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Amazon Kids+

“Instead of thinking outside of the box, get rid of the box.”

In the spirit of creativity, Amazon just released new updates and parents are encouraged to take full advantage. A remake of a previously established streaming service (FreeTime Unlimited) through Amazon, now has a creative new approach. This streaming service (Amazon Kids+) now includes kid friendly audio books, videos, and apps.

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Amazon proclaims that parents will achieve peace of mind, given the control settings listed within the application including age restrictions, time limits, and profile creation. Learn more Here .

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When Your Child Says, “I’m Bored.”

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According to Dr. Vanessa LaPointe with the Huffpost, parents are advised to do nothing when their child says the infamous words, “I’m bored.”

“Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves.”-Dr. LaPointe

Another solution to curing boredom is helping your child brainstorm ideas for their next activity, rather than giving them direct answer to their situation.

Example- “Hmm, what can we play with next?”

Nested Blissfully provides tips on how to provide suggestions when those infamous words are spoken. Of those suggestions includes reducing stimulus such as screen time and noises, creating an “I’m Bored List,” and even creating and “I’m Bored Solution Jar.”

Read more: What To Do When Your Child Says I’m Bored.

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8 Breakfast Meals Kids Can Make On Their Own

For the parents with children over preschool age, grocery shopping and cooking balanced meals may seem like a never ending battle.

To ease some of the pressures and to also teach independence and cater to creativity in the kitchen, here are some simple breakfast ideas that kids can make themselves!

1. Boiled Eggs and Toast 🥚

With pre-cooked/shelled eggs, these can be an easy go to option. Your child can heat these up using a cup of water or low microwave setting. Toast can be pre-made or cooked using a toaster.

2. Instant Oatmeal

Classic! Instant oatmeal is a stable and can be prepared via microwave. Toppings (fruits, nuts, etc) can enhance the meal and allow creativity to happen.

3. Cereal 🥣

A tip to eliminate potential messes when making cereal is to pour a lesser amount of milk in a small container for easy access and pouring.

4. Frozen Waffles 🧇

Microwave ready! Also, toaster friendly WAFFLES. Once again, pouring the syrup in a smaller container for easy access and to lessen the mess goes a long way!

5. Egg Muffins

Egg muffins is a full breakfast on the go! Pre-made the night before, these can easily be placed in the microwave for a quick and delicious breakfast 🍳. For the recipe, visit Clean Food Crush.

6. Muffins

Parents can choose between pre-making homemade muffins or purchasing a package of muffins from the grocery store. This is an easy accessible breakfast that your children can independently prepare.

7. Fruit and Yogurt

Simple, creative, and fun! Fruit and yogurt can allow your child to mix and match their favorite toppings (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, nuts) Check out this Fruit and Yogurt Parfait recipe found on The Food Network.

8. Egg Wrap

Scrambled eggs, cheese and a tortilla shell! Believe it or not, scrambled eggs can be microwaved. However, pre-making the eggs the night before is also an option! Your child can get creative and garnish this dish with toppings of choice (cheese, meat, vegetables, etc) Check out this recipe on Mom on TimeOut.

Hopefully you enjoyed these quick and easy breakfast ideas! Visit 8 Lunch Meals Your Child Can Make at Home, for lunch ideas!