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Why do… 

Why do other parents judge other parents? 

Seriously parenting is a amaxing special journey for everyone in everyone’s own way. Some are very laid back and some are very serious. Some parents feed their children a totally organic diet, some people feed their children totally on processes food. Some parents go vegan or vegetarian. And some parents breastfeed until their child is 3 to 4 years old. Who are we to judge?

Some parents want their children to look clean and respectable at all times and some really don’t mind if they are covered in mud from head to toe! Obviously going to a wedding covered in mud wouldn’t be wise would it? 

Most of us are either parents or have been parents. Why do people feel they need to judge when your darling child is having a full blown tantrum in Tesco or at the play park . I’m sure we have all been there where we have had somebody who is clearly a parent with  their anglic child sitting in the trolley whilst yours is pulling everything from the shelfs and they are giving you a strange look, or worse tutting at the behaviour.  
The little baby in the buggy refusing his or her nap time and mum or dad is walking down the street looking exhausted because they have been rocking their little prince or princess for the last 30 minutes to try and get them to settle and decing a nice walk may just do the trick.

I just want to say we have all been there. All we should be doing is praising every mum,dad and anyone who has the role of a parent. We should be supporting the mum who’s toddler has thrown herself on the floor because she doesn’t want to leave the play park. We should be high fiving the dad who’s said no to the son who wants a magazine but he isn’t allowed because he threw a  toy at his sister earlier that day. Support and Compassion is all a parent needs. Not judging the parent or the child. We need to remember we have all been there at one time or another.

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Eating Fruit and Veg

They have changed it again! How many Fruit and Veg should we be eating a day?

In 2014 we should all of been eating at least 5 a day. Now in 2016 less than 3 years later it has now gone up to 7 a day.

I hear you say 7 a day! I don’t even manage that myself let alone the children! We manage at least 4-5 a day.

We have started to encrease the amount of Fruit and Veg we eat as a family, and not just one colour of Fruit and veg the mix of diffrent colours gives diffrent benefits to you and your child.

A potion size for a adult and child is actually the same size as your hand scrunched up into a ball. That is how much veg, fruit,pasta, ,meat etc you should actually be eating and some people say eating up to 5 times a day too!

This week we have actually managed to eat 7-8 a day! Go me, and the children and the hubs!

Bear has eaten mostly fruit products and to be honest I don’t mind they have been lot’s of diffrent colours. Bell has eaten fruit and veg.

We have mixed the fruit and veg into diffrent way’s we eat them. There are many way’s to get fruit and veg into the diet.

Hidden Vegetables

Hubs doesn’t like corguette so I gratit into a stew. cassorole or a spag bol. This can also be used for other veg such as mushrooms, onions, leeks, peppers and tomatoes (maybe use a blender to chop the tomatoes up or it could get messy!)

Smoothies

There are so many type’s of smoothies in the shops now a day’s with a mix of fruit and veg in. Bear doesn’t like beetroot but he will drink a smoothie with beetroot in! You can also make your own from fresh fruit and veg so simple but can get expensive unless you are like me and try and catch the reduced section!

Making Kebabs

This is our favourite of all time! Great for picnic’s and for having friends around. It can be cheap or expensive depending on what fruits you choose.

Frozen or Fresh

There are so many choices of fruit and veg. You can buy frozen, fresh,tinned and Jarred. There is certainly no right or wrong choices to this. I would say check the salt and sugar level’s in the item as it can be very high!

Fruit juices

Great for children and adults alike. But as I have said check the salt and sugar levels.

Watching I can Cook On Cbeebies or other cookery programs for children.

We have had to buy the I can cook cook book as Bell and Bear love the program and the ideas are so healthy and yummy! There is also a great choice of cook books for parent’s but don’t forget many chef’s have started to produce cook books suitable for family life.

 

Toddler groups

Many toddler groups still have juice and biscuits. I am trying to find toddler groups in my area which do Fruit or healthier snacks instead as it will help to encourage eating fruit or a healthier snack.

I sound like the perfect parent! I am seriously not no parent is perfect!

Sunday’s have seemed to turn into sweet and popcorn day and the fruit and veg also tend to be halfed! (whoops!) We also have endless supply of ketcup and BBQ sauce in the fridge too! (and its not reduced sugar!!!!)

I am very anti adding salt into any cooking, I also try and make any cake’s we have from scratch as i know exactly what is going into it.

I have been watching lot’s of programs on what actually happen’s to our food and it is very much a eye openner. I am seriously consdiering changing our families diet to either vegan or Vegetariam but for this to work Bear needs to start eating more Veg!