As adults (and even through our youth) we learn that certain foods are "healthy" for our bodies, or contain certain Vitamins, or enhance your growth "this" way or "that" way. However, children don't care about that. Let's be real. They want what tastes yummy, and hearing "it's good for you" is not entirely enticing for them to eat what you dished up. With Food, you have to be able to have fun! Add as many colors as you can in your daily and weekly meal plans. Create a plate for your child's next meal that has 3-4 colored foods, which not only LOOKs incredible, but it most likely will tackle several food groups: Fruit, Veggies, Protein, Starch, Dairy, Treat, etc.
Ex for Breakfast: a scrambled egg, handful of red grapes, 1/2 avocado, small cup of Orange Juice
Ex for Dinner: Blanched Broccoli, Penne noodles + red sauce, sliced banana or pear, and a yummy brownie for dessert.
The idea is to create an experience with Food for kids that SHOWs them healthy food options without saying the actual words plus making it visually pleasing to eat. For Toddlers, it's also a fun way to teach colors and associated foods OR convince the little one to eat "all the red colors" then "eat all the blue colors" as a sense of accomplishment - boosting their ego AND satisfying your parenting goals of another successful dinner with more food in their tummies than on the floor.
2) THE CLOSET!
Who loves folding and hanging laundry? Seriously. Well, WE DO (hence our TCMM services). It can be tedious, even for our household, but diving into the closet situation has become more enjoyable since we adopted the Rainbow Order. It's not because we want to be a "neat freak" (which is totally admirable BTW), but organizing your child's closet ...and your own...has multiple benefits. PS: Twin Cities Mobile Mommy can help with this!
I posted about this on my Instagram recently, but there's nothing more overwhelming than to walk into your kiddo's room and see chaos everywhere- even after they "cleaned up." Most commonly, shelves are intended to be for organizing, but it's super easy access to stash toys and books simply to get them off the ground. Sometimes our kiddos have more books & little toys than we know what to do with...but not everyone is ready to “Marie Kondo” everything or have the patience to reorganize. Instead, we suggest doing a simple clean up! Set a timer, tag-team, or however you can hammer this out in 15-20 minutes.
So it's just like Skittles says, "taste the rainbow," but we also like to stretch that rule out and apply it to meals, our closets and organizing books. AND if you're not up for doing this yourself, book a session with Twin Cities Mobile Mommy & we'll come get this started for you!