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Teaching Kids To Be Thankful Everyday

TEACHING KIDS TO BE THANKFULTeaching Kids To Be Thankful Everyday

Episode 230

Many times in an attempt to shelter our children or prevent them from some of the hardships we experienced as children our children may become spoiled and have an entitlement mentality. In this episode, we discuss ways to encourage children to become thankful, not just in the big things, but every day.

 

Thanks to our sponsor Sony Pictures and Affirms Films and The Star Movie — the Christmas story definitely brings home the reason for the season and the importance of teaching our children to be grateful for all that God has done for us – sending us His son, to free us.


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Our children are sponges, aren’t they? They absorb the good and the bad. We want to teach our children that it is better to give than receive – to be thankful in all things – but it does not come naturally.

  1. How do we expect gratitude IF we don’t model it for our children?
  2. Teaching an attitude of gratitude begins when they are very small.
  3. How is fun this? Learning through doing – working alongside us…
  4. Practice – we practice our math facts, practice our manners, why not practice what to say to be grateful?
    1. Thank you for ——
    2. I appreciate the time you spent….
  5. Saying I’m thank-you in the little as well as the big things

Friends, manners begin at home – being thankful is a taught skill. No one expects someone profusely thankful – that can become annoying and make us think the person is insecure or not genuine in the thanks –

It also breeds extremes – there are families that stop giving gifts at birthdays or Christmas because they feel like opening gifts becomes a feeding frenzie of opening gifts and leaving a feeling of letdown or kids who are unappreciative. I have mixed emotions about this one – and since this is my podcast, I can share with you my take on this idea.

Friends, teaching children gratitude does not have to be extreme – and all or nothing. My love language is giving, it gives me a sense of doing something, for the glory of God and also how we are to proceed moving forward in God’s will. Depriving children of a Christmas tree because of pagan roots or gift giving, because they may become selfish, is an extreme. Having the children make gifts for each other, putting a budget on gift giving or making giving coincide with giving to the poor are all things that go much further in fostering good will –with your children and those around us.

Our children are only with us for a short time. I’ve been blessed with two families within one family – what I mean is my husband and I married in 1979 and had two children – one in 1980 and one in 1982, then we had a gap of 14 years until our next “family” came – in 1995, 1998, and 2000… I had the blessings of raising children when I was very young, and when I was an “older” mom. I can say what I’ve learned is what is translated into these podcasts.

Extremes don’t work and breed children who either become more extreme… or, the other end of the spectrum.

And having the experience of parenting for 37 years has shown me that homeschooling is a blessing because having my children with me 24/7 allows me to see when something is going horribly wrong when a child is extremely unthankful –in keeping with the topic of this podcast.

Gift giving is something we treasure as a family, without losing sight of the occasion.

In our family we make a production of gift giving, however, we wait until everyone is seated, we allow the child to open the gift – and rise immediately to thank the person who gifted it – either with a hug and/or a sincere thank-you.

We also thank God the ultimate giver of all gifts whether they are ones in our character or our abilities. And, also for those who provide for us.

Modeling thankfulness is wonderful, especially with Bible lessons.

Bible Stories that teach thankfulness –

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers – Luke 17:12-19 

Only one returned and thanked God, and he was a “stranger” an “outsider” a Samaritan. This is a lesson for our children that shows not only did the Lord notice that only one came, but he was healed (inside) and outwardly. This can be a great discussion you can have with your children.

 

Routines are important for children – so real-life applications:

  1. Praying before every meal – thanking God for the food as well as those who prepared it and earned the money to buy it!
  2. Morning prayers. Praising God before it happens – thanking Him for the day, the beautiful sky, the weather, the rain, etc. Teaching children to praise God in all things.
  3. Dinner praises. What are you most thankful for that day?
  4. Evening prayers: Praising God for the day.
  5. Keep a Praise Journal – I divided my prayer journal years ago into praises FIRST then, prayer requests at the back.
  6. Don’t give your children too many choices – sometimes choices encourage our children to be unhappy with what they get! Try it.
  7. Teach your children to be thankful each day by giving (see previous podcast #228 – teaching children to be giving) Not just a Thanksgiving and Christmas but all year long.
  8. Attitude is a choice – it is the way we look at life (share about Jeff here)

What do you do when your child will not be thankful after repeated reminders?

