The Best Books For Kids

The world of fiction is an ideal starting point for a child’s intellectual, moral, and cognitive development. Through exciting adventures, fun rhymes, beautiful illustrations, and the occasional sensory experience, a child begins to make sense of the world, as well as the words we use, and the language we speak.

Here are some of the best books for kids.

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Did I really just say that?

I always used to think that my mom was so crazy when she would call me by my sister’s name or even worse by one of the dog’s name. But now that I have reached motherhood myself, I realize that crazy doesn’t exactly explain it. As a mom, you have (at minimum) five to ten simultaneous thoughts going on in your head at all times. These of course range from (as I try and write this so many things just zinged through my head that I was temporarily rendered paralyzed), I digress. Did I feed the dog, the baby, the three year old? Does the dishwasher have clean or dirty dishes? Did I run it last night? Have I changed the baby’s diaper oh no, did I get the 3 year old on the potty yet? I probably don’t need to continue with this train of thought as I probably just got you spinning off in your own, did I remember to…

But as I was saying, how “crazy” my mom was and how the apple has now not fallen far from the tree. My sister and I would also laugh so hard when our mom would tell us to get into the bathroom and wash our teeth and brush our face…this would of course have us burst into hysterical, sometimes maniacal laughter that would then produce something even funnier out of our mom’s mouth! Now, you all know where this is going…I of course, being completely sane and never having a crazy moment (huge lie here) have never said something like this to my daughter! Just the other night I heard my husband chuckling as I said to her, “now get into the bathroom and wash your teeth and brush your face.” I looked at him like he was daft to be laughing at me until I realized what I had said….yes, I am officially a mom now.

There are postings all over about the silly words/phrases that your toddler and preschool age children say but what about the gem of quotes that we could trade with each other? I have said so many things to my daughter that I crack myself up. Just this morning, we were leaving a store and I had the baby on the cart and the three year old was walking next to me, I turned to her and in my mind I said, “hold onto the cart or my hand please.” That wasn’t exactly what came out, what I said was, “Hold onto the curb please.” Huh? The three year old looked at me like I had lost it and my Grandmother (who we had taken to the pharmacy) was giggling and shaking her head with that Grandmotherly fondness.

This is only going to get worse I think. And instead of being scared of it, I have decided to embrace it. I want to call out to all you mamas and instead of telling us the cutie saying your little one did, how about your mama ditty for the day. I know it will brighten my day!

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Hanging up my Hooter Hider….For Now

Recently I’ve been counting the days until I’m done nursing and can wear a dress again. I hated that I was limited to two piece outfits only – pant and shirt, short and shirt or skirt and shirt. Seems like such a small thing to miss but I’ve finally started to feel a little limited with my wardrobe. Maybe it ‘s because the pants are still a little tight from the baby weight and the dress seemed like it would hide the excess weight a little better. Whatever the reason, I ‘m looking forward to the end of nursing.

My goal was to nurse my son until he was a year old and switch to regular milk and skip formula altogether. My son is now 14 ½ months and we are down to one feeding a day, typically before bed. We’ve gone back and forth from 1-2 feeds a day for the past two months. It has been a struggle for me because he had surgery right after his first birthday and it seemed mean to not give him what he wanted when he didn’t feel well. Then a couple weeks ago he had a bad cold and he needed the extra snuggles more than the milk, but it also helped him go to sleep faster without a fight from a sick baby.

When I first started weaning I tried to give him a bottle instead of nursing, but he just wasn’t having it. The only thing that worked for him was a sippy cup. The trick that has been working for me so far is changing up our routine before I put him in his crib for a nap. Instead of nursing him, I sit with him in the rocking chair. I offer him his Sippy cup – even though he declines it when he knows it is naptime. Then I either read him a couple of books or I sing him a song as he holds his blankie. Then I lay him in his crib and he takes a nap. I know I just have a few more rough nights of refusing him and we will probably be done.

I think at this at point it is about me struggling to let go of my baby and accept the toddler he has become. I struggle when he looks up at me with his big brown eyes and long eyelashes. He just melts my heart. The only thought that makes it easier to wean my son is the fact that we are planning to have another baby at some point and more importantly I am confident Bebe au Lait will have new fabrics that I will just have to have with the next baby.

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US Government Says Fight Childhood Obesity with Breastfeeding

Obesity is becoming a more serious problem in the United States and around the world, and many people are beginning to take notice. In the US, our first lady, Michelle Obama has been campaigning against childhood obesity with her “Let’s Move” program. The program aims to eliminate childhood obesity by 2030 by encouraging children to be more active and eat better, but also by ensuring that children have a wider selection of healthy eating choices. Continue reading

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