An Invitation to visit Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips on Facebook

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Granny Pants & Hudson (grandbaby #7)

In order to scale down my online time and to be more effective and helpful to parents on a daily basis, I have moved away from this blogsite. You are invited to preview my Facebook Page: Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips at http://GPDPT.com   

I now have parents from 9 countries following my daily tips!  Come and join our awesome group. (There is no solicitation involved, only sharing.) If you like what you see, become a follower and get Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips on your Facebook page to read and share with other parents as you see fit.

These are not trendy tips that will be here today and found out to be disastrous for our children and society tomorrow!  Granny Pants’ Daily Parenting Tips come from a preventive philosophy developed over 35+ years of experience  teaching, raising, and caring  for children of all ages from across the globe. 

Tips are also aligned with my book, The New Physics of Childhood: Replacing Modern Myths with Simple Strategies.

Parenting does not have to be as complicated as we make it out to be sometimes. When we focus on the basics, our children won’t exhibit many of the symptoms that DO complicate family life!  

See you on Facebook!  “Celebrate Every Day!”

Granny Pants

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June 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . America's+Best+Idea, Babies, Breastfeeding, Children, Cooking, Diabetes, Facebook Pages, Grandparents, Health+Children, Healthy+kids, La+Leche+League+International, nature, Nutrition, Obesity, Parenting, parents, Prevention, Recipes, school children. Leave a comment.

Give ’em soup, soup, and more soup!

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Fish Chowder

The easiest way to clean the fridge and nourish your kids in the winter is to pull everything out, cut up the little pieces of unused veggies, meats or fish if you choose, take a blender and blend 2 onions with water & some fresh garlic too if you have it. Throw it all in a pot and cook it. Begin serving toddlers soup & broth so they acquire an appreciation for the soothing, nourishing qualities of a good soup broth. 

Last night I was reminded of how easy and important it is to expose little ones to the goodness of soup. Ella just sat there in her high-chair, with her own little spoon, as I fed her with another. I made sure there was plenty of broth in every mouthful. Pretty soon, determined to learn to enjoy this delicious fish soup broth by her own hand, she fumbled a bit and eventually found a way to savour a few drops by tipping her spoon upside down into her mouth. She repeated this unlikely maneuver for about 10 minutes, slurping and spilling and enjoying every drop (while her bib caught the rest). 

Nothing makes my heart toastier than watching children eat the nourishing food I prepare for them. This was one of those moments. Little Ella is clearly a fan of fish soup and I was comforted by knowing that this particular fish soup made from a whole fish, the fish liver (incredibly rich in Vitamin D & other nutrients), leeks, potatoes, carrots, onion and a little cream was just what her body needed. 

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Vegetable Soup can be made from most any vegetables in the fridge

Don’t wait for the perfect ingredients. Experiment with what you have. When the vegetables are almost cooked, you can add the bits of leftover uncooked pasta, making it even more attractive to kids. Whether it’s lentils, pasta, rice, or potatoes, there is always something around you can pop in after the veggies to make a soup heartier. 

Remember the onions! This is the secret to flavor and garlic is great too! (Of course, chicken broth is a good back-up.) Then there’s the bits of lettuce, parsley, spinach, 1/2 tomatoes, etc…….. Every bit makes the soup and the broth more delicious and more nourishing! 

ENjoy and do not underestimate the value of teaching little ones to appreciate soup broth!!!!!!  Yummmmmm….

January 18, 2010. Tags: , , , . Babies, Cooking, Healthy+kids, Nutrition, Recipes, school children, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Coke or Pepsi or Formula or Rum-TAKE THE CHALLENGE!

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Coke, Pepsi, Formula, Rum-Take The Challenge to Find Out Why They Are Basically the Same!

FIND OUT WHY ALL OF THESE DRINKS ARE BASICALLY THE SAME!

Ok! This is not for the faint of heart. If you choose to remain in denial, that is your choice, but your children do not have a choice if you choose what they consume do they?

TAKE THE CHALLENGE! I CHALLENGE YOU TO WATCH THIS VIDEO & NOT TO CHANGE YOUR DIETARY BEHAVIOR!!!!! But you have to watch it in full to discover every single piece of this life-saving puzzle. It is 1 1/2 hrs. long and worth every single second! Pass it on to anyone you know.

Comfortable ignorance is costing us and our children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM 

Thank you for spreading the word!

P.S. I am NOT receiving financial gain from this video endorsement!

Granny Pants

January 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Babies, Breastfeeding, Children, Diabetes, Health+Children, Healthy+kids, Nutrition, Obesity, Parenting, Prevention, school children. Leave a comment.

10 Ways Every Adult Can Support a Breastfeeding Mother

 

People in a Mother's Environment Influence Her Breastfeeding Success or Failure

People in a Mother's Environment Influence Her Breastfeeding Success or Failure

“1. WHENEVER YOU SEE A NURSING MOTHER,  PRAISE HER FOR HER CHOICE TO BREASTFEED. For new mothers, the first few weeks can be a challenging adjustment, but difficulties do not mean failure. Persistence will result in success and many, many precious moments. (If a new mother has questions or doubts, encourage her to seek help from informed and knowledgeable professionals or successful, experienced nursing mothers instead of from trendy blog posts or mothers who did not have breastfeeding success. (For a reputable site, go to: http://www.llli.org/)

2. BE AWARE THAT THERE CAN BE RISKS IN INTRODUCING ANYTHING OTHER THAN BREASTMILK DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS. Risks may include a higher incidence of illnesses, ear infections, all allergies, obesity, diabetes, diarrhea, malnutrition, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

3. REINFORCE MOTHER THAT SHE HAS  PLENTY  OF MILK FOR HER BABY. Remind her that breast milk is produced by supply and demand. Supplementing her baby with other fluids will reduce a mother’s milk supply. Plenty of healthy fluids help mother produce plenty of milk. (Offer a breastfeeding mother a glass of water, milk, or juice every time she sits down to nurse.)

