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Let me be very honest, it is very little I know about Halloween. But from whatever I have read, the following is my understanding of the festival.
Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is believed it was originated during the ancient celtic festival of Samhain, where people would lightt bonfires and wear spooky costumes to ward off the evil.
Whereas we in India celebrate diwali to mark the return of Lord Ram along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman from their 14 year long exile in the forest as well as celebrating victory over Ravana.
With such two different thought processes, two different origins, becoming a part of the festival may seem weired but the good part is one can gain some knowledge and learn about the culture and festivals. So I am here sharing some tips to celebrate halloween with Kids in India
TIP 1 Host a Halloween Play Date at home
This can be a lot of hardwork, but can be one of the most fun way of celebrating the festival. Deck up your house with Halloween decorations like fake cobwebs, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins, hanging skeletons and more. Plan your food and drinks in Halloween style with eateries shaped like monsters, cupcakes oozing out blood-coloured jam. And the most important plan some fun engaging Halloween activities for kids and enjoy the madness. If you cant host a party go to the ones that are organised for the kids
TIP 2 PARTICIPATE IN HALLOWEEN COMPETITIONS
There are various competitions organised for kids like Halloween Fancy Dress Costume, Halloween Drama etc. make your kids a part of those so they will learn more above it and also get your creative minds ticking. This will lead to more research, more knowledge and more enjoyment.
TIP 3 CREATE A HALLOWEEN BOOK READING and ACTIVITY CLUB
Create a club with mommies residing nearby wherein every mom will read out a hallloween story and conduct activities 3 times a week. Kids can also exchange books with each other and have some fun . It would be advisable to have this club for 15-20 days and ensure kids can take the most out of it
TIP 4 CREATE A HALLOWEEN THEME BRUNCH WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE
If you like experimenting with food then this can be the time. Just wear on your chef hat along with the little one and make some pumpkin enriched meals for your family. You can also try out your hands on Foodart like me and make normal meal times fun for kids.
TIP 5 TAKE A HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE
Plan an offbeat trip like camping with your little one or going to resorts near the forest. Make tents, light a bonfire and enjoy hot chocolate along with toasted marshmallows or savor spicy treats. Play games to make it a more thrilling Halloween night. The eerie sounds of the jungle and the insects will surely add the drama for a perfect Halloween ambiance.
Hope you enjoyed these 5 tips to celebrate halloween with kids in India. And incase you like the foodart too visit my instagram page to know what indian ingredients i have used to make this foodart and i am sure you will be a little surprised afte rall its diwali time too !!
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I always keep talking about how important it is to feed healthy home cooked meals to our children. In the era of Internet, TV, Social media it is easier to google out various kinds of healthy recipes, the right diet for your children, types of activities etc we can do for their development. As parents we all wish our kids stay away from any kind of lifestyle disease which is so common in this fast pace world. And we can achieve it, if we adopt some of the beautiful practices we followed during our childhood and prepare the next generation. This is one of the way we give our children to live and lead a healthy lifestyle. So without wasting much of time, here i am sharing 7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy .
7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy
1. Following an Exercise Routine
We should encourage our kids to exercise and make it a part of their daily routine. And when i mean exercise it can be anything from dancing to aerobics to zumba or even activities like cleaning cupboards at home to playing high energy games or following a sports of your choice. And this can be achieved if we too follow an exercise routine. At the end kids are inspired from us aren’t they ? A simple exercise routine make the bones and muscle stronger and helps to avoid various lifestyle disease.
2. Outdoor Play
These days children are hooked to mobile screen, TV, laptops etc. Hence as a parent you need to make it a compulsion to have a define outdoor play time inspite of the burden and stress of homeworks, studies etc. Outdoor play helps kids to improve their health, learning capabilities, stress buster for them too, improves social skills, generates curiosity to explore around etc.
3. Eating breakfast
Breakfast is fuel to convert food into energy. And when metabolism gets moving, body starts burning calories and you can maintain a healthy weight. Moreover breakfast also acts as a brain booster to help kids improve their attention span and concentration. I have shared a complete different article on why breakfast important for kids, you can check the same here
4. Teach kids to CHEW
Do you remember we were told to chew food 32 times ? Do we follow it ? Most of us not. But before you teach the kids I would tell you start doing yourself and you will yourself realize the difference. When you chew food well, the gut health is automatically taken care of. The food does not feel heavy to the stomach and one will rarely face issues like bloating, acidity etc just by learning the art of chewing food well.
5. Say No to Cold Water
Teach kids about the importance of drinking warm water from time to time in a defined manner. Warm Water breaks down the accumulated fats deposits and ensures better stomach health. Kids should be taught to take a break from the activity they are doing, sit down, drink water and resume the activity thereafter.
6. Avoid Overeating
Choose quality over quantity. Don’t push your child to complete the meal on the plate. Let him/her decide the quantity he/she needs to fulfill is hunger. By pushing food you are teaching him what is overeating and the kid may develop the habit of over eating in the long run. You can also check a special post i have written on 10 mistakes parents make while feeding their kids here
7. Gadget free Eating
Do I need to talk about this ? Most of the parents complain about their kids viewing TV’s/ Mobile and then only wanting to eat food. Well, aren’t we responsible for it. Make meal time a fun bonding sessions with your kids, sit together, talk about the day, laugh, infact discuss your problems with them and tell them to give solutions too. Make it a family bonding time and I bet they will never want gadgets while eating
These are some 7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy which we must implement for our kids and their better lifestyle. Kids are like clay, they way you mould them,they take the shape. So try to inculcate these habit to make them healthy and smart children of India
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A picky eater or a toddler who refuses to consume the food can be very frustrating for a parent. Being a parent you might have googled out of town for solutions, seemed advice from fellow mom, taken suggestion from your peers and yet you could find the result being the same. And I understand this completely because there are days where I see my lo is on hunger strike and I wonder how to offer food to him. I do have thoughts of giving junk too as long as a morsel goes in his mouth. But I guess the answer lies in our attitude. Yes you read it right, the way we behave has affects on a childs mind, body and soul and here are these 10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their Kids that should be avoided.
