Mommy Monday

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Today marks the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks on America, which resulted in almost 3,000 deaths–the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Sadly, it was not the last.

There was Fort Hood.

And the Boston Marathon.

Vaughn Foods.

Charleston.

San Bernadino.

Orlando.

Charlottesville.

Not to mention the countless other attacks overseas as well as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose and, for my Oklahomies and I, tornadoes every spring. It seems as though every time we turn on the television, check Facebook, or get an alert on our phones, something devastating is happening. For us adults, it can be hard to process. But, we find a way to work through it. Something I personally struggle with, however, is: “How do I talk to my kids about stuff like this?” Granted, Huff the Babe is so young that he has NO idea what’s going on. Huff the Tot is a tad bit more aware. But even though they’re still young, I think its never too early to learn how to discuss these hard topics with children.

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Below are some helpful links to give you some guidance on how to talk with your children about terrorism as well as forces of nature (i.e., the hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.). I’ve also included this video from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (shameless plug: I LOVE Daniel Tiger! Not only has his show been proven to help children with emotional intelligence but there are awesome songs in every episode that help children grasp concepts that might have gone over their heads in a different format. We use Daniel’s songs EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. at the Huffman Homestead).

 

Parents.com: How to Talk to Kids About Terrorism

The Guardian: Tips for Teachers Discussing Terrorism

PBS.org: Helping Kids Feel Safe

PBS.org: An Age-by-Age Guide to Talking With Your Kids About the News

ABC Action News: Discussing the Hurricane With Your Children

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

WXII News report: School Counselor Gives Advice About How to Talk to Children About the Hurricanes

 

Have you discussed any of these events with your kids? Have some tips for other parents? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

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Here lately, I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to teach Huff the Tot about kindness and empathy. (Daniel Tiger is a GREAT resource for this! Plus, that kid has a song for errything!) I want her to be mindful of others as well as of her own emotions. I picked up a few books from the library, but this one was my absolute favorite:

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Its called, Have You Filled a Bucket Todayand it is AMAZING! The book describes how everyone, all over the world carries around an invisible bucket. And when your bucket is full (of good thoughts and feelings about yourself) you feel happy. But when your bucket is empty, you feel sad and lonely.

The book goes on to explain how we can fill other’s buckets (and, in turn, fill our own) and become “bucket fillers”.

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It also tells how there are some people who try to take good feelings from others’ buckets, thinking they can fill their own buckets but that will never work. These people are known as “bucket dippers”(i.e., bullies).

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This has been great for Huff the Tot! I’ve read it to her several times and she has said, on more than one occasion, “Mommy, I {insert something here such as “pick up my toys”, “draw you a picture”, or “build you a castle”} and I will fill your bucket up!”

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There are a TON of activities on the book’s website as well as on Pinterest! So you can keep the learning going with fun coloring pages or crafts! I think this would be a GREAT porject for an elementary school class as well! Heck, I think everyone in the nation could use some bucket filling nowadays!

 

Have you ever read this book? What did you think? Have you read one that covers the same premise? Share in the comments below!

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When I had Huff the Tot, I was very much committed to losing the baby weight quickly. After having Huff the Babe, however, my attitude is much more laid back.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to be back to my pre-baby bod, but if I can choose between taking an hour-long nap and an hour on the treadmill, Imma choose nap. Because of this, I told myself that I’ve REALLY got to start watching what I eat. I decided to start giving my usual splurges a healthy makeover, starting with ice cream!

I remembered there was an episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (yes, you read that right; I’m a mom, yo) in which Daniel and his mom make one-ingredient banana “ice cream”. I Googled the recipe and got to work.

Here’s what you need:

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That’s it. Bananas. As many or as few as you’d like (or have on-hand).

First, slice up the bananas and place them in an air-tight container:

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Then, pop the slices in the freezer. Ideally, you should leave them in overnight, but they can stay in as little as two hours.

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After they’ve frozen, pop them in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is creamy:

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After that, pour the mixture into another air-tight container and place it back in the freezer (again, either for a few hours or overnight. I left mine in overnight…mostly because I forgot about it-ha!).

Then, enjoy!

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I REALLY liked this! It had the consistency of gelato and was super yummy! Plus, it gave me that ice-cream-feeling without being full of fat and processed ingredients that I don’t need. This was a definite win!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe before?  What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

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I try not to let Huff the Babe watch too much TV. But, there are days that her energy levels are overflowing like my muffin top while I’m guzzling Diet Dr. Pepper and just trying to make it through the day. During those times I switch on Netflix, PBS, or whatever I can to get my little ball of perpetual energy to sit still for a few minutes.

Because of this, I’ve seen quite a bit of children’s television. Some good, some just plain annoying. So here is my definitive ranking of kid’s shows (that I’ve seen):

 

#7 Caillou

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We’ve only watched this show once. And it wasn’t even a whole episode. It was like 5 minutes. That is how annoying this kid is. Seriously. Don’t even waste your time.

 

#6 The Odd Squad

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My niece LOVES this show. She watches it all the time during her “tablet time”. But man, the kids on that show… they are…odd (terrible pun, I know). The show is kind of like Mr. Wizard on an acid trip.

 

#5 Tayo: The Little Bus 

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My sister is actually the one that introduce Huff the Babe to this. Its pretty cute, to be honest. Tayo is a cartoon bus from South Korea. The cartoon is awesome because it has horrible lip-dub, but in an endearing way. There are times it gets a little weird though. One of Tayo’s “talents” is playing songs with his farts. For reals.

 

#4 Thomas the Tank Engine

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I’ve been watching Thomas since my oldest nephew was HtB’s age. I loved watching him watch the show. I especially loved listening to him sing the title theme. He would pronounce Edward like “Penguin!”. My only problem(s) is Thomas can be kind of a punk sometimes. And Sir Toppham Hat? That guy’s like the worst boss ever.

 

#3 Sesame Street 

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Y’all, Muppets are my jam. I LURVES them! Especially Sesame Street! These guys were such a huge part of my childhood. They’re still good, I’m just a little sad that I don’t know a lot of the folks (or puppets) on the show anymore. Even Maria is leaving!

 

#2 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

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My little Gryffindor has just started getting into MLP. This is probably the only show she likes that I will continue to watch after she’s left the room. I can name all of the main ponies. I even have favorites. I guess you could call me a Brony. Or whatever the female equivalent is.

 

#1 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

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Of all the shows we’ve watched, this is by far Huff the Babe’s favorite. The catchy songs Daniel and his friends make up to help with daily tasks have actually come in handy with my little one. I honestly don’t have any complaints about this show. Except Katerina. That cat is super annoying.

 

What about you? What kid’s shows do you like? Which ones do you tell your kids are cancelled?