Tagged: kids

Stuff you need to know about kids, from the Dish-y.com staff.

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♫ Mom Is Great! ♫ Gives Me Kiwi Crate! ♫

This post contains affiliate links from Kiwi Crate, and Dish-y.com may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking through those links. However, all opinions are my own, and I have purchased a subscription to obtain a paid customer experience from Kiwi Crate. “I want to be a builder when I grow up.” said Cooper. “You don’t have to wait until you grow up!” I replied. My intentions were golden, but seconds later I realized that I now had to plan some sort of activity that would make the kid feel like he was a builder. I couldn’t renege on that promise…...

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What I plan to do about racism

The sermon at church last weekend was on the topic of racism. It was another powerful message that I have become accustomed to expecting from Grace Church. Then this morning, I read a thought-provoking article by John Metta, who recently delivered a sermon on the same topic. At the end of his article, he poses the question: “White people are in a position of power in this country because of racism. The question is: Are they brave enough to use that power to speak against the system that gave it to them?” I, like the author, do not necessarily like talking about...

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Five Tips for Toddler Parenting

Right now, we’re raising a toddler. It is a delightful time in the development of a child. Cooper is so curious and creative. He surprises us almost every day. When Cooper was just a baby, I was a bit apprehensive about the toddler parenting phase. It’s the time when kids begin to develop their own opinions and become big enough to get into more dangerous trouble around the house. One thing I can say is that I’ve been surprised at how much my instincts have taken over. I find comfort in trusting my own instincts about a lot of aspects...

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What I believe about Santa Claus

When I was a kid, I was fairly familiar with both Jesus and Santa Claus at Christmas time. Faith was a pretty standard part of our family life. We celebrated Christmas from a Christian perspective, and I can remember how much I loved all of the songs about the savior who was born on Christmas Day. I still do. But I also fully expected Santa Claus to show up every Christmas Eve bearing gifts at grandma’s house like he always did. Santa Claus and I had a bit of a rough start. I have no memory of this story, but...

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Why I love cooking

I love cooking. I am not perfect in the kitchen, but food doesn’t have to be anywhere near perfect to be pretty damn good. And you don’t have to be a sous chef to be regarded as a pretty damn good cook. When I look back to the beginning of my cooking days, I realize that my affinity for cooking goes way beyond a love for good food. My best memories involve wonderful food. Some of the fondest moments of childhood are the Sundays after church at grandma and grandpa’s house when we enjoyed a big family dinner together. Ever...

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Cooper and Schkitty: How a skeptic became a kid-friendly cat

Before there was Cooper, there was Mr. Kitty. My precious cat. My “baby.” I adopted Mr. Kitty long before I was ready to have kids, and didn’t give much thought about whether Mr. Kitty was a kid-friendly cat. Until my friends started having kids. It quickly became apparent that Mr. Kitty was very much skeptical of children. The seed of worry was planted that when my own kids started coming, my cat may have to go. When I say skeptical, I mean the “hiss and smack” flavor of skeptical. An unsuspecting child could simply look at Mr. Kitty and get...

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Help! My toddler drinks too much milk

A baby starts out life drinking milk, day in and day out. Baby loves it, which nature had in the design for a reason. A mother’s milk contains all of the valuable nutrition that baby needs for his growing body. Baby is glad about this, because it’s just yummy! At some point after baby reaches a year old, many of us transition baby to milk in a sippy cup or some other container not attached to our bodies. In fact, many of us transition baby to milk that comes from another source completely. Like, a source that says, “moo.” If...

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Toddler freezer food we regularly keep on hand

What we have learned about raising a toddler is that tiny minds can change at a very rapid rate. Designing a perfect weekly meal plan for our toddler is nearly impossible, because we never know what he is going to want. So we keep a lot of toddler freezer food options on hand that can be heated and served on demand. I usually give Cooper an opportunity to tell me what he wants to eat. If he gets to choose his dinner, he tends to be better about eating it. And I like to see his sweet smile when he...