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Here is your step by step guide for teaching your children how to measure, chop, slice, flip, bake and much more. Let the fun begin.

First you will want to introduce your child to washing, slicing, simple chopping, measuring, tasting and even improvising. Salad prepared with a homemade salad dressing is the perfect dish for new chefs. It is not hard to do, but it does have a number of tasks to do and it is an important part of the meal. For kids that are ready to go a bit further, making croutons from scratch will not only add a delicious crunch, but it will also introduce your little chef to working with heat.

How do you teach salad making?

Set up your work space. As you explain the importance of rinsing fruits and vegetables, set up your child at a clean sink or a large bowl filled half with cold water. If it is needed, have him stand on a sturdy chair or even a step stool. After swishing the herbs and lettuce for a bit, your child can put them in a salad spinner and whirl everything dry. Then tear everything into bit sized pieces. Have him rinse grapes and cucumbers in a small colander and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Introduce peeling and slicing.

Show him how to peel the cuke by dragging the peeler lengthwise from end to end. Always peel away from the body. Make sure you put the vegetable on a stable surface. Do not be tempted to hold it in the air. Peel away from your hands and always work directly in front of you. For cuke slicing, a wavy knife is the best bet. Let your child decide how thick or thin he wants the slices to be. Also, have him use a skid proof cutting board for a little extra added safety.

Mixing the dressing and tossing the salad.

Set up a little science lab where your child can learn to make salad dressing, first by using your recipe. Then he can move on to creating his own in future lessons. After he has added the dressing to the salad, he can practice his tossing skills with a pair of tongs. Be sure to explain that tossing means pulling the bottom leaves up to the top and not throwing the salad out of the bowl! Let him be the first to taste a leaf to test whether the salad has enough dressing.

Cooking with your kids can be fun. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Ignite a can not put it down spark with our surefire picks and tips. Raise a kid who loves to read.

You have probably heard it before, but we will say it again: Reading makes kids smart. Engaging with kids books helps them excel in school. It will strengthen their vocabulary and spelling, as well as help them in math, science and reasoning skills. It gives them a sense of empathy, motivation and curiosity. I am sure you get the point. Reading is critical.

So now how do you get your kid hooked on reading books? Read to them, at least once a day. After that, the key is to be interactive. That means asking them a lot of questions, pointing out details for them in books and encouraging them to retell the story they read in their own words.

It is never too late to start. For little readers, make the experience tactile: Urge babies to touch and turn the pages. You can also mime actions, such as, eating and use toys for props.

As your child grows into the toddler years, identify colors and shapes on each page and then point them out in the world around you. Now is the time to start asking questions as well. (Where did the dog go? Why was Dad sad?) Help them relate to character’s emotions by asking them if they ever felt the same way.

Use your cutie’s love of imagination play to your advantage by visiting the library and making it a game at home. Stamp books and scan a pretend library card. Role playing can help set kids up for a positive lifetime habit.

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Why can’t my child sleep?

We all have occasional trouble sleeping, but up to 10 percent of children report ongoing problems. Some wrestle with shuteye because their brains won’t turn off. For others, it is irregular routines, trouble sleeping alone, or over stimulation from TV. Poor diet and lack of exercise may also contribute. The first step in relieving your child’s sleep difficulties is to find the cause. Check with your pediatrician to rule out a medical reason. Then, focus on adjusting your family’s routine to foster better sleep. Try increasing his activity level during the day so he is more tired at night, but finish physical activity at least two hours before bed. The same is true for other stimulating activities, like TV or video games. Help your child learn to relax before hitting the hay by reading quietly to himself. See some post about kindergarten. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends.

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