giving Behaven Kids the opportunity to try out these products….

And lucky for you guys – Bum Boosa has offered a 3 pack of wipes for one lucky reader!  To enter, just let us know what brand of wipes you use right now.

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Giveaway ends 10/11/12 at 11:59 p.m. CST!

Congrats to Rachel T. this week’s winner!

Is TV a Necessity?

August 15th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

Growing up I don’t remember watching much TV – I don’t ever remember watching cartoons (although I remember that my brother did – mostly Ninja Turtles and Sesame Street).   I’m guessing that’s because I was the oldest and my brother is 3 years younger than me – so my mom had plenty of time to read me books, play games, etc.   I most certainly can say that I was never just plopped down in front of the TV and left on my own.  And the TV was NEVER on during the day (my mom was a stay at home mom) – the TV didn’t go on until after 7.

As the years passed, TV slowly made its way into my activities but it was still something of a rarity.  We had chores to do each week that we earned money for and then we could turn that money in for TV time.  Not much TV time could be earned because the chores didn’t pay that well =) All I really remember watching when I was little was Full House on Tuesday nights and TGIF on Friday nights.  I still remember the excitement on those nights!

We did end up getting cable when I was a sophomore or junior in high school but by then I was too busy to watch TV – sports took up my time and by the time I got home there was usually only time for homework and bed.

I will admit that I love TV now though, when I went to college and had a TV in my room for the first time, I would stay awake until 2 or 3 watching TV Land! It’s something that I work on avoiding now – I try to never just sit and watch TV anymore – if I want to watch it, I do other things during like fold laundry, etc so I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time.

As for the boys, I’ve always made a conscious effort to limit the amount of TV that they watch.   We have one working TV in the house and we don’t have cable.  We only have Netflix for 2 reasons – one it is a hell of a lot cheaper than cable and two, I can control what the boys watch easier.  No longer am I begged to buy the newest toy or sugary treat – because they don’t see ads for them anymore!  Myles is only allowed to watch educational shows like Barney and Reece is allowed about the same (although he loves to sneak Power Rangers in there).  The TV is only on ½ hour a day (if at all), although we do pizza and a movie on Friday nights.

What do the TV rules look like in your house?  Is it on all day?  Do you even own one?  Can the kids watch whatever they want?  Do you watch your “adult” shows when they are in the same room?

Comment with an answer to any of the above questions and you will be entered to win 2 months of free Netflix! You can watch it on your computer, iPad, smart phone, or stream it through a Wii, etc.

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Giveaway ends 8/16/12 at 11:59 p.m. CST!

Congrats to Amy Z. – this week’s winner!

Snackin It!

August 8th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

If you’ve followed my blogs in the past, you know how important providing healthy snacks to my family is to me.  There are so many different choices out there and I am always conscious about what foods they are putting into their bodies.

Recently I explained it to a friend in this way - if you have a nice car, you only put premium gas in it right?  Isn’t your body worth more than a car? So shouldn’t you always be striving to put only the best things into it?

Now don’t get me wrong – I occasionally give the boys a french fry or a piece of candy – but that is not the norm in my house.  I always look for the least processed option, with the most natural ingredients, organic, and local if possible.  And I avoid fake sugars and artificial dyes at all costs.

When they are at home, they have no problem eating whatever I provide them – be it fresh guacamole or a fruit salad but where I find we run into issues is when we are out with friends.  Reece has started to want the same foods that his friends have – if they have a ho-ho, he wonders why he can’t have one too.  He grasps the difference between healthy foods and junk foods but still doesn’t quite understand why junk food is so bad.  I don’t want to place importance on weight (i.e. junk food will make you fat) so I often respond with that healthy foods will help him run faster, jump higher, and do better in school.  Some days he is satisfied with those answers but others those words mean little to him.  He just wants to have snacks like his friends – not a bag of carrots!

So I’ve started looking for snacks that will appease him, yet leave me feeling confident that I am still providing him with a healthy choice.  I’ve found a few good options that I keep a stock of at the house, my favorite being Pirate’s Booty.  I first found them at Whole Foods but in the last few months, I’ve noticed them popping up at my local grocery stores, Targets, etc.   They are baked rice and corn puffs, that are all natural, and gluten & trans fat free.  My boys can’t get enough of them – they come in “chip” bags (so they think they are getting chips like their friends) and they are yummy!! Yummy factor is important as I realized one day when Reece was happily eating an all natural popsicle and offered one to the neighbor girl – her face turned and I got a big “ick” – and wouldn’t you know it – Reece no longer wanted those popsicles.  He wanted ones that his friends would want to eat with him (to be honest though, they were pretty nasty – I’m surprised he even ate them!)

