It sure is quiet in here! What has everyone been up to?
I've started canning for this season. So far this week I have done cherry pie filling, cherry jam, and peaches. I want to do pickles next week. I've never tried them before, so it could be a colossal disaster. This week I discovered a very small farmer's stand close to home, so I should be able to get really fresh produce. I can't believe he farms here in the middle of the suburbs!
We have only about 3 weeks of Summer vacation left. I need to get the girls started on Summer homework, and we will probably go school shopping next week. I'm dreading back to school, but trying to put on a brave face! They are excited, and that's what really matters.View Thread
If it is a big project, I'm putting it off until school starts. I want to enjoy our time together as much as possible.
If it is cleaning, I make them help me. My standards are relaxed a lot in the Summer, so we do what absolutely has to be done, and then move on. They strip beds, pick up, dust, and Emily evens vacuums her room. I got magic erasers out last week for them to work on walls/baseboards, and they made up some silly game while they were doing it.
If I am really busy, and they start bothering me, I give them something non-fun to do. Go practice piano, go pick up the toys, go dust the dining room, etc. It has cut down a lot of the unnecessary interruptions. I also think I've only heard "I'm bored" once this summer. View Thread
I don't know what to do about this, and it is driving me CRAZY! I have eating issues, and grew up with the 'clean you plate as fast as you can' mentality, which is not healthy, and I don't want to pass on. Hopefully, some of you moms that have a better, more balanced view of eating can help me here.
Emily is such a slow eater. Last night, it took her 1 hour to eat a kid's meal from Qdoba. She will still cheek food at 8 years old. She also does this pretend chew where she puts food in her mouth, and moves her jaw up and down over 100 times (yes, I've counted), but isn't chewing.
We tried setting a timer, which backfired. She ended up puking cauliflower all over the table. Months after cleaning that mess up, I still can't look at cauliflower without wanting to gag.
I don't want to create issues with food, or pass on my issues with it. And, I do think being a slower eater will help her in the long run, but I would like to be able to clean up the table in a reasonable amount of time. How would you handle this?View Thread
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