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Do Your Kids Eat Their Fruits and Veggies?

June 12, 2012 by  
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by Mommy MD Guides blogger Jennifer Bright Reich

The best part of my job is the fascinating people I get to meet and work with. The second best part of my job is discovering new and exciting products—and sharing them with our readers, friends, and family. I’m pleased ot have that opportunity today! I heard about a new DVD that encourages kids to eat fruits and vegetables, Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables–and I was eager to give it a tray!

Any movie starring babies and kids captivates my sons. They were huge Baby Einsteins fans. We watched those DVDs over and over and over. My sons also love to watch home movies of themselves and their cousins. So I wasn’t surprised that they enjoyed watching Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables, which features adorable kids enjoying eating fresh foods such as sweet peppers, broccoli, avocados, strawberries, and carrots. My five-year-old son especially loved it. As we were watching, he asked, “Is there a strawberry section?” Each fruit and veggie has its own chapter on the menu, so it was easy for me to oblige and put on the strawberries chapter. As we watched it, my son said, “I should eat strawberries while we watch the strawberry section!” Never mind we just ate supper! This made me very happy because fruit is not a common between-meals request here!

When we were watching the cucumbers chapter, my son asked, “What’s that?” I’ll be buying some cucumbers at the grocery store next time so he can give them a try! Maybe they’ll be a new favorite!

Don’t miss the Outtakes, Some of them made me laugh out loud! Also, the extras section by Jay Gordon, MD, is very valuable. I love how he said, “The standard American diet is best abbreviated “SAD.” Sad, but true.

After we finished watching the DVD, I asked how my son he liked the video and he said, “I give it a 10,000!” (That’s on a scale of 1 to 10, I’m thinking.) I also found the kids in the DVD to be absolutely adorable. I appreciated that they show their names and ages onscreen because it helps to put their reactions to the fruits and vegetables into context.

I was so pleased to read that Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables is the first of the series. I look forward to the next DVD! Copy-Kids gives parents a valuable tool in their quest to get the kids to eat healthy. The kids are so engaging and happy eating their fruits and vegetables that it inspired me to eat better too!

I’ll Give You $1

April 16, 2011 by  
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My husband was understandably upset last night. While he was outside working in the yard, one of our sons had been playing with, and misplaced, a new small shovel. He and the boys had looked everywhere for it, he said, and they can’t find it. “It’s gone,” he said.

“How far could it have gone?” I thought. “It’s only been missing for a few hours–in our yard.”

So at supper, I announced, “After we eat, we’re all going outside. I’ll give whoever finds that shovel $1.”

“But I didn’t lose it,” Tyler said. “Why should I help look for it?”

“Because we are a family, and we have a problem, and we solve problems together,” Wow, where did that come from? I swear I didn’t even think those words, they just came out of my mouth as if by divine intervention. But it worked. Tyler nodded his head. It made perfect sense to him. And to me!

Turns out, Tyler was the one who had lost the shovel after all! I awarded Austin the dollar, after he found the shovel that Tyler had dropped inside of one of my husband’s two-feet-tall pair of work boots, and forgotten about!

I Love Pudding; It’s Slimy

January 14, 2011 by  
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When my older son, Tyler, was born, I bought a baby calendar and posted it on the bulletin board over my desk. Each day I tried to write a few words–either a funny thing Tyler did (or later, said), a milestone he reached, or something we did that day.

It’s amazing how hard it is to find the time to just write a few words, and as time has gone on I miss more and more days. When Austin (now three) was born, I added a second calendar to my bulletin board. After their first years, I just buy regular calendars; now I buy Disney ones, my favorite!

Now that the boys are older, more often than not, I write funny things that they say. Otherwise I’ll never remember them! Just now, I ran in here because Austin, who’s eating chocolate pudding for a snack said, “I love pudding; it’s slimy.” Earlier today, we were shopping, and Tyler called Starbucks “Starwars.” Priceless!

A Great Snack!

December 17, 2010 by  
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As a mom of two (Tyler is five, and Austin is three), I’m always on the lookout for healthy foods my kids will eat. I’m pleased to report that I found a good one!

Target sells a brand of foods called Archer Farms. Some of them are even organic–which is the trifecta of snacks–healthy, good, and pesticide free! Archer Farms makes fruit bars and fruit strips. My kids love them both, but the fruit bars are especially good because they offer quite a bit of fiber, 4 grams for example in the delicious cranberry raspberry bars. Thanks, Target!

It’s a Car Party!

December 16, 2010 by  
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My sons, Tyler (age five) and Austin (age three) are at really fun ages. Ok, I’ve probably said that at every age and every stage, but it’s true. One of my favorite things about this stage is that while both boys have very very large vocabularies and can say anything they want, they can sometimes get expressions and subtle things mixed up.

Yesterday, it snows about an inch here, right at rush hour. Austin and I drove Tyler to school, and on our way home, approaching Main Street, we could see the traffic was lined up in all directions, going nowhere, total traffic jam. From the backseat, Austin observed, “Mommy, it’s a car party!”

What a wonderful way to put it!

Smart Discipline

November 21, 2010 by  
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For the first years of my sons’ lives, my main discipline strategy was time-outs. They worked well. When my sons misbehaved, they sat for the number of minutes they were old on a white wooden bench inside our front door. They don’t like to sit still, and so time-outs were very effective.

Then one day a few weeks ago, I told one son he was going to time-out. “No, I’m not,” he calmly stated. Uh-oh.

I looked at him and realized there’s not really much I can do at this point. I can’t carry him, plop him onto the bench, hold him down, and make him take a time-out. At that moment, I knew I had to up my game. We had been starting to see some attitude problems, with talking back and defiance, and so it was time for a change.

And so I asked my husband if he was ok with starting a discipline program we learned about when Tyler (now five) was only one year old: Smart Discipline. The program was developed by Larry Koenig, and we adjusted it a bit for our family. My husband and I sat down and wrote five simple rules for our family:

  • We do what we’re asked to the first time.
  • We keep our hands to ourselves.
  • We speak kindly and politely.
  • We treat our toys and books with care.
  • We do our chores without argument 

Then we came up with three consequences–three privileges that our sons would miss if they were taken away:

  • Lose your nightly TV show pick
  • Lose your nightly small candy/cookie snack
  • Lose your opportunity to play quietly in  your room before bed and go straight to bed after bath

I made up a chart for each boy with three stars and these three privileges. When our sons break a rule, without advance warning, we cross off a star. Break another rule, lose another star. Break a third rule, lose a third star. Then when they break a rule, they start losing privileges.

As an extra incentive to do well, we added in a rule that if the boys go an entire week without losing privileges (even if they’ve lost stars), they get a dollar.

It took about a week for us all to get used to this new system. But now I’ve seen a dramatic increase in behavior. It really is smart discipline!

Get the Ice!

November 3, 2010 by  
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One of the many many things I love about my job is the chance to meet and talk with doctors. I would have loved to become a doctor, but even the thought of blood makes me weak in the knees.

And so you can imagine that when my two very active little boys get hurt, especially if there’s blood involved, I tend to panic. My husband is a firefighter, and not much makes him excited or alarmed. So when our boys had their first bumps and bruises, my husband wasn’t impressed by my propensity to panic. I made the boys more upset by getting upset myself, and I had to find a way to get it under control.

I found a great solution! When someone has a bump or cut, my husband runs to them, and I run the other way–to the refrigerator to get ice. “I’ll get the ice” I yell on the way! This way, my husband has some time to figure out what’s going on, and I have some time to take a few deep breaths.

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