Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat their vegetables? I certainly do.
My daughter used to be great about trying and eating whatever ... and then she turned 2 ½. Now it is almost impossible to get him to eat anything other than corn when it comes to vegetables. So I had to come up with some fun and sometimes sneaky way to get some veggies in him. Here are some of my favorites.
1) Make a big pot of vegetable soup, and then add some fun noodle shapes. You can use the alphabet noodles or looking for some fun novelty shapes. You may find some cartoon characters, toys and sports forms etc. I even saw a pumpkin and Christmas tree shapes. With any luck your children will be too busy spelling words, or identifying forms of attention to all the vegetables they eat in the soup.
2) If you cannot make them eat them, make them drink it. Pour some vegetable juice ice and add a straw, or from celery cocktail umbrella and watch them drink up. Your children may not get as much fiber as eating whole vegetables, but get them to drink their vegetables is better than not getting any vegetables in their system.
3) Are you trying to offer them some raw vegetables with some ranch dressing to dip them in? Many children who do not care much for cooked vegetables will eat them if they are able to dip. Just grab a bag of baby carrots and cut some red and yellow peppers and cucumbers few. Arrange them on a plate with a little ranch dressing or your favorite vegetable sauce on the side.
4) Take even one step further and let them create artwork from their vegetables. Offering raw vegetables in various colors and shapes and encourage them to make a collage of vegetables on their plates. You can easily create a face using cucumber slices for eyes, nose and baby carrots as red pepper slices as the mouth. You can use watercress or shredded carrots or even some cheese as hair. Before you know it, you'll find they taste their "art supplies".
5) To get them to eat more vegetables at dinner try a little salad bar. Put out some lettuce, some sliced or chopped tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, shredded carrots, sliced red and yellow peppers, small broccoli flowerets and anything else you can think of. You can also offer them some choices when it comes to salad dressings. A favorite in our house are Ranch, Italian, Catalina and France. Above all set out a few croutons and shredded cheese.
6) Get the kid’s together and making cold vegetable pizza. Can start with crescent rolls. Unroll the dough, but do not pull apart triangular shape. Instead of pushing the seams together on a baking sheet and bake as directed on package. Let the dough sheet cool completely, then spread with cheese crème (we like the taste of the vegetables or herbs) and top with a few slices of raw vegetables. Cut into squares and serve.
7) Engage them in the kitchen, especially when it comes to cooking. Ask them to wash the vegetables, if they had enough to let them cut vegetables (under your supervision of course), let them help you stir, or whatever you can think of that would be the appropriate age. You will be amazed at how proud they are of their finished products. Believe me, they will try anything if they succeed.
8) If all else fails, hide vegetables in other foods. My mother used to make us some special orange mashed potatoes. We thought it was very luxurious, but all he did to cook some carrots with mashed potatoes and they were right there. You can also include broccoli with tomato sauce or cheese. Think of your child's plate really enjoy and sneak some vegetables there.
Give some of these ideas a try and see which one works best for your children. Keep at it and sooner or later they will begin to develop a taste for vegetables.
Are you bothered by your kids interested in reading? Maybe you have a young child who just learned to read. You try to encourage learning by reading together. However, each session of reading is a struggle. Your child shuns it as a hated veggies. Or maybe your child is able to read, but just do not want to. They even tell you straight in your face, "I hate reading."
How did it come to this? Why does your child like to read? Basically, it boils down to one thing: a love for reading has never triggered or been extinguished. Here are 8 ways to kill children love to read:
1. The reading session was more like drilling session. Do not quiz and test children when reading. It's ok to show things and ask questions to promote thinking but make sure it stays fun. Do not turn it into a teaching session pressurized. Yes, you hope that they learn something from reading but do not make your primary goal. Read to enjoy the story. Learning usually takes place when the teaching is not so clear.
2. Television, video and computer game take center stage when it comes to relaxation and entertainment. It's very distracting children from reading. There needs to be a limit to this activity if you want to convince them that the books can be entertaining as well.
3. Read books that are too difficult to read level. It is very disappointing for the children to open the book and do not know how to read a lot of words. Where there is joy when you are struggling to get through the pages? Know your child's ability to read and get the books according to their level.
4. The reading session into shouting and putting the session. Parents should hold realistic expectations of their children. Control frustrated when children do not excel as fast as you hope they will. Watch your tongue and avoid derogatory comments such as "you cannot remember the word, we just read it," or "I've said many times already. What's wrong with you?"
5. Read books that do not interest them. How children assume these books? BORING! For a young child, read a book about dinosaurs may be more appealing than reading a book about Dick and Jane. Pull your teen be read with the books that they can relate too. I know when I was that age I was game for books on love, romance, and friendship. Utilizing your child's hobbies and interests.
6. Forced reading. For older children, sometimes in the form of homework is assigned readings. Usually, a report should be brought at the end. Though this is done under good intentions, it is easy for a child to think of reading as a chore to be done. Very likely, too, read the assigned was not their choice and, therefore, not of their liking. Reading in this situation is like dragging feet in the Mud.
7. Peer pressure. This is another factor that affects older children. Children can be cruel with the brand and seductive. The term "nerd" and "weird" is usually thrown at people who enjoy the books. Your child may very well choose to avoid the book just to fit in and be one of the "cool kids."
8. Limit what children read. Imagine if you love sci-fi book but was told that you can only read the classics. What dampers will for you is not it? Will be open to what your kids want to read. You may think your child has moved past the picture-book but he wants to keep. Let him. Or you might think reading comics have less value education then read the famous novel. Remember, it is a book in their hands anyway. So, whether it be non-fiction, fiction, picture books, comic books, magazines etc. ... will support.
You want to get your child to read, you must first show that it is fun and enjoyable. Do not push too hard to get your child to learn to read or read to learn. Only when there is love to read can learn to start.