Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. You have the holiday stuffing, the delicious mouth watering Christmas ham, tin cans of sugar cookies and popcorn and of course the smooth and cream egg nog with a spice! There’s always that question that lingers in the air, that leaves a sour taste in my mouth as if I downed a pack of lemon heads (pick some up and you’ll thank me later!). When I am around my children I look after and even my younger nieces and nephews, it’s the most important question that every adult either skillfully avoids or gives a short and sweet answer: is Santa real? Do you believe in Santa?” BOOM!
Do you believe in having your child believe in not just Santa Claus but his reindeers, working Elfs and flying sleigh ride? Here is my truth for all of this and I will be completely blunt and honest with all of my parents, Nannies, Sitters and Dolls.
A child’s imagination is one of the most powerful things that is introduced to them through reading. We have these story books full of witches, ghosts, fairies, princesses and princes slaying dragons that stimulates the minds to think beyond the norm. Do I tell my children I believe in Santa? Not at ALL. Do I tell them he’s not real? Not at ALL. I can only speak for myself and respect the families who provide this imaginary picture for their children and keep it honest with myself. I always get different facial expressions, loud gasping and even received a “shhh! He’s watching you and hearing you say that!” Hilarious. I have never been a fan of Santa Claus and the whole North Pole circus. Seeing a child’s spirit crushed is what really gets to me because everyone has had the news broken to them about something or someone not being at all what they thought it out to be. Let me not forget to tell you that my mother came from Trinidad to the US at the age of 15 years old and was totally heartbroken to see a million Santas walking around the city. In her heart, from since a little girl; Santa was real and that was it.
As parents, I believe that you have a responsibilty to have your child understand what’s make believe and what’s reality. You also have the freedom to bite into cookies, write a pretend note from Santa and ask for a glass of milk to be waiting out for a guy that is nonexistant because, it brings that certain light into your child’s eyes. It gives them this warm feeling of joy, love and excitement for the time when being “Nice” is fully paid off and they are rewarded with the one special thing they’ve been waiting for the entire year. So you might say to yourself “let’em live a little, let their imagination run free” or you just might make it a tradition of family and loved ones sharing special gifts between one another. Whatever the case may be, keep the Christmas spirit alive and enjoy these precious moments while your children or child is young. You will never get those moments back.
Hey Dolls,Happy Monday!
I wanted to start off the week with of course FOOD! I’m pretty sure plenty of you moms, daddies and Nanny’s have seen these pouches of puree fruits and vegetables. My little doll face that I take care of is 11months, her name is Eliza and LOVES this good stuff. Best of all? There’s no mess and you can use it for breakfast, lunch, snack or even dinner. What I will say is please be careful to NEVER have the tops to these pouches just lying around. They are round, they come in different colors and may appeal to your child as a small toy. For instance, Eliza is teething HEAVILY so she is now getting her hands on any and everything and trying to put things in her mouth. What do I do? Pockets are my best friend. If I can’t get to a trash can, I put the top in my pocket, purse or my shirt pocket.
Now let’s get down to the use of these pouches that are delicious! Don’t be afraid to mix and experiment with your baby’s food. For Breakfast, I use the oatmeal cereal with some water (room temperature) and I use just a few squirts from the Pouch to mix in together with the oatmeal cereal. My favorite flavors to use for breakfast are:
-Pear, Kiwi&Kale (Fiber and Protein!)
There’s even ones with oats and a cinnamon in it but there are tons of flavors. It’s all about exploring what your baby loves and which ones taste not so great and they make the adorable funny face that we all run to get our camera phones to snap..but we usually moss the moment (damn it).
These pouches are great to throw in the baby’s bag, your purse or even school lunches..YES. These pouches are not only for babies, I have had 5 yr Olds and even up to 10 yr Olds that enjoy these as a snack, especially after an after school activity that involves sports such as swimming, basketball, football, soccer..whatever it is they are guaranteed to be Hungry. Some of you may think this is not real food and it’s not enough or not healthy because you may think puree foods lose it’s juice which has most of the vitamins your child needs. Please believe me it’s all there and if you’re still unsure? There is nothing wrong with getting out the blender and making your own and having fun in trying different foods blended together. you can find these sweet and savory treats at an organic food store or the organic section of a supermarket. There’s tons of brands I’m sure but the brand Eliza’s parents purchase are: Earth’s Best and HappyBaby. Let me know any tips you have in using these pouches or your concerns? Have you tried them? What’s your child’s favorite flavor or worst flavor? Take care guys!