Fighting The February Boredom Doldrums: Ideas For How To Keep Kids Occupied During Colder Months

Bella Breakdown When the weather is cold and the days are short, being cooped up indoors can become somewhat of a tedious situation for our little ones. Let’s be real – it’s not easy for us either. It is during this time that parents end up hearing “I’m bored!” continuously from kids. It might be tempting to give in to allowing your kids extra time watching television, or playing on tablets and phones. However, rather than allowing your kids to zone out in a mindless way, try getting creative instead. Kids need to be active. Their little bodies need the...

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Great Meal Options For Kids During Colder Weather

Bella Breakdown With the winter weather comes a desire for warm and hearty meals. The following are a few recipes that will please everyone, especially your kids. It will make parents happy because they are healthy recipes that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. Cheese Fondue Don’t be intimidated by making fondue. It is actually really easy to make! Also, you can make it healthy by choosing healthy selections to dip into the melted cheese. If you have a pot and some forks, then you can make fondue. I use fontina and gruyere cheeses because those are both...

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Tips For Caring For Tiny Teeth

Bella Breakdown We celebrate their coming in and we celebrate their falling out. Your child’s baby teeth are cute and precious. While they are temporary, it is still important to take good care of them. Actually, it is important to start caring for their pearly whites before they even come in.  Brushing and Flossing: When your baby is small, it is important to wipe their gums with a soft clean washcloth or an infant gum massager (a little tool you pop onto your finger to rub your baby’s gums). Once your little one’s first tooth emerges, use an infant...

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4 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was a Parenting Newbie

Bella Breakdown I love giving advice, as long as it is something I am somewhat knowledgeable about. One of the reasons I love giving advice on parenting is because I have 3 kids and I figured SO many things out through trial and error (lots and lots of errors). Therefore, I certainly can’t claim to know it all (not even close), but if I can save a parent even a little bit of frustration, especially a brand new parent, that makes it worthwhile! 1. The importance of sleep. When I had my first child, I thought that the later...

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Bye, Bye, Baby: The Ins & Outs of Separation Anxiety

Bella Breakdown The crying, screaming, tears and wailing – these are the sounds many of us are familiar with when we need to leave our children home with a caregiver, at daycare or school. Around 8 months, children learn that they can exert their influence over their parents with these dramatic outbursts. Separation anxiety can occur at any time, any age and sometimes without warning. However, just because these outbursts are difficult for us as parents, it doesn’t mean that we can drop everything we need to get done and stay home.  Remember that the crying usually stops within...

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