I always keep Pirate’s Booty on hand now (although I have to hide the supply because otherwise it will be gone in a day!)  and am so happy that the company decided to partner with us for Win it Wednesday!!  They provided us a big supply of my personal favorite flavor - Aged White Cheddar.  I can pronounce each ingredient and each 1 oz bag has only 130 calories! So not only is it a great snack for the boys, I’ve been known to sneak some out of the bag when they aren’t looking =)

We will pick THREE winners this week!!  For your chance to win some of this yummy stuff (think school lunches, after school snacks, emergency car snack) – comment below with your child’s favorite snack food.

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Giveaway ends 8/9/12 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Winners!!

Erin “Busymom”; CA

Susan S; FL

Laurie E; MS

Ah the Routine of it…

July 25th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

 

It’s approaching too fast!! The end of summer and the beginning of…the school year!  Although there have been a few days this summer where I longed for the routine of the school  year, overall I am still dreading it a little bit.  I will be the first one to admit that I’m not the most organized of people…shocker right?!  I’ve always described my mind like a big bulletin board with sticky notes everywhere and piles of paper pinned up and falling off – I know where everything is and what needs to be done but sometimes it gets lost in the mess.  This year my goal is to become a bit more organized though, as I’ve heard it can do wonders for your sanity.

If you caught the WOWT midday news today, Behaven Kids founder, Janie Peterson gave some great tips for getting ready for the school year.  One of the best (in my opinion) is practicing the morning and night routines ahead of time.  In the past, I have wanted to stay on the summer schedule as long as possible and then Reece just got thrust into school schedule at the last possible moment.  He’s always done okay with it but it’s probably put a little undue stress on him.

Earlier this year, I wrote about the morning schedule that I had Reece on and I think we will implement it again this school year; we will just start it a little earlier.  With him going to a summer program this summer – we sort of kept the routine but it wasn’t as strict as during the school year.  Here is the sample of what will be on his morning list:

1)      Put dirty pajamas in hamper

2)      Take a shower (wash body & hair)

3)      Put on clothes (socks, underwear, shorts, shirt, & shoes)

4)       Eat breakfast

5)      Put dirty dishes in sink

6)      Brush teeth

When he is done with his list – he will be able to watch some Netflix or play with his toys until it is time to leave for school.  It’s the same exact list as we did last school year, so hopefully with some practice he will fall right back into it.

I will be implementing the same type of list for bedtime – here is our sample:

1)      Put back pack by door

2)      Pick out clothes for tomorrow morning

3)      Put dirty clothes in hamper.

4)      Put on pajamas

5)      Eat vitamins

6)      Brush teeth

7)      Read The Sleep Fairy

I’m adding two additional steps to his nighttime routine this year – the backpack by the door and the clothing for the next morning.  When I thought back on the last year, those seemed to be the biggest things that tripped us up – we couldn’t find his backpack or we would realize he didn’t have matching socks, couldn’t find his shoes, etc!

I think I will implement these routines about a week before school starts (I’m going to let him have a little more summer fun) but I will be moving his bedtime back within the next week or so.  Last school year Reece was in bed at 7:30 p.m. and woke up at 7 a.m.  I plan on keeping the same schedule this year.  I don’t think I will have him go to bed at 7:30 yet but I will move it back by 10 minutes or so each couple of days, getting to 7:30 the week before school.

Do you have any suggestions for my routines? Am I asking for him to do too much on his own? Or having him do too little? (Should I make him vacuum in the morning too?) =)

And as always, it’s Win it Wednesday  and I’m giving something away!  This week one of you lucky readers will receive a gift card to Target to help with your Back to School list!  All you need to do is tell me  (below or on the Win it Wednesday status update on Facebook) how old your child is and their bedtime (if you don’t have a child – just tell me I’m pretty!) =)

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Contest ends 7/26/12 at 11:59 p.m. CST!

Congrats to our winner Mary C.!

The Sleep Fairy

July 18th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

 

Over the summer, our bedtime routine got thrown off.  During the school year, Reece has a very strict 7:30 bedtime – otherwise there will be hell to pay in the morning.  He needs as close to 12 hours as possible to be able to focus at school but I knew that we would approach some issues with an early bedtime once school was over.  In years past – summer bedtimes have kind of been a free-for-all, with no set time to getting up in the morning, I kind of let him stay up as late as he wants.  This summer was different though, he was going to have to get up early in the morning to go to a summer program while I went to work.  I know that he needs his sleep but I also knew it would be a battle to get him into bed when it was still light out and he could hear the neighborhood kids playing.