  1. If they forget, having them write a thank-you note (or copying the words – even if tracing) thank-you on a piece of paper can be a good reminder.
  2. Be an example to your child. They are sponges – they will copy you.
  3. Set boundaries. If you see that your children are becoming ungrateful, pray for the root cause – and then set boundaries. Keep gifts at a minimum, no choices until attitude becomes better. Crime fits the offense and is age appropriate. Kids don’t remember something not immediate.
  4. Challenge children to purchase gifts for others. I did this with my children, and recently with my grandchildren. I took the older ones shopping for the one-year-old. It was eye-opening.
  5. Give children responsibilities – I think large families this is easier than small, but volunteering to care for a neighbor’s toddler, or volunteering in the church nursery will teach a child the importance of thankfulness very quickly!
  6. Give gifts such as museum or nature center memberships, or kids cooking club – HERE
  7. Keep TV at a minimum – watching too many commercials specifically geared to children will give the children an “I want that” mentality. Same with infomercials for adults!

 

Praising God is a weapon against the evil one.

Gratitude can become a habit – it is an attitude of life. Look at David in the Psalms as he goes through hardships and triumphs he continues to praise God.

Additional Scriptures:

  1. Psalm: 107:1 – “Oh give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
  2. Psalm: 100:1-5 – “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!…”
  3. Psalm: 9:1 – “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”

 

Show Time With Kids

showtimeShow Time! Movie time with kids…

Episode 229

Movies are so much fun, they are a form of adventure, escape and experience we might otherwise not have in life – in this podcast we’ll discuss encourage creativity in your children and making movie time special.

 

Kids love to put on shows, puppet show or even made up plays. I know my two oldest put on more puppet shows than any other kids I know! They loved it. They had a captive audience, mom, and dad – as well as extended family.

Many kids love to watch movies, and the nice thing about watching them at home is you preview the movies before your kids see them, or at least fast-forward scenes you may not want them to view. I’ll share some fun ways to make movie night special with your family.

We will discuss both in this podcast.

I’d like to thank our sponsor, Sony Pictures –Sony Animation along with Affirms Films brings the Christmas story to life through the eyes of the animals in The Star Movie.


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.


Today it is difficult to watch movies or approve of movies that we as parents feel are acceptable to US and our children. Years ago my husband decided when we had young teens – around 13-15 that if a movie was not acceptable for them, we wouldn’t watch it – he felt it was garbage in and garbage out, let’s face it, some of the images and graphics in graphics whether online or in motion pictures makes a permanent impression in our minds.

In looking at lists of favorite movies I have to say on one list of the top 20 or top 50 I had to go to about #12 on one list and #8 on another before I found one I agreed upon.

Movies reflect a taste of what we like, whether it is romance, adventure, or action. So, how do we cultivate creativity with our children and make movie night fun?

I don’t get the toy and game magazines any longer, I guess the demographics in my family have caught up to the junk-mail people and they realize I no longer have little ones to buy for (well I do – grandkids – but you know what I mean!)

I saw so many great things to buy, especially if it was a catalog that had “throwback” toys – wooden puzzles, etc. However, the one thing that always caught my eye, and my pocketbook was anything that sparked creative play. I could do an entire podcast on creative play, it comes from my background in pre-school education. Young children learn so much through play, but so do older children.

Encouraging creativity in your children through play acting can also teach them practical skills in reading, writing and even math (timing).

