The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true when it comes to certain parenting hints. Sometimes all it takes to get across a tip is an image.
1. Score free coloring pages. Instead of shelling out money on coloring books, download free coloring page printables from the Web and print multiple copies. And before you let your little ones color the pages of the coloring books you have, make copies of the blank pages. (The inspiration for this tip – the coloring pages in the waiting room at a kids’ eye doc in San Francisco.)
2. Give your baby eating utensils before you start solids. If you’re waiting to start solids, but your little one seems really interested in watching you eat, I love this tip I learned from my children’s pediatrician: Give your baby eating accessories (like spoons) to play with while you eat.
3. The “ants on a log” snack. As I’ve mentioned before, changing the name of healthy foods can help make them more appetizing to your little ones. One way to get those carrots or celery sticks, and some protein, down: Cover the veggies with peanut butter and raisins, and call the snack “ants on a log.” I grew up enjoying this snack, and now my 2-year-old daughter likes it too.
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