From early on in the summer, it  has been a battle.  We experimented with different times settling on 9-9:30 being the average time in bed – although some nights it’s later if we are out doing things and others it’s earlier if he is exhausted.  But then the trouble started with him being in bed but refusing to go to sleep or waking up in the middle of the night.

TV time is limited at my house, so Reece started getting up in the middle of the night or early, early in the morning – turning on Netflix and eating whatever foods he thought I wouldn’t have him eat later (one day he ate 5 popsicles…)  We experimented with different punishments, bribes, whatever I could think of – and we finally came up with the one thing that he wants more than getting out of bed in the morning to sneak food — outside time.  Now if he gets out of bed to watch TV and sneak food – he isn’t allowed to go outside when we get home from work.

 

We also implemented a “snack box” that holds a bunch of snack size baggies with different foods (cereal, granola bars, dried fruits, etc) that he’s allowed to eat whenever he wants.  We went from him waking up in the middle of the night and sneaking foods 6 times a week, to 1 time a week.  A huge difference!  Now he gets more sleep and I don’t have to worry about him getting a stomachache from eating too much in a rush to get it finished before I wake up.

Once we settled that issue, we were faced with the fights about staying in bed when he was going to sleep.  He was popping out of bed 10+ times during the “falling to sleep” time – he would want another hug, a drink of water, another book….I was about to go insane.  And then….I realized that I had the perfect tool at my disposal (I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it before)  Behaven Kids founder, Janie Peterson, wrote The Sleep Fairy – for these very issues!  Even though I have heard people rave about it time and again, and I know that it works with Myles at naptime at the center – I was still hesitant if it would work on an older child (Reece will be 7 next month).  Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised!  He has stayed in bed EVERY SINGLE night that we have read the book!

It’s really a very simple process all you have to do is read the story and then after they fall asleep, leave some sort of small token under their pillow.  The key is to make sure they like whatever the Sleep Fairy leaves – as I learned the first night we did it.  I fell asleep before I remembered to put something under Reece’s pillow and in the morning, I could hear him rustling in bed looking for whatever she had left him.  I knew how important it was for her to show up (especially on the very first night!!) so I went into his room and told him I’d help look while he got in the shower.  I raced into the kitchen and dug through all the drawers looking for something that he wouldn’t recognize as being ours and all I came up with was a coffee flavored hard candy – it would have to do!  I scurried back to his room and cried out that I had found it!!  Oh, he was so disappointed, he didn’t want a gross coffee candy!  So that night we wrote the Sleep Fairy a note that outlined the types of candy that he would be hoping to find in the morning.  Thankfully, Yummy Earth suckers did the trick (if you know me at all you know how much I despise giving my kinds candy but I don’t feel sooo guilty about these).

So,  I wholeheartedly back the Sleep Fairy and encourage you to try it with your kids who are having a little trouble staying in bed at night.  If they still believe in the Tooth Fairy – they are still young enough to believe in the Sleep Fairy!  I even heard Reece telling our next door neighbors about the magical fairy that brings candy if you stay in bed all night.

For this Win it Wednesday, I am going to give you the chance to win your very own copy of The Sleep Fairy book, along with a bag of my favorite Yummy Earth suckers to use as treats.  All you need to do to enter is let me know if you have ever had issues getting your child to stay in bed and the method/s (if any) you have tried to get them to stay in bed!  Comment either on this post or on the “Win it Wednesday” status update on Facebook!

 

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Contest ends 7/19/12 at 11:59 p.m. CST!

 

Congrats to our winner Elishia C.!

I Need a Little Me Time

June 27th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

Sometimes as mothers we get so overwhelmed with all the things we have to do and all the things that we are responsible for that we forget to take time for ourselves.  I know that I am most certainly guilty of this.

I started my twenties with a new baby, so it was never just me – I always had someone that I needed to take care – there was a child that was completely dependent on me.  I gave up the time that I would have normally spent learning what I liked, what things I enjoyed doing, and the things that I enjoyed doing to make sure that I could provide for him.  I have always described myself as a mother first and foremost.  My stance is that your kids are only little once and that you should enjoy all the time that you can get with them and while I still firmly believe that I have also realized that I am going to get burnt out really fast if I don’t start incorporating some “me” time into my life.