I purchased several things for my children that they kept for many, many years. One of them was a tri-fold, stand-up puppet theatre set. It had a marker board on the outside where they could put the time of the show and the name, beforehand, they’d sell “tickets,” write the screenplay and act it out. In later years, they used it more for a set – they would create backgrounds of whatever play they were staging. It was super fun, and in big families, you always have a built-in audience.

Never letting anything pass without some type of documentation – I’m such a homeschool mom, I’d videotape these occurrences and document it for school! After all, writing a screenplay with parts should count, right? It was a great experience for the children.

What if your children are not creative? How do you spark creativity in your kids?

  1. Encouragement
  2. Take your children to plays. There are lower budget dinner theatres with pricing for kids or look for a matinee time.
  3. Give them story starters… for example, “One day, as I walked out in the yard I was surprised to see…” They can be as easy or complex as age appropriate.
  4. Have dress up clothes handy.
  5. Have the children attend a “speech” class – toastmasters when they are older.
  6. Give them time! Time to think!
  7. Count it for school. Acting and theatre can be part of your school curriculum. The children can use this as part of their creative writing, research skills, composition, acting, art for backgrounds, costume making, etc.
  8. Sign up for a local theatre try out.

When my kids were young teens we purchased a conversion van with a TV – and VCR my kids were delighted. Not only were the chairs super comfy they came with stereo headphones. We took many day trips and longer vacations in that van and my kids loved it! The one thing I insisted upon were good wholesome kids movies.

Now, I’ll share some of my favorites with you, however, you may not consider any of these on your most watched list: We loved  the Swiss Family Robinson, Snowball Express, The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Sound of Music, and many more.

Look for the podcast of my TOP recommended movies – coming soon.

You can stream on websites such as Pureflix – here.

Use caution while looking at these site recommendations. Many good ones, but others we won’t watch.

Movies various sites (many I did not agree with)

Movies to watch with kids – use caution

More Recommended Movies – Use Caution

50 Kids Movies – Use Caution

Sensory friendly films for autistic kids

 

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Retreat Alone

spiritual retreat for momsSpiritual Retreat Alone with Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz

Episode:

As a young mom, Meredith yearned for a spiritual retreat alone, just her and God. When another mother offered to trade off days of babysitting so they could each spend the time running errands, Meredith decided to use that time to devise a retreat with the Lord. Learn how this turned into a precious time of spiritual growth and helped her mentor her family and friends. Meredith discusses the how-to’s in this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms

The Star Promotion here –

Show Notes: Spiritual Retreat Alone

  1. How does this work? Especially with babies?
  2. Traded time with a friend to babysit
  3. Using your time wisely – what does this look like?
  4. Spent time (instead of grocery shopping without the kids) to have quiet time with the Lord
  5. Three hours two times a month
    1. Sat at a secluded spot and read the Bible
    2. Worship and walked around and prayed
    3. Sang to the Lord – so refreshing
  6. Poured heart out to the Lord – in need
  7. Once the little ones grew up… and were no longer nursing…
    1. Drove somewhere to pray alone
    2. Wanted to get away with the Lord
    3. Spent a night alone in a hotel
      1. One time took a keyboard to worship and write music
      2. Brought books to read
  • Did some writing
  1. Spend time in Bible reading
  1. Making time to refresh your soul
    1. Family retreats
    2. Festival of booths (was camping!)
    3. Even when you are home and praying there are interruptions
    4. Nature, walk around water – sooths my soul
    5. Especially important for young moms
      1. Cleaning is temporary
      2. Time with the Lord is filling, and still with you.
  • Something precious of time with the Lord
    • You can’t find that by getting your house clean.

Teaching Kids To Give

teaching kids to giveTeaching Kids to Give – Episode 228

Giving –

We want kids that are giving and loving. We want kids that are helpful. We want well-rounded kids, and we want to give our kids everything but we don’t want to spoil them – how is there a balance? We don’t want our children to have a sense of entitlement. How do we combat this? One way is by teaching our children to give.


