5 Types of Friends You Don’t Need In Your Life

5 Types of Friends You DON'T NEED In Your Life

Having friends, true friends can be a wonderful feeling. The bond that you create can often last a lifetime. These are the people who are there for you through the good times and the bad. They are the shoulder to cry on when you need it. And if you’ve ever had one of those nights, well they can hold your hair back as you are puking your guts out into a toilet. Read more

Boost Your Metabolism With These 10 Foods

10 Fat Burning Foods That Will Help Boost Metabolism

If you are looking for ways to boost your metabolism outside of exercise and proper sleeping habits, here are some foods that may do the trick.

Eating properly not only will help you lose or maintain weight, but it also gives you a natural energy kick, that is much healthier than the two cups of coffee you may find yourself chugging in the morning just to stay awake. Read more

In Grace

10 Ways to Build Your Confidence and Become the Woman You Were Meant to Be

10 Ways To Boost Your Self Confidence And Become The Woman You Were Meant To Be

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”-Maya Angelou

We all have struggled with some sort of insecurity at one time or another in our lives. While building confidence is something that many of us have had to do, it is also something that doesn’t necessarily come easily to everyone.  Even if you are struggling to build up your confidence, there are steps that you can take over time to help you become the woman that you were meant to be.

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25 Awesomely Creative Sidewalk Chalk Ideas for Kids

30 Seriously Fun Sidewalk Chalk Ideas for Kids

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Going outside with my Crayola bucket of sidewalk chalk, was always a highlight of my day as a child. I was probably one of those rare teens that even enjoyed going outside and just sitting on the pavement doodling for hours.

Now that I have kids, I have been fortunate enough to where they enjoy the same activity for hours on end. You would think that after hours every day drawing they would get bored and want to do another activity. NOPE! They have such an activity imagination that they never seem to run out ideas or things to draw. Read more

In Family

How to Improve Your Toddlers Social Skills: 5 Steps That Will Ensure Success and Decrease Stress

10 Ways To Teach Your Toddler Social Skills // www.gritsngrace.com

Whether we as adults want to believe it or not, toddlers are scared.

Wait, what?

You read that right, they have their own set of fears that we don’t often understand or even acknowledge. Many times we just chalk things up to being the ‘TWOPOCALYSPE” stage or being a “threenager” when it’s neither. I like to believe that children, especially toddlers want to love everyone and everything. From the old lady who lives on the corner to the giant python that may be lurking somewhere, it’s just in their nature to be loving, kind gentle souls.

That is until their own fears get in the way.

If you’ve ever taken your child to the park and they bring their own toy, then you know what I am talking about. There can be lots of things running through a child’s mind “are they going to ask to play with my toy?”, “is someone going to try and TAKE it from me?” or “is mom going to make me share?”. All of these things can lead to anxiety in kids and when this occurs, often times it leads to what we think of as kids having tantrums and resorting to doing things that while we think they should know better, they really don’t.

This is because toddlers don’t necessarily have all of the skills and tools they need yet to interact socially. It’s our job as parents to introduce them to our kids.

How do I help my toddler learn social skills?

1. Start early on teaching the children the words they need use in order to properly express themselves.

This may seem like a no-brainer to some, but as parents, sometimes we focus too much on their age, without realizing, hey my kid might actually understand this! Just because your child is 18 months, that doesn’t mean you can’t begin to show/teach them the proper ways to express themselves through words. While they may not be able to say them, being consistent with it, will not only help them to remember this is what they are supposed to do when they get upset, but it will also increase their vocabulary. Which is a win/win.

2. Don’t force them to share.

Personally, I have always thought telling kids not to share is a bit ridiculous.  But after actually sitting back and thinking about how this affects kids overall, I have realized, okay–maybe we shouldn’t force them. Kids want to feel secure knowing that they can make the decision to let someone play with their toy or another object. They don’t want to feel that every time they get something they love, that they must give it away just because another child wants it.  Try framing this as taking turns; let your child know when they are done, they have the option to let another child play with their toy. If and only if they want that to happen.

3. Don’t rush them

If you are requesting that your child takes turns, then let them decide when they are done with the toy and are ready to pass it on.  Don’t make them feel as if they should hurry up, just because someone else wants their property.

4. Patience

On the flip side, if your child is on the opposite side of this and has to wait for another child to finish, and they are having a rough time; then it would be a good idea to start teaching your child about patience. Do this by modeling good behavior and using comforting words, if they are having a major meltdown. If you’ve ever stood in line at the DMV then you know most adults don’t have patience, so we shouldn’t expect that kids act accordingly 100% of the time. Start teaching them early, so they won’t be that person we’ve all encountered standing in a line.

5. Address any signs or actions of physical aggression

We have to remember that they are toddlers. They are still learning how to expression themselves in a healthy manner. Sometimes, they may decide to get physical in the middle of their anger. While it’s important to once again empathize and let them know it’s okay to be upset, you must also remind them that it is never okay for them to put their hands on someone else, no matter how angry they are.

In Family

How To Keep Your Toddler Healthy, When You’re On The Go

Feed your toddlers this plant powered snack!

Summer is in full swing here, and as usual, it has been jam-packed with activities (and we are only a week and a half in!). Between basketball camp, golf camp and lessons, swim lessons, summer t-ball, eating healthy for our family of six would seem impossible. Moreso, making sure my toddlers are eating healthy snacks while on the go has been difficult. Read more

Quick Summer Recipes

quick summer recipes

 

Looking for a few quick and easy recipes this summer? Join us every Friday for a few meal planning tips, easy on the go breakfast ideas, and lazy dinner day recipes. Why spend your summer in the kitchen when you should be spending it with family?