Although I cherish all the time that I spend with my boys – I have begun to realize the importance of having some time to myself.  I think most divorced or single moms can relate – we spend all day trying to please our co-workers or bosses and then we come home and it’s time to take care of the kids – there is no one else there to wash dishes while we cook, or do laundry while we give baths.  I’m not complaining – I love my life but I have just realized that I am going to get burnt out fast if I don’t make sure I’m taking care of myself.  Eventually my kids will grow up and have their own lives and I know that they won’t need me around 24/7 anymore.

So I want your suggestions on some new activities to try or things to do for myself .  Right now I spend most of my “me” time at the gym as I’m trying to get off the rest of this divorce/baby weight – but that’s not really that fun, I want to do stuff like the following that are currently on my list:

-Learn to speak Spanish

-Learn to play guitar

-Try out a new restaurant at least once a month

-Spend at least 2 evenings a month out with friends

 

So for your chance to win this week – give me a suggestion of a fun hobby that you have – something outside of the home please – I’m there enough as it is! =)


If you win….I will give you a giftcertificate to have a little pampering of your own – a pedicure!  Pedicures always perk me up and remind me that it’s important to take time for myself.

**Nail salon will be chosen after it is determined which city the winner lives in**

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Contest ends 6/28/12 at 11:59 p.m. CST!

Summer Lovin’

June 6th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

Mom, it’s my vaaaaacaaation!!” I’ve been hearing these words for the last week or so as we pull up to Behaven Kids – where I work as a Social Media Specialist and the boys go to daycare.

This is the first summer that I have ever worked full-time and I’m not sure that I love the effect that is having on the boys’ summer schedule!  I’ve been extremely lucky for the last 7 summers and have gotten to spend the majority of my time at home.  I was always in school during the summers and I just chose to take online classes so that we could spend the warm days making sunny memories.   I always dreaded my graduation for the fact that my super flexible schedule would be gone – I knew that with a real job, came real hours and less time to be at home relaxing.

So with the divorce and no other options for child care, I knew that Reece was going to have to go to daycare this summer and well, he’s not too thrilled.  Myles fortunately (or unfortunately) isn’t old enough to realize that it’s summer and that he’s not getting to spend the days playing in the backyard, selling lemonade, and splashing in the sprinklers.

I’ve struggled with accepting the fact that the boys have to be in daycare during the summer, it almost breaks my heart that they have to be.  At least they are in the same building as me but it’s still not the same thing as getting to hang out with them all day.  To make up for the fact that they don’t get to have summer fun all day – I’ve been trying to come up with exciting things to do after we get done with work for the day.

To start with, I got a pool pass for the summer and promised to take the boys swimming at least 2 days a week (hopefully more).  We also have a membership to the Children’s Museum and a couple splash pads by our house. A  week of vacation bible school.   Plus a plethora of friends’ homes to go to – the issue that I’m having is finding the time to do it all!!  I get off work at a decent time but it’s just hard to fit in fun time, gym time, dinner time, bath time, errand time, etc all in before bed (and I finish putting in my hours for the day).  Take for example last night, I was exhausted…all I wanted to do was go to bed.  Instead after work, I ran (literally ran) into the house to change clothes – hopped back into the car – went to the gym to Zumba for an hour and then had to go pick up left over garage sale supplies from a friend’s house.  That quick stop turned into a trip to the splash pad (which was closed – bummer) and then some Orange Leaf.  I kept reminding myself to concentrate on the big smiles on the boys’ faces and remember that they need these summer fun memories.  So I will continue to do the same thing every day – give them as much fun as I can muster up with the small amount of energy I have!

So in honor of our fun night at Orange Leaf – I’m going to give one of you a giftcard to your choice of Orange Leaf, Red Mango, Chocolaterie Stam, or Dairy Queen.   All you have to do is give me one suggestion of a way to add in summer fun when you have to work all day!

 

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Contest ends 6/7/12 at 11:59 p.m. CST!

Jennifer H. was the winner this week!! Congrats!

 

1 Fish, 2 Fish, 34 Fish!

May 30th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

I think I’ve mentioned before how I’m not quite the outdoorsman (outdoorswoman?).  I never have been, we used to go camping each summer and while I enjoyed vacationing with my family – I hated the actual camping part – going to the bathroom in an outhouse, dirt, bugs, and no air conditioning.  I would much rather be inside with my nose buried inside a book.  During the summer my mom used to force me to be outside for a certain amount of time each day – it just wasn’t my thing.  So in an act of humor – God blessed me with two very active little boys who love nothing more than to spend hours on end outside.