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.


Giving doesn’t always come naturally. For some it does, but for others, it must be taught. Knowing your child’s love languages is helpful but normally a child’s love language is not developed until later. Here is a podcast I did on love languages: (HERE)

With all of the disasters that have happened recently, it is a springboard to talking to children about giving to others less fortunate. Giving makes us feel good – it is a fact, and what a beautiful thing!

Teach the firstfruits principle by having kids donate their shiniest coins or the money at the top of the allowance pile. Discuss the widows’ mite – she gave all she had – she gave the best, not from her extras – great example.

  1. If we expect our kids to give we must be examples. Often we are exhausted with all that happens in our daily lives, but explaining that being a mom and dad is by definition, self-giving.
  2. Every day examples are the best. How can you best give? Making the bed for a sibling – for parents, etc. Start small. The goal is for giving to be second nature.
  3. Giving as a lifestyle – we want our children to be good stewards but also to be

 

Goal? Giving is not just at Christmas Time:

Some great resources –

Tykoon: https://www.tykoon.com/

Ways to give – make your own list with your children.

  1. Giving clothes
  2. Gently used toys
  3. Helping neighbors
  4. Birthday gifts for others
  5. If you give your child an allowance, teach them the three/four part saving system – one for saving, one for spending and one for donating (4th is one for investing) – encourage your child to think about what they’d like to do with the money. “Poor box” at church, local food bank, etc.
  6. Christmas | Bringing stuff to families
  7. Helping elderly
  8. Give as a family by sponsoring a child, supporting missionaries
  9. Responding to a news story. Even if kids aren’t giving money, they can write letters or make something for the individual(s) in need. (Be sure to share any pictures, letters or thank you notes you receive with your children.)
  10. Let kids cook with you when you’re preparing a meal for a sick friend or cookies for an elderly neighbor.

Scriptures on Giving:

  •  (I Corinthians 16:2) – On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made
  • (Luke 21:1-4) –As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
  • (II Corinthians 9:6-7) Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
  • (Matthew 6:19-21) Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  • (Luke 6:38) “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

God also made some bold promises concerning rewards for His good and faithful servants if they would first trust Him to care for them (Malachi 3:10, Deuteronomy 15:10).

 

 

Happy 4th Birthday

happy 4th birthdayHappy 4th Birthday to the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

Usually, a birthday is celebrated with cake and cookies, or something sweet, right? Well, our “happy” 4th birthday is no different, however, the “sweetness” comes from a special giveaway – a cash prize. To sign up for your chances visit the giveaway here.

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Please enjoy this podcast as I recall the beginning idea of a podcast network and take you through each of the current podcasts – with new shows weekly, bi-monthly or once a month. In this episode, I explain what you will hear when you tune in.

Do you have a special topic you’d like to hear? We are an email away. Each of podcasters works hard to bring you fresh shows with topics you will enjoy.

I’m excited to be celebrating our 4th birthday with you with thousands of shows available for you to listen to – or search on the front page of this website for a topic you’d like to find. More than likely our podcasters have already created the show, just for you!

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Art of Kids Cooking

art of kids cookingThe Art of Kids Cooking

Raddish Kids Creator – Meet Chef Samantha Barnes with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #225

Did you know cooking is an art? Did you know the art of kids cooking can be successful? Today, many people order food kits to prepare meals at home, now kids can learn to cook like a professional. How? With an amazing kit that comes right to your doorstep. Raddish Kids Creator, Samantha Barnes is our special guest and shares how she created this amazing kit for kids. Learn how parents can guide their children with easy to prepare meals at home, each month. The interactive sets include specialty items to cook with as well as laminated cards and step-by-step meals with wonderful illustrations.

 

Thanks to our sponsor, Raddish Kids!

