So next time you are passing a brewery with your kids and wishing you could check it out, stop on in and see if it's family friendly. Oh, and if you have little ones, don't forget your Ergo!
Hey Guys! So a little while back, I discovered these awesome placemats and bowls for kids. They are made by EZ PZ (you may recognize them from the show Shark Tank) and since purchasing them, our old plastic kids plates and bowls have been in the back of our cabinets collecting dust. These are completely microwavable, dishwasher safe, and they suction to the table! (TAKE THAT BOWL DUMPING TODDLER!) After purchasing the original large size, I immediately went to amazon to find the other sizes that they offered. They have bowls, full size placemats, and smaller trays (perfect for babies because they fit perfectly on the highchair trays.) My son is one of those kids that has to have every piece of food separated in its own little spot, so he loves these just as much as I do.
Of course my little man had to flash me the most heartwrenching smile all while saying "cheeeeese"; distracting me from taking photos. He loves modeling for Mama, especially if it involves Mac & Cheese.
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Hi Kids Co. is a print shop based in Dallas, TX providing art prints for kid's rooms, nurseries, and now offering children's T-shirts. All prints are printed in-house using acid-free, lignin-free fine art papers & archival ink. Hi Kids Co. have a very simple, yet playful style perfect for any kids room. We are in the process of styling Cal's big boy room ( I know, I can't believe how fast it goes!) and we found the perfect print. Not only does Cal LOVE dogs, he's also obsessed with super hero's. DOG SUPER HERO FOR THE WIN! Cal picked out the ice cream t-shirt, the only problem is he won't stop asking for ice cream whenever he wears it. Which if it were up to him would be every day. Another thing that I love about this company is that they are super affordable AND offer free shipping. (on orders over $35) I'm really excited to have found Hi Kids Co.
I've got some tips on How To Reason With Your Toddler. Sometimes it's not so easy when it comes to reasoning with a stubborn little human being. If you can't tell, I clearly have some experience in this department. My son is a very strong willed little man. It has taken a lot of time and patience in the last couple years and finally I feel like I have come to a point where I am able to sway situations in my favor; most of the time. Of course, anything I ask of him is an astounding, NO! But we have come a long way.
GIVE THEM CHOICES
Things have gotten easier once I started giving my son some choices. He knows that if he refuses to do something, say, eat his vegetables or go potty when I ask, he can choose to go to bed instead. You can use time out, bed time, or anything they would rather not do as your other choice. By doing this, it makes them feel in control because they chose the latter. It's when they say, "Okay, Nunight Mama" is when you're really screwed. If this happens, follow through and then go get them after a few minutes. (This is a trick I was taught by my awesome sister in law. She's got some great ideas up her sleeve. Check her out!)
Most times, toddlers just want to do what they want. If you explain to them why they can't do something, it might make them understand a bit better. Toddlers are like little sponges, they remember pretty much EVERYTHING! If you make it a habit to explain things in a way they can understand, they may stop asking to do things they shouldn't. Or not. It's a toss up.
If the top two don't help, redirecting your toddler usually works wonders. For example, we go to Target A LOT. Literally every time we walk through those big red doors, my son starts chanting "CAKE POP, CAKE POP, CAKE POP" while pointing at Starbucks. He slowly but surely gets louder and louder until a tantrum is moments from happening. Now, I'm totally not against cake pops; however, if we indulge in one, I know nap time is out the window for the day. And that's not cool. So, instead of giving in, I will redirect him into helping me pick out a snack or maybe even a little toy that he can have. At the moment, he's obsessed with Disneys Tsum Tsum's. You know, the ones that look like hamster shaped Disney characters? That's my go-to redirection, and for now, it works like a charm. For the low cost of $2.99, and the fact that it keeps him occupied and happy for my entire shopping trip, I call it a MOM WIN!
Unfortunately, there are those days that your toddler will not be down for any of these tricks up your sleeve and it will eventually turn into a time out. If you're out in public, although it's totally a pain in the butt, pick up your little one and explain to them that they have to leave because of their behavior. Bring them to the car and buckle them in until they calm down and explain that they are in time out. Revert back to my first piece of advice and give them the choice of going home or returning back to the store. Hopefully they don't choose home, because then you're screwed! ;-p
Combining all of these tips will be most effective for you. Good Luck Messy Haired Moms, and May the odds be ever in your favor.
- Be More Present a.k.a PUT THE CELL PHONE DOWN. This is my number one because it’s something I have such a hard time doing. Whether it’s reading emails, or catching up on texts, or scrolling through social media. Whatever it is, it’s taking away from time from your little ones. This is time you will never get back. Use it wisely!
Here’s what you’ll need: