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How Do I Get My Young Children More Involved in the Kitchen So That They Become Better Eaters?

How Do I Get My Young Children More Involved in the Kitchen So That They Become Better Eaters?

How do you get young children to get more involved in the kitchen, with the goal of hopefully getting them to be better eaters overall? A classic parenting conundrum! A mom wrote in, asking for advice on how to get her toddler and preschooler to help out in the kitchen. She asked for any recommended “tips, tricks, or recipes.” Writer and mom-of-two Samantha Cooper weighs in with some advice on the topic. A Mamas Uncut fan asks: “I want my toddler and preschooler to start helping me in the kitchen. Hoping this will help them become better eaters. Any tips, tricks, or recipes recommend?” – Mamas Uncut Community Member YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: A Mom’s Relentless Journey to Help Two of Her Daughters Overcome Their Anaphylactic Food Allergies Advice from Samantha Cooper Having younger children help in the kitchen is something that can be the pride of many parents. Allowing children to help in the kitchen can come with its own set of trials, but many are easy to work around. Teaching proper kitchen hygiene is very important, especially learning that raw meats can make a person quite sick. Teaching handwashing is highly imperative as well. We worked out way into the …

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When did you transition your child to a toddler bed?

My son is almost 17months old, and I am due to have another child in roughly two months. Lately, I have been considering moving my 17month old from a cot to a toddler bed, he sleeps through the night and goes to sleep without any protest but can also be a light sleeper at times. Any advice from mums with babies close in ages would be great Thank you. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My uncle buys his 13 year old cigarettes: Can I lose my kids?

My uncle is buying cigarettes for his 13 yr kid. I currently live with than with my children. Can I get into trouble if they get caught? I already told my uncle the concerns with it, and he doesn’t care. He also allows her to smoke pot with him, and neither has a license. I have four kids and don’t agree with any of them. Anyone have any advice. My living arrangements are only temporary, maybe another six months. If the state gets called, will they take my kids? Will I get in legal trouble for it? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Advice on getting full custody?

Hello, I am a single mum to a Two-year-old boy myself, and my ex doesn’t have a custody arrangement. He is currently in my full care. Start of last year he was having him two times a week until I found out he was back on drugs and stopped visits until he provided a clean drug test which he did months later and I started visits again until end of last year I had suspicions he was back on drugs and his family confirmed he was so I cut off visits again and have gone through mediation to help with fixing our friendship to be able to talk and agree on things for our son he agreed to provide a drug test in November and hasn’t. I let him see him on Christmas day for my son’s sake; I’m looking to get legal advice to start the process of getting full care. (custody) and court-ordered drug tests and supervised visits with a family member until he proves his doing better. Has anyone else gone through this type of situation and can provide advice or things that I should be doing? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community …

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Needing advice on my current situation

I’ve had sole custody of my ex son for almost 16 months out of his 2 & a half years. I’ve been his stepmom since he was a month old. Long story short, my ex & I split over a year ago due to his drug use. I am not my son’s biological mother. She is an addict, as well. Both my ex and my son’s bio mom feel they can pop in & out of his life whenever they feel like it. In August, my son’s sisters came to live with us as well. The girls & my son share a Mom but different fathers. Their mom has no idea the girls are even here. She thinks they’re living with their Dad. He couldn’t financially take care of them. I am trying my best to keep them all in a happy, safe home. Fo, I keep allowing their biological parents to keep popping in & out when it pleases them or do I set boundaries. The girls are teenagers & are in counseling for a good reason. All their mom does is hurt them when she does call. All my ex does is play games trying to use my …

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Advice on Disney vacations?

MAMAS WHO HAVE BOOKED DISNEY VACATIONS- what are your tips and tricks for where to stay (FLORIDA) what to do (schedule?) and must-haves for a week of fun! My daughters will be 2 1/2 and 6 months when we go. First time for my daughters and husband Go! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

I don’t like what my step-mom’s mom makes my son call her: Advice?

How do you address people talking your child to call something you do not approve of? Long story short, my stepmoms, mother, is making my son call her LaLa. She is not a nice woman and does not like my husband or my self. I don’t like that my son is forced to call her something. But I don’t know how to put it nicely Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Will my son lose his survivor benefits if my fiance adopts him?

Can you ask as an anonymous fan question: My son’s father passed away when he was six months old, and his bio dad was never on the birth certificate. My son collects social security survivors benefits from his bio father, and my question is if my fiancé after we get married adopts my son, will he lose those benefits? We don’t make a lot of money, and those benefits help with raising my son, and it would impact our household income greatly of my son were to lose those benefits. What’s the process of adoption when the father is deceased and never on the birth certificate? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My family is against me moving in with my boyfriend: Thoughts?

Hi, I wanted to post a question. I’m a 21-year-old single mother of a two-year-old living with my grandmother. My boyfriend and I have been talking about moving in together and have decided it would be a good idea. We agreed that I would move three and a half hours away to stay with him. However, my parents a very much against it. My parents and I are very close, and my dad has helped me a lot financially, so it’s tearing me up to have them against me like this. It’s making me start to wonder if moving in my boyfriend would be worth losing my relationship with my parents. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

What age do you think it’s appropriate for girls to get their nails done?

What age do you ladies think is appropriate for a young girl to get their nails done? My daughter is 7 (almost 8 ) years old and loves to put on the glue on little girl nails, which fall off the same day. I was considering taking her to the nail salon for her 8th birthday and getting her a set, but still, feel like it could be too young. I wouldn’t let her get them long, or too crazy, but a simple, short, calm style, would still make her happy. What age did you mama’s let your girls get their first set at? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Lately my bonus kids mom has been taking them on weekends that are supposed to be ours: Advice?

We have a blended family; we try to keep things fair for everyone. We are supposed to get my bonus kids every other weekend; it seems like lately, their bio mom has been picking them up for birthday parties every weekend we are supposed to have them, she picks them up a couple of hours early to get dressed, brings them back whenever. And the kids that live at home get left out. At first, it didn’t really bother them, but its starting to. Is this just something you deal with while co-parenting, or should we say enough is enough? Are our weekend time for us to spend with our kids? We only see them twice a month. And we plan important events around the parenting plan. So no one misses out. I get that sometimes that doesn’t always work out, but we have had to say on numerous occasions that so n so won’t be there because they are not here this weekend or whatever. So should we just leave it, or say something? We hardly get to spend time with them. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

I found out my ex is making our 4-year-old sleep on the floor: Advice?

My ex and I have 50/50 custody of our two daughters four-year-old and seven years old, my four-year-old go potty just fine during the day with no accidents but has trouble getting up at night and ends up peeing the bed. Today picking my seven-year-old from school told me her daddy doesn’t let our four-year-old sleep on the bed and is making her sleep on the floor. My question is, is this abuse? What should I do about this without getting my seven years old in trouble with her dad for telling me about the situation? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Is my ex allowed to claim our child on taxes?

Is anyone familiar with the laws on filing your children on taxes? According to the divorce, we rotate, claiming our daughter every other year. This would be his year according to the divorce (2017), but he hasn’t paid child support in 2 years. Not once. Is he still allowed to file her? I don’t feel like it’s fair at all. I don’t want to get into any legal trouble, but I feel like I rightfully should file her. I’ve been the only one providing everything. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My in laws constantly go behind my back and exclude me: Thoughts?

I have in-laws who always seem to exclude me or go behind my back when at all possible. I have discussed this with my husband, and he has told them how I’d felt a couple of times in the past. It’s never really changed much, and I’ve learned to live with it as long as they aren’t blatantly disrespectful to my face. The way I see it is if they want to have ugly hearts behind closed doors, that’s on them and not my problem. So today, I was on Snapchat on my hub’s phone (I don’t have a snap, so I’ll use his for the filters sometimes), and a message comes through from his sister saying oh, I was gonna facetime the kids but nvm. I didn’t think anything of it, but when I went to swipe the notification away, I opened it instead and saw my name. So basically, she asked if my husband was at home with our two kids and if I was at work. He replied yes that he was at home and that I had just gotten home from work, why? To which she replied the message (stated above) that I had accidentally opened. …

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When do you say enough is enough with family drama?

How is much drama in a family too much? From the beginning, there’s always been some sort of drama! Mainly my lovely sister in law, she needs to have all the attention, she needs to have everything go her way, or she lashes out! She’s mean, she spreads rumors, she lies, she physically abuses my brother in law and has openly admitted it and has tried several times to come between my husband and me! Now I have forgiven and let it go several times, but enough is enough! Her narcissistic ways have weighed down too much on my own little family, and it’s not fair. I’ve since cut ties with her, and now the whole family is turning against me and blaming me because “it’s about the kids” even though she has been a horrible nasty person to so many people, it’s somehow become my fault! I’ve told my mother in law that we just want peace and happiness and love and no drama and she told me “it’s not a perfect world” SO I’m asking how much “drama” do you all have in your family! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has …

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How can I change my sons last name?

The bio dad was never in the picture. My sons are going to be eight .ive been with my husband for almost eight years. I want to change his last name because I two more kids with my husband they have his last name, but he doesn’t and his getting to that age of asking questions my sons doesn’t know that my husband is not his father need help how to change it but don’t where to start I live Dallas tx The bio dad is not in BC My sons has never seen his bio dad My husband raised him since he was 4months. Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

Advice on a non formula milk for a toddler?

Mommas, any suggestions on non-formula milk for my 15-month-old? He had reflux as a newborn all the way through to about nine months old. He is currently on Similac Spit-up formula, but I’m looking to switch him to regular milk without his reflux coming back. I’ve already tried 2% & he liked it, but it automatically constipated him. The same thing happened with Soy milk. Any suggestions for milk that won’t affect his reflux or pooping? Thank you!!! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

How can I calm my 3-year-old?

I’m a mum with a 3yr old monster lol and 2nd child on the way. Well, my question is, how do u calm down a 3yr? He’s hyperactive all the time, don’t listen and thinks he’s the boss. We do grow but still nothing. Help!!! Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

The woman who babysits my kids let’s her kids run wild: Advice?

I’m a single mom of 3 boys ages 15, 13, and 3. I do not live close to any family members and because I’m a mom 24/7 with no personal time except work, I have no “friends.” I have one co-worker who is a single mom of 4 boys that lives 45 minutes away. She and I have both agreed to watch each other’s children one night a week, so we can pick up an extra shift at work. Her mom style is a little different from mine. Meaning, she lets her four boys scream inside, jump on furniture, throw temper tantrums, fight each other, etc… I appreciate her helping me immensely, but I’m starting to see her children’s behavior influencing my youngest son’s choices and actions. I feel like raising my children on my own and having to counteract behavior issues that were never a concern before are even more exhausting. I have asked my youngest son’s dad several times for help with $ for daycare and splitting the time to watch our child when he’s sick so I don’t miss numerous days of work to no avail. He is homeless, lives in his car, has no bills, but …

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My son said some things about school on snapchat and got in trouble at school: Thoughts?

I got a call from my teenage son’s school saying that the teacher was shown a screenshot of his Snapchat saying “Dear School, F you and especially Mrs. ……….” She was very upset on the phone and said that he’d be seeing the principal and may get ISS. I told her that although it was offensive and disrespectful, it wasn’t directed to her, she would have never seen it unless she was shown, and it wasn’t posted while he was at school. She said it was serious because it involved the school and “we take threats and anything like that seriously.” I replied, but it wasn’t a threat. He’s definitely in trouble at home because he shouldn’t be disrespectful of adults and authority figures. But how can they punish him at school for using free speech on his personal Snapchat that the teacher should never have seen? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

How can I get my 2-year-old off the bottle?

I have a two-year-old that refused to drink from a sippy cup!!! Every time I give it to him, he just chews on it and looks around for his bottle I need help I’m having a baby in less than six months and need to get him off the bottle ASAP!!!! Any advice!?!? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My mom constantly eats the food that I buy for my son and I: Advice?

I’m currently staying with my mother, and I pay my way and also have to buy my own food for my son and me. Constantly my mom keeps eating our food, eating my son’s bread that he has for breakfast and lunch. I’ve asked her to stop unless she gives me money towards groceries, and I’ll buy for us all, but she won’t and still continues to eat our food. Need advice, please Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.

My 16-year-old wants to drop out of school: Advice?

I need some advice with my 16-year-old son who does not want to go to school anymore, let me say that he has always been an A and B student in a Gifted program then in Cambridge he’s very smart but does not want to finish high school he has set his mind to just going for the GED then he is going to college, how can I get my son to go back to school and graduate would see him walk with his cap and gown. Please help thank you Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.