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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.

  • Tips to Preventing Excessive Screen Time

    Excessive screen time has always been a major concern for children. With the turn of events this year, the amount of screen time has increased due to the need to maintain safety through social distancing and quarantining. This increase in technology use has replaced most face to face interactions and experiences, that otherwise might not require much, if any, technological use. Although, innovative and creative, screen time for children must continuously be taken into consideration. Below, The Academy of Pediatrics provides a chart to which parents can use as a guide with suggested screen time use for young to teenage children.

    Image provided by The Academy of Pediatrics

    Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare suggests tips on How to Handle Screen Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    These tips include the following:

    One media free meal a day

    Two hours of screen free time before bed

    Measure screen use using an online tool such as found on the Center on Media and Child Health.

    Anya Kamenetz with the New York Times provides a surreal reflection on how perspectives surrounding screen time have adjusted post Covid-19. Rather than focusing on the screen, the focus should be on your child’s feelings.

    Read more: I Was a Screen Time Expert Until Covid Happened

    The American Academy of Pediatrics

    The above chart provided by The American Academy of Pediatrics shows a comparison between recommended screen time use and reality.

    Although the current reality is causing major increases in screen time, parents/caregivers have the ability to create healthy screen time habits with their child.

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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!

  • STEM Preschooler Toys for the Holidays

    Are you a little weary of the same ole 2020 virtual learning? However, still looking for another way to interact with your preschooler that still caters to their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) growth? Check out these top STEM toys for preschoolers and older:

    1. Osmo – Little Genius Starter Kit for Fire Tablet

    Ages- 36 months-5 years old

    This interactive toy allows for your child to play alongside their tablet. As the tablet prompts a letter, your child can also create this letter using their manipulative manner. The tablet will then demonstrate the same figure on the screen.

    Amazon is currently offering this item for under $20! However, an Amazon Fire is required to use. Click Here to view this hot holiday item!

    2. Kidtastic Microscope Science Kit for Kids – Fun Learning Toys for Preschoolers – STEM Toy for 3 Year olds

    Ages 3 and up

    This STEM toy/tool re-enacts the viewing of microbiology using a kid-friendly microscope. While this educational toy is a little more in the costly side, $34.00, it does come with multiple “specimen” slides and lenses. Click HERE to view it!

    3. JIAHCN See and Spell Educational Toys for Toddlers, Montessori Sight Word Learning Game

    While this you involves more cognitive development, “letter recognition, word, and picture recognitions,” STEM can be intertwined using one of the 28 included picture cards. This is another great find for under $20! Click HERE to view!

    4. STEAM Play & Learn: 20 fun step-by-step preschool projects about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math!

    Looking for a step-by-step, on how to conduct STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) for preschoolers at home and in the classroom, this is for you! Under $15, and filled with experiments and opportunities for hands on exploration! Click HERE!

    5. FIOLOM Gear Interlocking Building Blocks Fine Motor Skills Learning STEM Educational Building Toy Plastic Construction Connect Gear Set

    Help your preschooler get a grasp of their fine motor skills along with learning other concepts such as problem solving. This is another great deal for under $20! Click HERE!

    Happy Holidays!