Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Teaching Your Tot To Say "I'm Sorry"

This is something every child struggles with and I believe it's a parent's responsibility to properly teach their child what "I'm Sorry" means and why it is polite to say it. There are so many kids nowadays that mumble the phrase without a care as to what it actually means...sometimes I feel this is almost worse than if the child didn't say anything at all. I work with all of the kiddos to try to help them understand why we say we're sorry. I came across this article by Parents magazine and I believe they hit the nail right on the head...Here's an excerpt of the article, along with great tips on helping to teach your child how to say "I'm Sorry"...

"Although your child probably notices when her friend or sibling is crying, she may not consider that her own actions could have caused the tears. "In order for preschoolers to sincerely apologize, they need to more fully develop their capacity for empathy," says Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., president of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, in Los Angeles. "To help foster it, explain how one action leads to the next." For instance, tell her, "When you pushed Olivia, it hurt her. Hurting her was not nice. When you do something that isn't nice, you need to say you're sorry. You need to tell Olivia you're sorry for pushing her." (Be sure to restate the transgression so your child links it to the apology.) Once you've tried that approach a few times, involve her in the conversation. You might sat, "I see Emma is crying. Can you think of why she might be crying? I see you have her doll. Do you think she misses it?"

Even with more empathy, apologies aren't going to come easily for preschoolers. "They may feel guilty or embarrassed about their actions and try to avoid admitting blame," says Dr.Nealon-Woods. If your son spills a glass of milk or he mistakenly bumps into his sister in the backyard but doesn't want to apologize, let him know that being sorry about a situation doesn't always mean that he did something wrong. "Tell him that everybody makes mistakes, but the important thing is we say we're sorry even when accidents happen," suggests Dr.Nealon-Woods. What is he does something intentionally that hurts someone? Make apologizing easier by suggesting how he could make amends. For instance, if he wouldn't share with his friend at the playground, advise him to give up one of his turns on the slide for the friend or hold out another toy for him to play with. "Kids feel empowered when they can take action to fix the situation," says Dr.O'Bryon. "Thinking of an apology as one part of a bigger action plan helps it feel less daunting"

If you want your child's apologies to be heartfelt regret rather than simple magic words to get her out of trouble, don't insist that she apologize immediately. (If the situation needs to be addressed right away, apologize to the other child on your child's behalf and explain that you will discuss the incident together later.) "Kids sometimes need a period to calm down before their apology can be genuine and they are able to think about ways to make amends," acknowledges Dr.O'Bryon."

It's a little lengthy for a blog post (sorry!), but I found the article to be very enlightening and had great examples that I will be implementing with my kiddos. For even more tips and tricks on helping your child say "I'm Sorry" read the full article! This post is not sponsored by Parents magazine, I'm just an avid reader and enjoy their large variety of arts & crafts, snacks & meals, and great parenting tips & tricks.

Julia Savacool. "Saying Sorry." Parents. Oct 2014:  163-164. Print.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Crock Pot Meatballs

I've been turning in to quite the little homemaker lately. Usually I leave the cooking to the hubby, but I've been whipping up a bunch of different dishes the past few weeks. Last night's craving of meatballs and my obsession with my crock pot led me to making this awesome, and very filling, dish!

  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 12 ounces bulk mild Italian sausage
  • 1 ¼ cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 (24 oz) jars pasta sauce (we can our own)
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together milk and eggs until combined. Add ground beef, Italian sausage, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder; I found it easiest to just mix with your fingers until well combined.
  2. Heat broiler to high, place on an oven rack about 4 to 5 inches from the broiler. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or oil. Using your hands, shape (about 40) 1 to 2-inch meatballs from the mixture; place on prepared baking sheets.
  3. Broil meatballs 6 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway through, until browned. Transfer to your crock pot - this recipe makes a LOT of meatballs, we only used about half of them and froze the rest and still had plenty left over (feeding a family of 3)
  4. Top meatballs evenly with sauce. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours in the crock pot until meatballs are cooked through to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F.
  5. Serve by themselves, on top of pasta, on split hoagie rolls with cheese for meatball sub sandwiches, or with homemade garlic bread - like we did

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Results Are In!

Friday could not come fast enough. I was a bundle of excited nerves as we waited for our first ultrasound. The first half of the ultrasound was measurements and anatomy checks to make sure the babe had all ten fingers and ten toes and was perfect in every single way. We're measuring a little bigger than expected. I was exactly 20 weeks at the appointment and baby is measuring at around 21 weeks and 6 days.

We weren't sure we were going to find out what our little one was, but after lots of poking and prodding, walking around and laying on my side, we were finally able to get a shot and determine the gender!

It's a BOY!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Baby Registry Must Haves

With our first ultrasound fast approaching, my mind has been all about BABY! We have slowly been working on a registry of all the items that we don't have from when my step son was a baby. While I'm still rooting for Team Pink, here are some items on my registry that are gender neutral, and I know I won't be able to live without once she (or he) makes their appearance.

Tom's Ware Unisex-baby Winter Lamby Hoodie | Johnson's Baby Soothing Vapor BathBritax Back Seat Mirror | Sophie The Giraffe | Skip Hop 4 Piece Crib Bedding Set, Treetop Friends

With our little one arriving in the dead of winter, what better way to keep them all snug and warm than with the Lamby Hoodie? C'mon, how cute is that?! Another item I was told MUST be on my list was Johnson's Baby Soothing Vapor Bath. This is a lifesaver for baby whenever they get stuffy or get a cold, which is bound to happen at some point. The Britax Back Seat Mirror is more for my piece of mind while driving and is a staple on almost every mom's registry. Sophie The Giraffe is the number one teether and I have heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone that I know that has one. Plus, I'm not a huge fan of character items or things that look obviously "baby" so I love that this is a cute whimsical piece that I won't mind seeing around my house on a daily basis.

And, my personal favorite is the Crib Bedding Set. I feel like everything baby is either safari or sea animals. Even though we are finding out the gender, I wanted a gender neutral nursery because I will be seeing plenty of pink or blue for the next 18 years! Our nursery (photos to come later!) is light gray with a dark gray accent wall. I plan on adding accents in pink or blue or green or yellow or any other color really, because the walls are such a neutral color I can easily coordinate it with anything. So, our little one's room will have lots of different whimsical woodland critters, starting with the adorable owl bedding set! :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Crab Rangoon Dip

2 cups crab meat
16 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
4 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp lemon juice

First, soften the cream cheese in the microwave for about a minute.
Chop your green onions. Add them and your two cups of crab meat .
Add the sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, powdered sugar, garlic powder and lemon juice.
Mix all the ingredients and bake for 30 mins at 350 degrees. Serve hot with chips or fried wantons.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


After a very long hiatus, Tasty Tidbits is back! I missed a few months here over the summer but, I had a very good reason, I promise! We are very pleased to announce that we are expecting a new addition to our family and he/she is expected to arrive near the end of January 2015! Aside from still being sick, I am at least able to function now - that first trimester was rough! So stay tuned for lots of new and exciting updates now that I am back on my feet (literally, I was either sleeping or puking from May/June through August) :)

Monday, June 23, 2014

No Bake Peanut Butter Oreo Dessert

Ingredients (Yield: 12-16 servings)
  • 20 chocolate cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 15 miniature peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix

Crush 16 cookies; toss with the butter. Press into an ungreased 9-in. square dish; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and 1 cup confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in half of the whipped topping. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with peanut butter cups.

In another large bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix and remaining confectioners’ sugar on low speed for 2 minutes Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in remaining whipped topping.

Spread over peanut butter cups. Crush remaining cookies; sprinkle over the top. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.

Source - Best Yummy Recipes