My husband and I make a good team for a number of reasons. When it comes to parenting, we like to joke that he is clearly in charge of culture. For instance, at age four, our daughter could tell you that John, Paul, George and Ringo made up the Beatles. By age six, she had developed a deep appreciation for Star Wars, and now at age eight, the two of them can have a legitimate argument on a Friday night (gathered round the record player, no doubt) about who is the better musician, Dolly Parton or Emmylou Harris? He is the yin to my parenting yang. Music, movies, and history - this is his wheelhouse.
While he gets to take the reins on culture, I am in command of life skill development. Food, meal planning, and house organization - this is my wheelhouse. Our daughter’s chores include laundry (i.e. folding towels and her clothes), unloading the dishwasher, and making her bed. She wakes up to her own alarm clock and can run a vacuum cleaner; we are still working on using a broom! In my newest attempt at life skill development, I introduced “Manners Monday” in the Stewart house a few weeks ago. Manners Monday means every Monday night at dinner, we practice our best, polished table manners and act as though the Queen could stop by at any moment. My daughter is learning the basics of setting a table along with important manners such as:·
Since my daughter is just as competitive as her father, we’ve started keeping score of our Monday table game and guess who’s winning? Hint: not my husband.
All that said, the life skills list continues to grow. From table manners to cooking, she is at the perfect age to help in the kitchen. Her favorite ways to help right now include baking, measuring out ingredients, washing and chopping vegetables, cooking pasta and cracking eggs!
While there are hundreds of ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen, I wanted to share my top five tips that have worked for our family:
There are numerous resources online, so keep looking until you find what fits for your family. Here are a few more resources that may be helpful:Thanks for stopping by. I truly enjoy sharing tips that may help your family. It gives me #allthefeels. I am always looking for tips myself, so feel free to share things that work for you!
Well, this escalated quickly. I didn't realize becoming a blogger meant designing a website. I guess I was thinking my Myspace account from 2004 would be all I needed. I'm totally just kidding, but I really didn't think it would be this involved. Either way. Now, I'm committed. I hope you like the site and if you have any Weebly tips, tricks or YouTube videos to suggest (or if you want to come over next weekend and help me while I continue to figure out all the things?), please share in the comments. Also, please grant me some grace as I navigate the waters of web design and talking to strangers.
First of all, thank you for getting this far! I feel like I owe you an introduction if you don't know me and also a bit about why I started this blog. I'll spare you my life story at the moment and offer a Reader's Digest version.
In a nutshell, I'm a wife, Mom, registered dietitian, Christian, and at the end of the day, just a human. I love family time, the outdoors, coffee, traveling, quiet time, organizing and writing. After writing my thesis (I just finished graduate school last year), I felt so empowered. If I can put 18,902 words in one document, I can write anything! I've also been doing more writing at work and finally decided to take the plunge into the world of blogging. I do feel a little late to the party, but I've never been accused of being a trendsetter!
So, here it is and here I am. With my background in nutrition, you can expect to read food, nutrition, and health related blogs, but I also want the opportunity to share other things that bring me joy or are on my mind. From my faith, to organizing tips, or parenting and marriage! The possibilities are endless, and I'm really looking forward to it! It's giving me all the feels!
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