Whenever I need a laugh, I play a BuzzFeed food tasting video. The sniffing, the poking, the licking, the commentary and the reactions of delight and disgust make me laugh every single time.
It’s funny when it’s a grown-up in a video. It’s not so funny when it’s my three-year old at the dining table.
The next time KidFish does it, maybe I should lighten up because what she’s doing is completely normal. Trying new foods can be strange and scary, just ask any of the people in these videos.
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People try food of the future
Americans Try Korean Side Dishes
Americans Taste Test Australian Food
Being spontaneous does not come naturally to me, especially since I have two young kids. I like having a plan. I like being prepared. I like following a schedule. So, when I said, “Yes!” to a spontaneous trip to the beach, everyone was surprised (especially me).
Live in the moment. Let go. Get dirty. Get knocked over by waves. It’ll be okay. You know how I know? Because that day I laughed harder than I had in months.
Planning and preparation are good, but so is spontaneity. The reality is that I need a little bit of both in my life. I can’t plan everything and I can’t be prepared for everything. Even if I could, I don’t know if I’d want to because some of the most enjoyable and memorable moments are unplanned.
Right now there are dishes that need washing, clothes that need folding, counters that need wiping, carpets that need vacuuming, garbage that needs dumping and food that needs cooking. There are a lot of things that need to be done, but sometimes the best thing I can do for me and my family is to just go to sleep.
No sleep makes mama a grumpy lady and if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
Kids drop things. Kids spill things. Kids break things. It can be very frustrating, especially when they do all three on the same day. But, remember, adults drop, spill and break things too. Sometimes we even manage to do all three at the same time!
The next time KidFish drops, spills, or breaks something, do this: take a deep breath and remind myself that kids are just like adults, only smaller. That means responding to the situation the same way I would respond to an adult…with grace, understanding and a helping hand.
Diapers leak. Blowouts happen. Mid-change accidents are a frequent occurrence…especially with baby boys. The hardest part about it, though, is figuring out how to take off a wet, dirty onesie without getting pee or poo on baby’s face or hair.
It’s possible with this trick: instead of pulling the onesie up and over baby’s head, pull the onesie down off baby’s shoulders. (It’s especially easy with onesies that have envelop neck folds.)
Click here to see a video demonstration.
I’ve already used this trick 3 times in the past 24 hours. I hope it makes taking care of your little one a little easier! I know it has for me.
Adjusting to life as a family of 4 has been difficult because our newest member requires so much time, energy and attention. BabyFish needs love, but so does KidFish and sometimes it feels like there’s not enough to go around. While I can’t spend as much time with KidFish as I did before, I CAN still spend quality time with her by cuddling up on the sofa and reading her a story. These are a few of the books we’re enjoying lately. I hope you enjoy them too!
1. Mr. Topsy-Turvy by Roger Hargreaves
He’s one wacky guy! He sees things a little differently from everyone else-backwards!
2. Mr. Sneeze by Roger Hargreaves
Poor Mr. Sneeze-he lives in Coldland, where everyone has a cold! He’s tired of sneezing all the time, so he goes on a journey to try to find some relief.
3. Mr. Strong by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Strong may be a bit too strong for his own good. But if you need a helping hand–he’s your man!
4. Mr. Messy by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Messy is in a pickle when Mr. Neat and Mr. Tidy come to call.
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There are times in life when we are offered the chance to begin again, like starting a new job, moving to a new home or getting married. My new beginning is a little bundle of joy named BabyFish.