And even though there are about a million other things that I would rather do than be outside – I make an effort to make sure they have play time outside every day.  With Reece it’s not hard – he’s old enough to be in our backyard by himself (as long as I can see him through the window) but with Myles it’s a different story as he’s not even 2 yet.  There’s no alone time for him!  Thankfully, I got a nice patio set this summer and my backyard is fenced and shaded by some magnificent trees so it’s not too bad being back there.  Plus we have a plethora of outdoor toys – a swing set, a slide for Myles, teeter totter, basketball hoop, push toys, balls, bats, etc – plenty of things to keep the boys entertained.  Usually those things suffice but occasionally Reece wants bigger and better outside activities and that’s where my dad comes in.   My dad loves the outdoors and loves living in the country – so the boys have a blast whenever we go out to their house.  There are creeks to explore, weeds to navigate, and kittens to chase!

This last weekend was extra special as it was Myle’s first “real” outdoor adventure – fishing!  Unfortunately, Myles was very meek and wanted NOTHING to do with fishing.  The closest that we got was him holding a pole while sitting on my mom’s lap.  Reece on the other hand had a blast!  Not even 20 seconds into the day and he caught his first fish!  He ended up catching 14 the first day and an additional 20 the next day – 34 fish in one weekend!  (I have a feeling he will be disappointed the next time he goes fishing!)

I am thankful that I have a dad who takes the initiative to teach my boys how to fish and do other manly things.  Sometimes I’m worried that I will drop the ball on things that I didn’t even think about (the things that men typically teach their boys).  Believe me, if you are a single mom – find time to take your boys fishing, even if the thought of even smelling a fish makes you squirm, it’s worth it for them to be able to experience a real outdoor adventure.

So tell me – do you do any activities just for the sake of giving your kids the experience?  Something that you would rather not do but you do just to be a “good” parent?  Let me know in the comments or under the “Win it Wednesday” Facebook status update for a chance to win this Dora Activity Desk and Chair set (ARV $30).

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Junk Food?

May 16th, 2012 by Behaven Kids

This morning on the way to work I was listening to a morning talk show about the new HBO documentary “Weight of the Nation” on how obese our nation’s children are getting.  Currently, more than 20% of 2-5-year-olds are either overweight or obese and only 25% of US preschool children get the recommended daily servings of veggies.  These stats sadden me as healthy food for children has always been an interest of mine – I personally feel that if you only provide healthy, nutritious foods for your children and don’t even give them the option of junk you will help set them up for healthier eating habits later in life.

Where things get tricky is that what one parents deems “junk” another deems “healthy”.  Take for instance juice – most parents I know would never allow their child to have a soda but will feed them sippy cup after sippy cup of juice.  What they probably don’t realize is that the average 12 ounces of juice contains the same amount of sugar as 12 ounces of soda!  A bunch of empty calories that those little bodies don’t need!  I am thankful that when Reece was little our pediatrician told me flat out to keep juice out of his diet and that if I really wanted to give it to him to put 1/5 juice, 4/5 water in his cup.   I did the same with Myles – he actually got his first drink of juice just recently (he’s almost 2) and someone else gave it to him.  You should have seen his eyes light up! =)

I try to be careful everyday in the food choices that I make for the boys.  I buy organic and all-natural as often as I can and I always read the nutrition labels.  I only buy whole grains, avoid dyes, and look for the least processed version of whatever I’m buying. Now it’s not to say that I don’t give them junk sometimes – we all do that but I make a conscious effort to make their daily choices good.

Where it gets hard for me (as well as other parents as 60% of children spend time in early child care) is that our children are eating meals that we don’t provide for them ourselves.  Yes, we as parents have the options of sending breakfast and lunches with our children to schools (at least here in the Omaha metro) but many parents don’t have the time or the resources to do that.  Millions of children that fall below the poverty line rely on the reduced-cost or free lunches that the school, preschool, or daycare provides.  That’s where we as parents have to stand up and demand healthier lunches at schools and early childcare centers.

Look at the school lunch menu, call the school and ask to speak with the food service.  Ask them if the bread that they are serving is white or whole wheat.  Is the fruit mix they serve in water or syrup?  Obesity causes  life long problems – let’s help our children get started on the right path!

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