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Practical Math for Everyday

 

As moms, we’re keen on ensuring that our children are continuously learning. We want them to not just be mentally, emotionally, and physically smart, but practically intelligent as well. That’s why it’s always such a joy seeing your child excelling both in school and in the streets, especially when they apply what they learn in the classroom to everyday living! It’s a moment that tells you that you too are doing a good job, and you couldn’t be prouder.

 

Math is one subject that offers tons of benefits in our day-to-day encounters. We all too quickly focus on the rules and equations and forget that arithmetic is meant for practical use to help our children navigate through life easier. If your child isn’t very fond of math, especially outside of the classroom, here are ways you can help your child grow used to applying math in their everyday lives!

 

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1. Let your child handle small payments.

Going to the mall or grocery is always a nice way for moms and kids to explore and bond. Counting money as payment for food or taxi fare is also a good way to start!

 

But make your trip to the mall even more fun by letting your little one go through your list of things to buy, and help you collect each item. Tell him what they’re for, the cost, and how many you need of each one. Also tell him how much you have to spend and ask him if the shopping fits the budget.

 

By letting your child handle money and knowing the importance or urgency of an item, he’ll learn the difference between wants and needs, and budgeting. At the end of the day, he might even have change for a snack!

 

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2. Teach your child how to save and earn.

As children, we all know how many hugs, kisses, and even tears it took for us to get something we wanted. But instead of going through all the trouble and watching our own kids throw a fit in the middle of a toy store, teach them the concept of savings.

 

Ask your child to point out a toy that he likes and to check its price. Of course, as our young ones only have a meager allowance (or probably none at all yet) ask them how much they are willing to pay each week, and how many weeks it’ll take to save enough for the toy. For pricier toys you’ll probably share the cost, but you’ll be surprised by how eager and focused they’ll become! They can also earn more money in exchange for good deeds like helping clean up at home. It’s a good discipline that they’ll carry for the rest of their lives.

 

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3. Help your child make and maintain a schedule.

Teaching your child how to allot time per activity will help him have a clearer understanding of his daily routine. Your child can count through his day and learn how much time it’ll take him to do one thing or to get from home to school.

 

Studies show that routines help kids feel secure and develop self-discipline. So help your child build his schedule. Plot down bath, study, meal, and play times, along with little details like brushing after meals or taking a daily supplement of Nutroplex vitamins. This will teach him how to balance his day with work and play!

 

4. Give your child a brain-boosting supplement.

Keep your kids’ counting skills sharp and their brain cogs well-oiled with Nutroplex. The multivitamin-mineral preparation provides essential vitamins and minerals such as Iron, Vitamin B Complex, and Vitamin A.These are known to enhance mental sharpness and quick thinking. Nutroplex especially aids in applying learnings to real-world situations, like making that timely pass on the soccer field, finishing that math project, or even riding their bikes with friends. Remember, optimum development, which takes into consideration your child’s mental, emotional, physical, and practical intelligences, means smarter, stronger, and safer kids!

 

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So moms, try to make each day a fun opportunity for math. Turn those tuition fee pesos into golden nuggets of knowledge and you’ll get more than what you paid for. What are your tips on “everyday math”? Comment below and find out what other moms do to help children embrace practical math in everyday life!

 

6 Ways to Increase Your Child's Appetite

 

Whether you’re about to introduce solids to your baby, or a mom who’s struggling to feed a picky toddler, increasing your child’s healthy cravings is a challenge we all know too well. Thankfully there are many ways you can help boost your child’s appetite as early as they first eat solids and as they grow up! Having a reliable meal partner like Tiki-Tiki vitamins is one sure way that helps. HeyMom also lists down a few tips you can try to effectively jumpstart your child’s healthy appetite:

 

 

1. Provide lots of healthy options.

When introducing solids to your baby, the idea is to start with bland foods versus sweet foods. This is so that baby will not develop an early preference for sweetness, which makes it hard to introduce non-sweet foods in her early years. Having a variety to choose from also establishes the kinds of dishes your baby will eventually prefer.

 

That being said, some toddlers used to bland foods and who once would relish everything you offer may suddenly turn picky. The sudden change isn’t because he no longer prefers the food you offer, but is more about his need to assert himself. After all, this is the stage when children learn to say “no” and would challenge you in the most mundane things, even down to the clothes they want to wear. To work with this situation, providing lots of healthy options is the way to go to give some control back to him.

 

Avoid forcing your kid to try a certain dish (they’ll resist all the more) or easily yielding to unhealthy alternatives. Be ready with nourishing varieties that he can decide to choose from. The key is to let him take charge without compromising his diet.

 

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2. Let them play with and explore their food.

For babies, playing with food functions as sensory play that teaches them to about different textures. It’s a great way to eventually establish eating independence, too. Let your baby have fun with their food (with clean hands!) and practice using the spoon on his own. By the time he’s a toddler, when kids usually refuse to be spoon fed, he’ll be able to happily feed himself.

 

Letting your child prepare his own meal will also encourage him to try his own creations. Playing pretend cooking is also a great way to entice your kid to eat more.

 

 

3. Create appealing healthy dishes.

Make eating fun and creative by tweaking recipes and coming up with refreshing dishes. Babies who experience taste fatigue may enjoy mixing flavors or changing textures and temperatures. Freeze fruits to make popsicles or blend them to create healthy shakes.

 

For toddlers and young kids, Go for colorful and fun presentations, like bento!. Substitute ingredients and procedures in recipes for healthy ones, and hide vegetables and fruits in his favorite meals.