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Show Notes: Raddish Kids Creator – Meet Chef Samantha Barnes 

    1. Samantha began as a teacher and soon realized her students loved cooking. She is the founder of Kitchen Kid and is a Culinary Coach. Samantha has merged her two passions – teaching and cooking. Soon she began Raddish Kids with the idea to send recipes home for parents to incorporate with their own children.
    2. Homeschoolers love to incorporate “school” in creative ways … I love the concept of cooking with kids – share with us your goals for cooking: (Check out the website and the list “what will your Rad-Kid gain from cooking with you?” https://www.raddishkids.com/pages/cooking-with-kids
    3. Getting kids to eat healthily I think is one of the most difficult parenting challenges – Samantha shares her suggestions including cooking with children. Be sure to leave enough time to cook so you are not rushed. Children love eating things they create.
    4. Raddish kids include recipes for kids with allergies or dietary restrictions on their website

      Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

      We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com/Homeschool to learn more and to download a free lesson.
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15 Healthy Recipe Substitutions

15 healthy recipe substitutions15 Healthy Recipe Substitutions & Alternatives

Episode 226

When I started to look at my favorite recipes I was shocked to see that most of them contained “bad-for-you” items.  I found 15 Healthy Recipe Substitutions after I began looking and testing alternative substitutes. I had two goals and one was health and the second is that it would make my recipes taste the same if not better. In this episode, I explore some of these substitutes with an explanation of what works and why some choices are better than others.

Show Notes: 15 Healthy Recipe Substitutions and Alternatives

  1. Coconut Oil in place of shortening
    • Here are some great food conversions you can try with your recipes. The first and the greatest is coconut oil – I found a wonderful oil that is flavor free and you can substitute it for anything that calls for shortening. It really imparts no flavor and gives cookies that chewy texture we love! Discount if you sign up for the ezine: Wilderness – Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil here.
    • unsweetened organic applesauce instead of oil in recipes, you can substitute (1:1 ratio of sugar)
  2. Egg substitute:
    • Flaxseed – ground and you add water. 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed (grind it fresh –don’t use the ground variety) and add 2.5 tablespoons of water. You can use this for pancakes, muffins or some baked goods – doesn’t bind as well as eggs.
    • Chia seeds. Add 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds with 1 cup of water – let it sit for 15 minutes
  3. Unbleached white, organic flour with flax seed (whole not ground).
    • Whole wheat flour milled at home with organic wheat
  4. Dark leafy greens instead of lettuce (or mix it in – have the kids do this and it looks pretty!)
  5. Zucchini for pasta – this may be a hard sell for your kids, but I love it! (spaghetti squash for pasta – not my favorite but some people love this!)
  6. Corn tortillas instead of flour for gluten-free diets – but look for non-GMO and organic
  7. Quinoa instead of couscous – or even oatmeal – but that is a hard sell for some –I love quinoa and kale – it is yummy
  8. Lettuce wraps – my kids love them. We make chicken Caesar wraps on tortilla shells or romaine lettuce leaves – yum!
  9. Ground chickpeas – makes hummus – who knew! If you add some fresh crushed garlic, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste even your pickiest eaters – and you can use fresh veggies to dip into the hummus instead of chips.
  10. Sugar substitutes:
    • Stevia for sugar. It is way sweeter than sugar so a little bit goes a long way, and there is an aftertaste – so use it sparingly. You can use liquid stevia – not cheap!
    • Vanilla extract: cut the sugar in half and add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. You can use this in pancakes, muffins, cookies. You may need to play with the exact ration depending on your recipe.
    • Unsweetened organic applesauce instead of sugar. You can substitute (1:1 ratio of sugar) the applesauce, but cut the liquid in your recipe down by ¼ a cup
  11. Plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Works great in all recipes and even dips and baked potatoes. My kids never noticed.
  12. Potatoes:
    • Sweet potatoes instead of baked potatoes or fries
    • Kale chips – wash, lightly toss with olive oil, salt, pepper paprika (chili powder – if you want a kick) and bake in the oven. Watch it – burns easily.
  13. Sliced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce on pizza – it is delicious! My kids love it on focaccia bread.
  14. Grate cauliflower instead of rice – delicious with black beans
  15. Greek yogurt instead of mayo add a splash of lemon juice – also there is avocado mayo that is yummy

