Festival fun and safety with young children

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Many families love to attend fairs, festivals, and carnivals with their babies and young children during the warm summer months. These events often include activities that are fun for the whole family. It is important to take the necessary safety precautions to ensure that everyone has a good time at these events, including you.

Do your research

Look up information about the event ahead of time so that you know what to expect. Check out the size of the event, the attractions and vendors that it includes, how the parking works, and whether or not strollers are allowed. Everyone in the family will be less stressed and better prepared if there are clear expectations. If your children are old enough to understand, talk to them about the event. For example, it can be helpful for them to know that it may be crowded and noisy and that they need to stay close to Mom and Dad at all times.

Be realistic about how long you should stay

The last thing that you want to do when you attend an event is set your children up to fail. Even if you regularly attended festivals multiple days in a row for long stretches of time each day before you had kids, your little ones will not be up for this type of schedule. Plan to avoid the busiest parts of the festivities and to take breaks from the action as needed.

Pay attention to the weather and plan accordingly

Most likely the festival or fair will include a lot of walking. Make sure that everyone wears sturdy, comfortable footwear that is suitable for lengthy periods on your feet. Check the weather before heading out the door and choose appropriate clothing. If it is chilly or there is a good chance that the temperature will drop later in the day, dress in layers. Bring hats, and make sure to apply sunscreen.

Keep in mind that thunderstorms can spring up unexpectedly during the summer. Have a plan of action in place so that you can seek shelter at the event or make it back to your car in a timely fashion in case there is lightning in the area.

Make smart decisions about meals and snacks

You want to make sure that your children are not hungry during the event, but you also want to avoid having anyone getting sick from the rides. If there are carnival rides, plan to ride them before you eat anything heavy or greasy, such as corn dogs and funnel cake. If your kids need a snack before going on the rides, stick to lighter options such as crackers and popcorn.

Drink lots of water

If possible, bring in your own water. Most festivals charge a premium for beverages. You don’t want to skimp on the water because it’s expensive. Keep in mind that when you feel thirsty, you’re already getting dehydrated. Keep the water flowing while you’re at the event so that there is no risk of this happening.

Take measures to prevent separation

Identify the security guards and stations at the event and point them out to your kids. Equip your children with contact information. Keep a piece of paper with your name and cell phone number with each child that he or she can give to an adult if needed. Stick together as much as possible. Any time a family member separates from the group, there is a greater risk of someone getting lost.

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Why Cooking With Kids Has Many Benefits

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When it comes to ideas for things to do with young children, cooking might not be high on the list. For many people it’s just another part of daily life rather than an activity to really get into, finding the time can be a problem, and most of us look forward to occasions when we eat out or order food in.

This is missing a big way to help your kids and your relationship with them, though. Cooking with kids is a wonderful idea that has a variety of benefits for both yourself and them. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons finding the time to do some cooking with your kids is a sound idea:

  • It’s a vital life skill. This is the most obvious starting point. Being able to cook is a supremely important skill that many people sadly lack. Now, obviously you’re not likely to be turning a young child into a world-class chef, but helping them learn the basics of cooking from an early age will place them in a strong position for learning more as they grow up. Cooking your own food gives you much more control over what goes into your body, and it’s a great skill for social occasions as well, so a good grounding from a young age is good for later life in more than one way.
  • It can be lots of fun. Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore, especially if you bow to a kid’s inevitable wishes to make something really fun. Suppose you bake a cake together – they can have a whale of a time helping to decorate it. Or maybe you’d like to make some cookies, which could be cut into all kinds of neat shapes from animals to sci-fi aliens. Even less ‘exciting’ dishes can still be made fun, the classic example being making a face out of bacon and eggs for breakfast.
  • Time spent together. We all know that spending time with the little ones is important but between jobs, chores, and time for yourself, finding that time can be a real challenge, especially if you’re a single parent. Well, one solution to this is to combine something that has to be done anyway with time spent together, and cooking is one of the best ways to do that. Your kids can contribute as appropriate for their age, perhaps by kneading dough or whisking eggs, while you take care of things involving the oven, and you’ll be in the same room doing something together. That’s a powerful way to grow closer and give you both the opportunity to talk to each other.
  • A sense of pride. Finally, the act of creating something is a source of pride, even moreso if it’s something that can be shared with other people. It may only be a small way, but if you cook something together and can enjoy a meal, or maybe share cookies with friends at school, it can really help your child understand the value of working on a task and seeing it through, and taking pride in their accomplishments.

These are just some of the benefits you could get from taking the time to do some cooking alongside your kids. Just remember to ensure they act safely and that you keep them away from hot or sharp objects, and you’ll be able to spend time together on something productive and rewarding!

Cooking with Kids: Make Your Own Chicken Nuggets

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It’s cold out AND Superbowl weekend.  If you family turns to great food during those two things, here’s a great recipe that you can make with the kids for your own tailgate party in front of the flatscreen this weekend.

Remember to wash hands thoroughly before starting and be prepared with paper towels.  This can be kind of messy to do with the kids, and some hate the feel of egg batter and will want to wipe their hands often.  But it’s still a fun recipe and will give the kids a feeling of accomplishement to be able to contribute a dish to the fun.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 chicken breast fillets (about 600g)
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 slices day old bread
  • 1/3 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

Method:

Have the kidstTear bread into pieces , then help them whiz in a food processor to get fine breadcrumbs.

Slice chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Let the kids putt the flour on a large square of baking paper.

Whisk eggs in a small bowl. Let  they kids take over to mix breadcrumbs, cornflake crumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl. While you supervise the kids can also coat the chicken pieces in flour, dust off, dip in egg wash and then coat in crumb mix. You may need to press the crumbs on. Place the coated chicken pieces onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180°C and bake the chicken for 10 minutes or until cooked through. To make the dipping sauce, combine mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce in a small bowl.

Serve nuggets with dipping sauce.

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