The story-teller fairy
A "we adore children" blog. A place for all parents to find a new fairy tale every week and other interesting stuff for their kids.
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Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?
-Samuel Johnson-
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Healthy Eating Tips for our Children - 2
Choose and prepare foods with less salt.

Keep the salt shaker off the table.

Have fruits and vegetables on hand for snacks instead of salty snack foods.

Involve your child in planning and preparing meals. Children may be more willing to eat the dishes they help fix.

Have family meals together and serve everyone the same thing.

posted by Ladybird @ 11:00 AM   45 comments
Healthy Eating Tips for our Children - 1
Give your child a snack or two maximum in addition to his or her three daily meals and make sure they are healthy enough, such as dried fruit, low-fat yogurt, and air-popped popcorn.

Offer your child a wide variety of foods, such as grains, vegetables and fruits, low-fat dairy products, and lean meat or beans.

Let your child decide whether and how much to eat, unless you notice that they keep eating too much, or too little.

Keep serving new foods even if your child does not eat them at first.

Cook with less fat-bake, roast, or poach foods instead of frying.

Limit the amount of added sugar in your child's diet. Choose cereals with low or no added sugar. Serve water or low-fat milk more often than sugar-sweetened sodas and fruit-flavored drinks.

posted by Ladybird @ 10:56 AM   11 comments
First day in a new school?
Is your child going to a new school?
This is something to talk about.
Encourage your child to share his or her feelings, especially after the first few days at school.
Just before the first day, talk about the excitement of starting at a new school, and discuss any concerns your child might have. Share with them similar experiences you might have had.
Don't forget to visit the school yourself in advance and take a tour. Call the school and arrange it, take your child with you if you think it could help. Help your child find their way around the school and the location of their classroom and the bathroom. If possible, meet the teacher and principal.
A very useful one: introduce you child to a classmate before the first day of school. They won't feel so alone during the cruel first day...

posted by Ladybird @ 10:50 AM   4 comments
Teaching our children to read.
Teaching our children to love reading is very important. Here are some tips to make it easier. They will thank you for ever for helping them find a true friend to turn to through their whole life: a good book.

Make it a habit. Invite a child to read with you every day.

Help the child learn that reading goes from left to right and understand that the word he or she says is the word he or she sees, by pointing word by word as you read

Read a child's favorite book over and over again. They will learn new words and memorize a story they love, which they can tell their friends later.

Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat. Invite the child to join in on these parts. Point, word by word, as he or she reads along with you.

Discuss new words and make them use their imagination. For example, "This big house is called a palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?"

Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.

Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales, song books, poems, and information books.

posted by Ladybird @ 10:40 AM   1 comments
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