 

 

 

Cooking With Kids

cooking with kidsCooking With Kids with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast # 224

Do you realize all the reading, math, science and advanced thinking skills are involved when cooking with kids? In this podcast, Felice discusses the long history of cooking in her family long before “farm to table” was fashionable. With a large family, cooking is something we do often – so why not include your children in the process?

Thanks to our sponsor, Raddish Kids! 

Check out this info pack: Raddish One Page

Kids like to eat what they cook. Allowing them to serve their own food helps them in their food choices. Set a good example by eating a variety of foods or having foods available for them to eat. Especially finger foods and cut up fruit.

Age-appropriate tasks and expect a mess!

Show Notes: Cooking With Kids

  • Children Helping in the kitchen:
  • Setting the table
  • Washing dishes / putting dishes in the dishwasher
  • Cooking with mom
    • Select food choices
    • Exempt for cleanup
    • Help plan the menu

Homeschoolers Cooking with Kids -Make cooking part of school:

  • Hands-on experience for the little kids
  • Cleanliness – teach children to be neat in the kitchen
  • Kitchen safety.
  • Writing out the recipes – the children can use it for copy work.
  • Reading and following directions.
  • Math skills – temperature to cook, measuring, calculating, fractions, dividing recipes or increasing them (two or three times), depending on family size.
  • Agriculture – learning about how things are grown
  • Geography: Source – where do foods come from?
  • Good nutrition – how food works to make us strong.
  • Cooking skills – learn various techniques.
  • Shopping for foods – putting together a grocery list.
  • Different cuisines – Asian, Spanish, Italian, Mexican, Thai etc.

Here are some things to ensure better quality time when cooking with kids:

  1. If you are pressed for time, including the kids may not work.
  2. Weekends – the best time for cooking
  3. Age appropriate skills
  4. Safety consideration – sharp knives, hot stove, etc.
  5. Simpler dishes and meals again – again, Raddish kids offered things like chocolate pudding, sloppy joes, and tater tots and salad making. Very high on kids lists of favorite foods – and if you use organic ingredients.

Muffins, or assembling a pizza – you can use mini-bagels, or gluten free flatbreads or English muffin.

More thoughts –

  1. Prep ahead. Sometimes the messier activities are better done in advance, like measuring out flour or sugar and having it ready in containers for the little ones to just pour, older kids can do this on their own.
  2. Washing berries like blueberries – unless they are fresh (frozen makes a mess)
  3. Keep paper towels handy.
  4. Doing some prep work in advance, such as rinsing the berries for muffins etc. in advance does help – again with age appropriateness.

Cooking with kids – kid-friendly ideas

  1. Set the stage for healthy eating – encourage kids to help
  2. Teach kitchen cleanliness. Wash hands first, use clean surfaces.
  3. Use stool to stand on or a separate lower table so they can reach
  4. use charts with the recipes
  5. Raddish Kids – great illustrated cards
  6. Use kid friendly utensils – blunt knives so they can help
  7. Be creative. Use skewers for bite size pieces.
  8. Serve real food – nothing processed
    • As close to raw as possible
    • Organics or locally grown
    • Should recognize what you are eating
  9. Kid favorites:
    1. Kabobs
    2. Smoothies
    3. Fruits
    4. Cheese
    5. Meats
  10. Resources –
    1. Cooking with kids – https://cookingwithkids.org/
    2. Jamie Oliver – Cooking with Kids Video Series – right here

Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com/Homeschool to learn more and to download a free lesson.
Check out this info pack: Raddish One Page

Healthy Snacks

healthy snacks20 Healthy Snacks For Kids (or anyone!) with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #223

Snacks are not going away, so it’s time to begin eating healthy snacks. In this episode Felice shares some of her family favorites as well as her passion which is helping her children reach adulthood with a good basis in healthy eating. Eating healthy is fun and there are ways to save money — all in this podcast.

