Thursday, September 30, 2010
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
- promotes an intimate connection between parent and baby, and is considered one of the most important factors in the healthy physical, intellectual and social development of infants
- promotes good digestion which is believed to greatly ease the distressing symptoms of colic and reflux
- enables the mother to be acutely aware of her baby's cues and signals and heightens her perception of her child's needs
- reduces crying and fussiness by up to 51%, with parents feeling more competent and nurturing toward their children
- provides a baby with a rich learning environment where all of their most important needs can be met - food, warmth, love and touch
- the babies learn more, stimulating brain development and expanding their future learning potential (for example watching while you cook or prepare dinner)
- provides the exact level and kind of stimulation an infant requires, energizing their nervous system and creating a quiet, calm alertness in the infant
- helps to develop the muscles needed for the infant to sit, stand and walk
- babies worn in slings feel safe and secure which helps to foster a solid sense of self
- offers easy access to the infant's food source - mothers' breast milk, without having to stop or sit down
Monday, September 20, 2010
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Sometimes we have two sittings for weeknight dinners at our house, simply because the Mr isn’t home til late. Cooking two dinners is a bit of chore but I often cook his noodle soup, a favourite with my children, which only takes about 5 minutes. This gives more time to cook something more elaborate and spicy for the adults to eat later.
As long as you have the noodles and soup in the cupboard, you can make the rest with whatever fresh ingredients you have on hand. It’s a great stand by recipe to have at your fingertips.
Easy Noodle Soup
Organic soba noodles - I buy these from the supermarket. Each pack has three bundles of noodles and I use one bundle for two small children. I like soba noodles because they contain buckwheat flour which is very nutritious and has a lovely nutty flavour.
Vegetable stock – (I use Spiral Instant Dashi Blue which is made from seaweed and shitake mushrooms which you can pick up at the health food store. It seems pricey, about $12 a pack, but that will makes 20 serves of this soup). But you could use any of your favourite stock or stock cubes (I like the massel brand) but if you’re using cubes, just watch for saltiness.
1 cup of vegetables made up of broccoli florets, matchstick carrots, sugar snaps, sliced mushrooms, peas or whatever vegetables you have on hand.
A handful of diced tofu or sliced Chinese omelette
- Cook noodles as directed on pack, drain and divide between two serving bowls.
- Meanwhile, measure 2 cups of water (or stock) into a small saucepan, bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer. Add ½ packet of dashi stock. Season to taste with a few drops of soy sauce. I might add a few slices of ginger and garlic for extra flavour to the broth and remove before serving.
- Add vegetables and tofu if using and simmer for up to a minute depending on the vegetables. They should stay crunchy.
- Check the seasoning again, adding more soy if required and some mirin and sesame oil. Divide the vegetables and tofu onto the noodles and pour soup over the top. Top with omelette strips. Allow the soup to cool a little before serving
- Best enjoyed with loud slurping noises.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
- Read to children from before birth. Babies learn language even before they are born. As they listen to sounds from such an early age they are able to identify familiar voices and they grasp the variances in phonics, learning simple phonemes like bah, pah and dah.
- It has been said that reading aloud to children when they are young enables their language skills to develop in an accelerated manner. Engaging them in meaningful, happy and thoughtful conversations when reading helps to develop brain concentration and sharpen their thinking abilities. And the importance of reading aloud doesn’t stop when children are small, the benefits to reading aloud when children are older are invaluable.
- When reading to children have fun! Getting involved in the story and being a good story teller engages children’s attention and provides a love and enjoyment of reading.
- Get children used to print in a variety of mediums. This can be in the form of catalogues, cereal boxes, signs, billboards, postcards etc. Children who are exposed to a variety of print are still learning to read and are also discovering why we read. At home a simple idea I have used is to write signs, laminate them and stick them above the items they relate to e.g. door, kitchen etc., simple but effective.
- Reading a book repetitively is also an excellent way to build upon their reading skills. Children are better able to predict the text when they are familiar with the book.
- Provide books with rhyming words and also sing nursery rhymes, not only are they fun and have predictable text, it also allows them to recognise words with common sounds. When reading, direct children to rhyming words and encourage them to make up their own, even if they don’t make sense. Getting an understanding of what makes a rhyming word is what’s most important.
- Look at letters individually when reading, is another way to encourage reading development. A fun game may be to choose a letter and find as many words that start with that letter.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
2/3 c. sesame seeds
1/2 c. shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 c. raw cashews (chopped into pieces)
1/2 c. slivered almonds
7 cups of rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
mix the above in large bowl and set aside
1/4 cup butter
1/3 c. honey
1/3 c. sesame oil
1 tsp. vanilla
heat butter, oil, and honey until butter is melted, remove from heat and add vanilla, pour over raw ingredients in bowl, stir till well mixed & coated. spread on cookie sheet bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool and add in 1 cup of currents.
This is actually a family recipe. It is delicious with milk or yogurt for breakfast, and makes an amazing snack for little ones.