MISTAKE 1. FORCE FEEDING
If you think forcing your kid to eat food will teach him to accept food then you are wrong. It is going to back fire really bad because he will start disliking meal time. My lo once did not eat any grain for 3 days because I was upset he was not eating and I forced him to eat khichdi and it became worse.
Solution : Don’t make a fuss about it. Leave the food with him and let him explore. If he is hungry he will have it or not take anything in his mouth. One meal rejected does not mean your child will be starving throughout the day.
MISTAKE 2 : NO MEAL PLANNING
Parents most of the time fall into the trap of short order cooking. This is basically out of fear that the child will reject the meal and ultimately they will have to offer something else. However, cooking on demand sends a wrong message.
Solution : Plan a meal where the kid can see at least one of his favorite food in it. He may not complete the entire plate but definitely will explore all the food you have served. Say for example your kid loves Dal rice. Try and make Palak Dal rice and get him to love greens
MISTAKE 3 : FINISHING THE PLATE
We were taught since childhood how important it is to not waste and finish off every bite in the plate. And since it is reinforced in our mind we expect a toddler to do the same.
Solution : Keep targets that will help you to help your child love food. Aim for 1 tbsp as per the age of the child for each dish that needs to be completed. Say for example a 2 year old should complete 2 tbsp of veggies, 2 tbsp of Dal, 2 tbsp of salad, 2 tbsp of rice etc and be satisfied with it.
MISTAKE 4 : IGNORING YOUR KIDS TASTE PREFERENCE
It is a surprising fact that toddlers have more taste buds than we do. So what may seem less spicy or less salty for us would be too spicy or too salty for them. I had not fed my lo salt till one year of age after I introduced our food he could not adjust to our salt consumption and hence rejected food. It took me a lot of time to understand his behavior but that’s when I realized he has his own taste buds too
Solution : Try and understand their taste preference. And the weird part is they keep changing their taste pallet depending on season, teething times, growth etc. Keep a check on their taste requirements and cook food matching their taste-buds
MISTAKE 5 : GIVING UP TOO SOON
Don’t assume that if a child rejected a food once, that he or she will never like it again. It takes about 20 times of exposing the child to one food to get them to like it. Do not remove the food from the child’s diet.
Solution : keep introducing the food time to time say every 20 days and allow him to explore. He may spit it out or may choose to eat it and make us feel lucky.
Kiaan never liked mangoes when the season started but when we had the last stash of mangoes before the rain began he ate it in a jiffy and we felt lucky.
MISTAKE 6 : FEEDING INAPPROPRIATE SNACK
Snack time is in a way a fun playtime that helps to improve the growth of the child. Instead of offering biscuits, candies or fried foods that are high in calories, give them to munch something nutritious
Solution : Plan out your snacks in advance on what interval you will offer fruits, proteins, dairy products etc and stick to it.
MISTAKE 7 : USING FOOD TO REWARD
It’s very much a parental attribute to reward a child for eating well. And rewards are generally in form of sugar loaded sweets or junk food because let’s face it, who does not like junk! Well it’s a big No No to reward a child to eat healthy. Eating healthy is not an accomplishment but a habit that we have to inculcate
Solution : Don’t reward your child for completing veggies. Always reward a child for good behavior and with non food products like a trip to park, bubble bath etc
MISTAKE 8 : BRIBING YOUR CHILD
Don’t you tell your kids, we will eat pizza on a Sunday only if you complete your veggies today or this week etc. It’s a wrong methodology to teach your child to eat. In fact the demands will keep increasing an there is never an end to it
Solution : follow the 80:20 rule in the house. Everyday serve 80% healthy meal and give into your child’s demand once a day. The idea is he needs to understand between good and junk. He will eventually understand the difference and not create a fuss or demand unhealthy food. On the contrary, he will be satisfied and you never know,he may surprise you by saying NO he does not want to eat the sweet and opt for healthy food.
So for example, if he demands a sweet after completing his meal than give it to him and let him feel good about it. But dont make it an everyday thing. You need to balance out when to say a yes or a no.
MISTAKE 9 : EATING INAPPROPRIATE IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILD
Most of the Parents tell kids not to eat junk but eat in front of them. You are setting a wrong example and the kid is ultimately going to throw a tantrum.
Solution : If you don’t want your kid to eat fatty food like chips, jams etc then you yourself say goodbye to it and stop getting it home. When you don’t have it in your kitchen shelf there is no question of tantrums taking place
MAKE 10 : EATING MEALS IN FRONT OF TV/MOBILE
I guess this one tops the list. Every person, a kid or an adult browses the phone or watches TV while eating. I won’t get into how harmful it is but we all are servants to digital media these days.
Solution : Meal time is a Gadget Detox time and all you have to do is laugh, play and enjoy good food with each other. So talk to them, sing rhymes and have some conversations.
So these were some 10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their kids. You can be a smart parent and start working on your mistakes and make meal time fun rather than stressful. And also if you like this article you are to like my foodarts which i make for fussy eaters and i hope that can help you in plating food creatively for your child so he/she consumes the meal in a jiffy.
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