Thanks to our Sponsor

Show Notes: Healthy Snacks:

  1. Survey your family – what are favorite snacks.
  2. When do your children crave snacks?
  3. What are some areas of compromise?
  4. How can you combat those snacks that “creep” into your home?
  5. Make a list and look at ways to turn those snacks into a healthier version

Healthy Snacks: I’ll be adding recipes on my Cooking with Kids Podcast 

  1. Nuts – organic and raw if possible
  2. Seeds – sunflower seeds, pumpkin, golden flaxseeds
  3. Chia Seed Recipes
  4. Dried fruits – apples, pineapple, bananas, dates, raisins, cranberries
  5. Dried veggies
  6. Oatmeal bars – home made
  7. Granola bars – home made
  8. Dark chocolate covered … nuts, dried fruits
  9. Air-popped corn
  10. Cheese and crackers
  11. Kale chips (make them!)
  12. Chia and cashew butter, or chia and peanut butter -organic
  13. Smoothies
  14. Fruit kabobs
  15. Bowls of fresh fruit
  16. Vanilla yogurt – homemade
  17. Banana and peanut butter (or almond/hazelnut butter)
  18. Beet chips – try them!
  19. Fresh veggies with yogurt or nondairy dip
  20. Protein balls
    1. – homemade – dates, whey protein, nut butter, salt and cocoa
    2. – homemade – dates, whey protein, nut butter, coconut, nuts

Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com/Homeschool to learn more and to download a free lesson.
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Kids Eating Healthy

kids eating healthyKids Eating Healthy with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #222

Are your kid eating healthy? Most kids don’t and many parents believe that eating healthy is one of the hardest parts of parenting. Even those who only serve healthy foods find their kids gravitating to the sweets tables at birthday parties. What is a mom and dad to do? In this podcast, Felice shares what has worked for her family and talks about battles she has lost. (Can you say chips?)

Thanks to our sponsor, Raddish Kids!

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Show Notes: Kids Eating Healthy

  1. What do your kids like to eat? Do a survey
  2. Do your children have food allergies?
  3. Does your family like different foods?
  4. Not so fun facts:
    1. A popular fast food chain’s chicken nuggets only contain 50 percent chicken and the other 50 percent includes corn derivatives, sugars, leavening agents and completely synthetic ingredients.
    2. Nonfood ingredients can affect your health
  5. Foods to avoid:
    1. High Fructose corn syrup
    2. GMO – genetically modified ingredients
    3. MSG – monosodium glutamate
    4. Food Additives – preservatives and coloring

Foods In Order Of Ideal Consumption:

Mercola Food Pyramid – Download here

1. Healthful fats & Veggies – healthy fats include coconuts, avocados, olive oil, butter and raw nuts, raw, organic vegetables
2. Protein – grass fed, organic meat and poultry, organic eggs, fish – wild fish, dairy
3. Fruits
4. Grains and sugars – complex carbs, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, corn, rice, grain

What types of foods do you like to eat? Do you know what types of foods your children like?

Nutritional Typing

Extra Interesting Articles:

Dirt help promote kids immune systems

Dangers of eating chicken nuggets

 


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Raddish – a cooking club and curriculum, specially designed FOR KIDS by chefs and educators! Raddish is perfect for homeschooling families! Teach thematic cooking lessons that incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, and culture. With Raddish, the kitchen is the tastiest place to learn! Use coupon code PODCAST at checkout for $15 off a 6 or 12 month membership. Visit RaddishKids.com/Homeschool to learn more and to download a free lesson.
Check out this info pack: Raddish One Page

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