What To Do When The Kid That Bites Belongs To You.

Around this time last year, I was receiving a handful of incident reports from Gia’s previous daycare concerning her biting other children. I was really frustrated and fed up so I asked my Facebook friends and family if they had any ideas on how I should help her. Some of them were:

  1. Tell her to stop biting. ( Duhh… I had been doing that.)
  2. Put her in time out. ( That doesn’t work for my baby or it’s not being used correctly at daycare.)
  3. Reward system. (Tried it.)
  4. Shadow her at school and see what’s going on. ( Her previous daycare wouldn’t allow it! That was a red flag and why I yanked her out of there.)
  5. Read books about not biting and give her a word or phrase to express her feeling. (DING DING DING! THIS WAS THE WINNER!)

I mean really! My two-year-old is a chit chatting machine and she understands very well. So that’s what did.

In the living room, near her toys, we posted a “Feelings” poster. We have been using this as an educational tool to help her express what she is feeling inside. We also checked out some books on biting and expressing our feelings.

She now has several phrases and better actions that she can use to express herself. We went over a phrase and an action for what she could do when she gets upset. I told her to put her hands up and say, “Stop it.” She utilizes this one very well, even with me, her mother! Haha! And you know what I do, most of the time, I listen. I listen because I want her to feel like she is heard and that she is important.

Therefore, my suggestion to you, the Mama with a little who is biting kids, is to give him/her a word. Give them an action that they can use instead. Correct the behavior. Don’t just spank them or yell at them and tell them not to do that. Show and tell them what to do instead. Show them that by talking and using an action, other than biting, gets the same results without hurting anyone.

Good luck!

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Loving Jesus, Gia, and Me

Valentine’s Day is dreaded by so many people, mostly single people, and that’s OK, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, on Valentine’s Day we too can celebrate love. Here’s how:

Loving Jesus 

Today make sure that you spend some time with our Savior. Let him know how much you love him. Let him know that you love him because of who he is and not just because of all of the things that he’s done. Let him know that he is the King of your heart and that he will always be the King of your heart. Take time out to praise and worship him. He alone is worthy.

Loving Your Child/ren 

Make sure that your child/ren knows that you love them. Make them a card. Take the out to a restaurant or to the park. Go to the daycare/school and have lunch with them. Whatever the case maybe, let it be done in love. Unplug from your computer and your phone and spend undivided quality time with them. Cuddle up with them to a movie and snacks and enjoy evening.

Loving Yourself

Don’t forget to show yourself some love too! For me this more than likely happen after work and after I put my child to bed. I’ll stay up a little later tonight and enjoy a warm bible bath. I’ll paint my nails and read a good book or write a little. I won’t spend too much time thinking about the guys that I dated in the past. I won’t bother thinking about the fact that I’m single. In fact, every time one of those thoughts cross my mind today, I am choosing to turn it around into something. I will thank God for my season of singleness. I will thank God for protecting me from counterfeits. I will thank God and I will praise him because he is not done with me yet.

Today, make sure that you spend time loving Jesus, your child/ren and yourself. Don’t allow yourself to get into a funk. Don’t focus on who or what you don’t have, but thank God for what you do have.

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Planning To Cook Healthy Meals

How easy is it just to buy a bag of chips or roll through the drive thru and grab your child/ren a bite to eat?

It’s SUPER EASY!

But, I bet you already know where I am going with this. Just because it’s easy, doesn’t mean that it’s right. Mama, just like anything else going on in life you have to work hard. Not that you aren’t working hard, I know that you are, but we can’t get lazy. We can’t get lazy especially when it comes to our children’s health.

*Below you will find a copy of my Weekly Meal Plan and my Grocery List.

weekly-meal-plan

For Breakfast: eggs and grits, oatmeal, thin bagels with cream cheese and apple jelly, granola, yogurt and blueberries, milk and berry smoothie, cottage cheese and crackers, and mini bagels with cream cheese.

For Lunch: she has lunch at daycare, but on the weekends she’s home with me so we had peanut butter and banana sandwich, and turkey wraps with fruit.

For Dinner, because I cook enough to usually last two days, I include 4 meals. Pasta marinara, chicken and rice and veggies, cabbage and chicken and cornbread, and veggie burgers.

For Snack: Fruit cups ( made from well rinsed canned fruit), blueberry muffins (made from the box), popcorn, oatmeal cookies (followed the recipe off of the container), apples, fruit cup, and crackers with peanut butter ( she loves peanut butter so I make my own, peanut crackers, stay tuned for the recipe).

So there it is! And as you can see, majority of what I have planned for this week is healthy.

There are so many good things that will be going into my child’s body AND my body as well. Eating healthy is not only important for her health, but it is also important for her development.

*Interested in having a blank copy of my Weekly Meal Plan and Grocery List? Click here to download. When printing make sure that you click on “scale to fit page” so that nothing gets cut off.