4. PROVIDE NURSING MOTHERS WITH A COMFORTABLE & SUPPORTIVE PLACE TO FEED her baby without shame or self-consciousness—even in public.

5. OFFER TO HELP MOTHERS WITH NON-FEEDING NECESSITIES like cooking, cleaning, and shopping so mothers can rest and enjoy dedicated feeding and crucial bonding moments with their babies.

6. INSIST THAT ALL THOSE AROUND A MOTHER  REFRAIN  FROM CONVERSATIONS THAT INSTILL DOUBT IN HER MILK SUPPLY. If a mother is feeling nervous, frustrated, inadequate, or fearful that she is starving her baby, her ‘let-down reflex’ may not release her milk, due to a stress response—even when she has plenty of milk! Babies with a higher need to suck are not necessarily hungry and may benefit from a pacifier or a frontal baby carrier in-between feedings.

7.  ENCOURAGE A MOTHER TO EXTEND HER TIME AT HOME WITH HER BABY BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK. Encourage mother to continue nursing while working with a breast pump and supportive caregivers/employers.

8.  PLAN AHEAD FOR TRAVEL STOPS during outings, vacations, or extended travel. Normal stops are about every two hours for feedings and diaper changes.

9. VISIT THE MOTHER AT HOME. Bring the entertainment to Mom, or make it easy for her to get out with her baby. Do not pressure a mother to leave her baby at home during feeding times.

10. ALWAYS TELL A BREASTFEEDING MOTHER THAT SHE LOOKS GORGEOUS. Maintain a socially acceptable attitude towards a mother’s body image and physiological changes during the breastfeeding period because this first year is the most important investment in a child’s health and development.

REMEMBER: PLENTY of REST, PLENTY of FLUIDS, FREQUENT NURSING, and ABOVE ALL a SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT WILL HELP MOM & BABY THRIVE in THEIR NEW RELATIONSHIP.”

 From Chapter 3

THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD: Replacing Modern Myths with Simple Strategies 

 

by Christina Ivazes, a.k.a. Granny Pants  © 2009

 

While THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD explores all stages of a child’s life from fetus to adult, Chapter 3 covers the many myths surrounding breastfeeding today. These myths are exposed to give babies and mothers a better chance to succeed in their breastfeeding relationship. 

 

What we really need to have healthier children is more support for parents to make better choices!

 

Please pass this important information on to anyone you feel will benefit, while respecting copyright laws.

http://TheNewPhysicsofChildhood.com   

THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD

THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD

October 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Babies, books, Breastfeeding, Children, Diabetes, Grandparents, Health+Children, Healthy+kids, La+Leche+League+International, Nutrition, Obesity, Parenting, parents, Prevention, school children, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

The Backfire No One is Talking About

Everyone Wants To Get In On The Action!

Everyone Wants To Get In On The Action!

When something becomes taboo, it is normal for curiosity to follow. If a child sees something hidden from them, they naturally gravitate towards it.

The curiosity to know is human nature and no one demonstrates this better than a child.

When children are told they can do something that others cannot, those who are left out feel like the losers, even if it is just the ‘purple cup’ . They will try to get whatever it is, no matter how insignificant it may be.

I remember when my four siblings and myself used to fight over the ‘baby spoon’. Who cares! We cared! It was special because only one person could have it when we ate our cereal in the morning. As I reflect back today, it must have drove our Mother crazy.

We all want to have access to what others have. When we feel left out of this equation, we will end up focusing more attention on whatever it is we don’t have to change the feelings of being left out. Deep down, we all want to belong and yet at the same time we still want to feel special too. 

When a child cannot eat what other kids eat at school, it is almost guaranteed they are going to figure out a way to get that food, even if it means swapping, because the other kids will want what ‘novelty’ they have too!

When a parent has an ‘off-limits’ area in the house, a child will try to find a way to get in. Curiosity, the desire to belong, and the desire to feel special are powerful motivators.

Creating a more ‘matter of fact’ approach around ‘off-limits’ areas will minimize the attention they get. Unsafe, unhealthy, and unproductive items and behaviors can easily be avoided if they are made unimportant and unattractive by removing them from sight, sound, and suspicion.

Out of sight out of mind is usually a safer, more effective approach. Especially if it is combined with engaging, healthy alternatives!

Following this train of thought, isn’t it interesting that President Obama’s speech to schoolchildren caused such a stir from people who viewed it as taboo and against their political ideology.

Unfortunately, what could have been a ‘matter-of-fact’ moment became a highly publicized and politicized event. It garnered more attention as a result and really in the end, what was a very productive speech to empower schoolchildren to take responsibility for their education, surely caused some students across the country to feel very left out!

Is this really the result parents were looking for?

Next time a parent is so afraid of something they don’t want their children to be exposed to, maybe they shouldn’t give it so much attention!

September 8, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Babies, Children, Grandparents, Parenting, parents, President Obama, school children, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.