Having a secure parent-child attachment can make all the difference to a child’s level of stress, their ability to manage emotional experiences, their capacity for learning and their social ease. Working on this attachment will help your kids to manage struggles and emotions throughout their lives.
I like to make this yummy parfait with my little boy. He loves to choose which layers to add, and when it’s ready, we eat it together on a picnic rug out on our patio. It’s great for special-occasion breakfasts, such as Mother’s Day or a birthday, as a mid-morning snack or even dessert.
This version is dairy free as it’s made with coconut yoghurt but you can use natural yoghurt if you prefer. The addition of chia seeds, flaxseeds, almonds and pecans means it’s high in protein. It’s also rich in calcium and essential fats and high in fibre.
Parenthood is full of contradictions: we want to keep our children safe, yet we also want them to be adventurous and try new things; we want them to feel like the most important people on the planet, but we don’t want them to become conceited or arrogant; and we want them to be independent but can’t help feeling a little rejected when they don’t need us anymore.
This last scenario can be summed up in two words: Separation anxiety.
But the real question is who suffers more? The parents or the children?
I’ve been fighting with my six-year-old over school lunches for almost a year-and-one-term now! Every weekday I dread the big reveal! The lunch that I so meticulously and thoughtfully created comes home almost untouched.
The pressure of a thousand domestic blogs and Facebook posts about creative and gourmet school lunches has taken its toll on me.
Smoothies are great for all family members, at any time of the day, in my house they are my go to breakfast as we are usually rushing to get out the door on time. I pretty much use our NutriBullet every day, it’s just so quick and easy for so many things.
I keep a selection of frozen Blueberries, Strawberries, Cherries and Raspberries in the freezer all year round and I also keep fresh fruits that are in season plus a constant supply of Bananas.
Now that winter is here, it’s a great time to adapt your lunchbox offerings for the colder weather to ensure little tummies are tempted when lunchtime rolls around. These are some of our favourite lunchbox solutions to keep your little ones nourished and energised. Invest in a good quality, kid-sized thermos to store hot lunches for the school day. The Thermos Funtainer is a great choice, but any quality product with a “warming guarantee” of a minimum of five hours is a good option.