 

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4. Work with your child's appetite.

After the first year, you’ll notice your child will eat a lot on some days compared to others. We tend to push our kids to eat more without realizing they’re sated. A tip is to be able to gauge your child’s hunger and knowing when to stop when he’s full. Be ready with healthy snacks even when on-the-go. When you know your child’s hungry, feed him with nourishing meals before his treats. The idea is that he’ll be hungry enough to eat most foods in the start, so fill your child up with the good stuff when you can.

 

 

5. Eat on time and together.

Children need to eat five times a day, about every three to four hours. This is a good schedule to work with in order to teach your child about the importance of eating on time. Even if there will be days that he doesn’t feel like eating, it’s still good to set a schedule.

 

More importantly, children tend to be less fussy when eating with others. They mimic adults’ behaviors, so enjoying nourishing meals as a family teaches them the value of eating right. Make meal times fun, too! Talk about superheroes who eat their vegetables or give special names to dishes (like Popeye Spinach and X-ray Vision Carrots)!

 

 

6. Give them quality vitamins.

Start everyday with a quality supplement that not only protects your child, but also helps stimulate their appetite. Moms can jump start their baby’s appetite as early as when they start eating solids with Tiki-Tiki Plus Drops! It contains Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E that help boost their appetite. You can continue to work with your meal time partner with Tiki-Tiki Star Syrup for kids 1 year old and above as it also has Lysine and B Complex that encourage your little ones to eat well!

 

As a mom, there are many ways we can make sure our kids have a healthy appetite: we can always find ways to make eating fun for our kids and work with a reliable supplement like Tiki-Tiki that will serve as our meal-time partner as early as when our child starts to eat. Ensuring they have a healthy appetite all throughout is one step in making sure that they’ll grow up to be healthy and strong!

4 Easy Kiddie Snacks For Summer

 

The hottest season of the year is here! If it’s burning hot to play outside, why not stay indoors and have fun cooking activities with your child? After all, encouraging our kids to eat healthy and heartily through fun recipes isn’t only great for bonding, it’ll benefit their growth and development too! HeyMom lists down a few effortless and unique recipes that you can prepare for your little ones, or make with your growing kids. Have a blast playing in the kitchen with your kids with these and see them enjoy eating your creations!

 

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1. FRUIT SALAD ICE POPS

This colorful and fruity ice pops recipe doesn’t only beat the smoldering summer heat, it’s also packed with the goodness from fruits and milk your kids will love!

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups fruit cocktail (drained from a can) or fresh fruits in season

1 box all-purpose cream

¾ cup condensed milk

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

2. Place fruit salad mixture in popsicle molds. You can also use small plastic cups.

3. Put popsicle sticks in the middle of the mold. For plastic cups, cover them with plastic cling wrap before inserting popsicle sticks.

4. Freeze until solid.

 

Makes about 8 ice pops.

 

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2. CRISPY PIZZA ROLLS

Are plain sandwiches getting old with your little one? This crunchy and cheesy recipe levels up the sandwich and makes it extra interesting for picky eaters. You can bring these yummy rolls when they’re on the go, too. They’ll have fun preparing and rolling these snacks as much as eating them.

 

INGREDIENTS

4 slices of wheat bread

Store bought pizza sauce

2 squares ham, sliced in half

4 thick strips of cheddar cheese

1/4 cup sliced mushrooms

1 medium egg, beaten

1/2 cup Japanese bread crumbs

1 cup cooking oil

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Remove the edges of the bread slices.

2. Press the slices of bread to make them flat.

3. Spread pizza sauce thinly onto the bread slices. Place the ham, cheese, and a bit of mushroom in the middle of each bread.

4. Roll the bread slices. Secure with a toothpick.

5. Dip the rolled bread slices in beaten egg then cover with Japanese bread crumbs.

6. Heat the cooking oil in a pot.

7. Fry the bread rolls in medium heat until golden brown. Place rolls in a plate lined with paper towels.

8. Serve hot.

 

 

 

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3. CHOCO-BANANA PEANUT BUTTER SHAKE

Steer clear from unhealthy drinks to quench your youngster’s thirst in this crazy heat. Go for healthy and nourishing homemade beverages, such as this recipe! This thick, creamy, and satisfying triple treat shake is made with nutritious milk, bananas, and peanut butter that’s just right for your growing child.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 pieces medium frozen bananas

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons peanut butter

3 tablespoons chocolate syrup

1/2 cup ice cubes

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Put all ingredients in an electric blender.

2. Blend until ingredients are combined and smooth.

3. Pour into a glass. Add whipped cream and your choice of sprinkles, if desired.

 

Makes 2 servings.

 

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4. FRUITY S'MORES DELIGHT

Once your child has had his fill of a healthy meal, you can both make this S’mores recipe for his treat! It’s tweaked to be nourishing with the addition of fruits.

 

INGREDIENTS

12 mini square graham crackers

6 pieces chocolate squares

6 pieces marshmallows

6 pieces sliced bananas

6 pieces sliced strawberries

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Arrange 6 graham crackers by topping each with a chocolate and a marshmallow. Place in a microwave safe plate.

2. Heat in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds.

3. Remove from microwave and top each s’more with a banana and strawberry. Cover with the remaining graham crackers.

4. Serve Immediately.

 

 

Bond with the little ones and celebrate summer with these appealing and nutritious recipes! It’s a great way to build their healthy appetite, all while having fun with moms and dads in the kitchen. Try tweaking and mixing more recipes up to make your kids look forward to every meal. Don’t forget to share with us your creative creations in the comments section!

 

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