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September 28, 2011

I recently moved out-of-state and started a new job.  It has been a busy transition and I'd like to apologize to any of my regular readers for my inconsistency in posting.  My plan is to start my regular postings on Mondays and Thursdays.

This is my first time teaching full time since my kids were born.  My worry is that my parenting will suffer now that I am working.   The other day my daughters didn't want to eat their broccoli.  I was so tired I almost just let it go.  Will one day without veggies hurt them?  Maybe not but it will throw off my consistency in making them eat a balanced meal.   Instead of forcing them to eat broccoli, I told them to imagine the broccoli as trees.  My sister chimed in that the kids could pretend they are giraffes eating leaves off a tree.  My children, niece and nephew all begged us to hold  the broccoli up in the air while they stretched their necks to reach the leaves.   I'm sure you can imagine the children wanted to continue eating broccoli and they each ate three full servings of broccoli.  Amazing that such a simple activity could motivate children to do what you want them to do.

Comments: 5

angela (October 12, 2011)

VERY TRUE!  Sometimes kids just need a little interaction from adults to get them to eat their food.  When I notice that my kids aren’t eating, I scoop up some food and pretend that it is an airplane full of passengers and their mouth is the airport where the plane needs to land.  It gets them eating every time!!  Also, they never seem to get too old for it:)

jason (December 31, 2011)

I wish that you will be happy there, I know that starting a new job is hard for everyone, but I believe that you will be better off.  Jason

David Poul (July 17, 2012)

It is absolutely true that to look after the kids is very difficult. Kids are soft mind so you should listen what they want. Then you tell the kids politely to do the work. I think it is a best way to manage the kids. Thanks:)
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