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Signs Your Baby is Ready for Solids

Signs Your Baby is Ready for SolidsFeeding your baby is one of the biggest responsibilities of new parenthood. Breastfeeding is also one of the most rewarding aspects of being a new mom. The effort, love and thoughtfulness you put into breastfeeding will surely continue once your baby is ready for solids.

Breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby for the first six months of her life and should continue once solids are introduced. But when exactly should that transition happen? It differs for every baby. Today we’re reviewing signs your baby is ready for solids.

Your Baby is at least 4 Months Old

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised their guidelines for introducing solids to recommend beginning between four and size months depending on the baby’s readiness. But some pediatricians and breastfeeding experts still recommend exclusive breastfeeding until six months or more. One thing everyone can agree on is that solids are not appropriate for your baby’s body prior to four months of age regardless of other signs your baby is ready for solids.

Your Baby Can Sit Up with Support

Sitting up is an essential part of eating. If your baby can sit with back support without tipping to one side or flopping forwards, this is a sign of readiness. Some experts believe babies shouldn’t eat until they can sit independently without back support.

Your Baby Shows Interest in Food

Forcing food into your baby’s mouth before she is ready is not necessary, even if that’s well past six months. If your baby sees you and other family members eating and is interested in it, she’s more likely to want to try it herself. Babies that show no interest in others foods will probably not be successful eaters at that time because putting food in the mouth and chewing are mimicked motions for babies.

Your Baby Doesn’t have the Tongue Thrust Reflex

Babies are born with a reflex that causes their tongues to push things out of their mouths. This is called the Tongue Thrust Reflex. Feeding a baby who still has it will be frustrating for everyone. The Tongue Thrust Reflex usually goes away by around four months.

Your Baby is Working on the Pincer Grasp

Grasping food is imperative to your baby’s successful eating. She may not have it down perfectly at first, but she should at least be trying to grab items with her thumb and forefinger, which will be essential for picking up food and putting it her own mouth.

Your Baby Wants to Participate in Mealtimes

Family meals should be happy times of togetherness.  If your baby is ready to join the group and participate in the dining experience, she’s on her way to being ready for solid foods. Not every meal will be the most pleasant experience depending on your baby’s mood or what you are serving, but most should be good times for everyone.

Sources: KellyMom & CafeMom

The Best Valentine’s Day Dates for New Moms

Valentine’s Day dates for new moms may feel a bit different than the wining and dining of years past. Your family has grown and so has your love, not only for your baby but also for your significant other. You may not be jet-setting to a tropical location or drinking fancy wines this year but we’re sharing the best Valentine’s Day dates for new moms so you can feel the love like never before.

Check out our low-key, moderate and extravagant ideas for Valentine’s Day dates for new moms in each category:

The Foodie Experience

The Best Valentine’s Day Dates for New Moms1 – Make Dinner at Home: Cook up some love in your very own kitchen. Who cares what you cook or how it tastes. It’s really about being together.

2 – Take a Cooking Class: Add some skills to your repertoire while also enjoying a romantic experience. Let new flavors spice up your relationship

3 – Go to a New Trendy Restaurant: You know the one you’ve been dying to try but you haven’t had the chance because, well, you just had a baby? That one! Go there!

For the Love of Games

1 – Have Your Own Game Night: Dust off your old favorite board games or borrow new ones from friends. Let the fun and games get sexy as you up the competitive stakes.

2 – Go to an Indoor Play-space for Adults: They’re widely popular these days because adults deserve to have fun too! Look for ones with activities you enjoy like bowling, bumper or race cars, arcade games and obstacle courses.

3 – Think Outside the Box: Find an activity you wouldn’t normally do like a break-out game or paint ball. Even with a little one in the mix, you can make new memories together as a couple.

Entertainment Junkies

1 – Rent a Movie: Perhaps you do this for all of your date nights but if cuddling together while enjoying a movie is a tried and true favorite, don’t reinvent the wheel.

2 – Go to a Movie: Seeing a thrilling blockbuster on the big screen may be just what you need to get your heart pumping on Valentine’s Day.

3 – Watch a Play: Bump up the quality by seeing live theater. Consider dinner theater or a murder mystery interactive experience in addition to traditional plays.

The Art of Love

1 – Tackle a Home Project: Doesn’t sound too romantic but what better gift than completing a project together. Just make sure you have all the supplies you need and don’t try something that may cause tension.

2 – Visit a Museum: Check out a local art or history museum. This date can open your mind to new ideas and information while spending time together.

3 – Paint the Town: Take an art or dance class together and emerge with a new masterpiece or moves to show off at the party you attend.

Relax, Rejuvenate and Reconnect

1 – Chill: Your life has been turned upside down as you’re taking care of the needs of a new baby. Some chill time at home just talking or snuggling by a fire may be your best date night ever.

2 – Treat your Feet: Get a foot massage or pedicure together. Your guy may balk at the idea but we bet he’ll end up loving it, especially the part about getting to spend time with you.

3 – Pamper at a Spa: Get a sitter and spend a few hours at the spa. Sure, you may need to pump between your massage and facial, but the relaxation time is totally worth it.

Pump Up the Volume

1 – Go for a Walk: A romantic stroll (even with baby in tow) can be a fun date. Reminisce about happy times in your relationship and be sure to hold hands.

2 – Take an Exercise Class: Get your blood pumping in new ways by taking an energizing exercise class together. Even if the workout whoops you, you can commiserate together afterwards.

3 – Go Mountain Biking or Horseback Riding or Skating: You couldn’t do any of these things for 9 months while pregnant so go extreme and get active.

What Dogs Teach about Love

As a parent your job is to teach your children as much as possible. When it comes to love, you have a lot to offer and you’re showing it everyday with the care and compassion you show your kids. But you can get a little assistance from a four-legged family member too. As we’re gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re exploring what dogs teach about love, especially the lessons most relatable for children.

Love within a Family is Unconditional

What Dogs Teach about LoveYour family dog will pretty much love you no matter what. Even if life’s obligations cause you to neglect playing with him all day or if you scold him for chewing up the furniture, your dog will continue to love you unconditionally. That’s just the way love is in a family.

Love is Being Present Here and Now

Dogs live in the moment. They don’t understand “later” or “tomorrow.” They want to show their love all the time through kisses, cuddles and play. Humans often let life get in the way of being present in love but dogs do it beautifully.

Love Takes Time and Effort

Loving another being is not all roses. It takes time to get to know each other and there are daily responsibilities involved in caring for others. In the case of a dog, it entails, feeding, walking and cleaning. And your dog takes the time and effort to care for you as well. It’s a mutual loving relationship that can sometimes be hard work, but is always totally worth it.

Love is not Vain or Materialistic

Dogs don’t care if anything they have or you have is designer. They don’t care if you haven’t showered (in fact they may prefer it) and they aren’t bothered by your messy house. Dogs make the best of whatever situation they are in and they remember that love is about what’s on the inside, not the outside.

Love is Unending Friendship

Your family dog will be there whenever you need him, for the good times and the bad. Dogs celebrate birthdays, victories and new jobs; and they console losses, disappointments and fears. The warmth of a dog’s snuggle shows they are loving friends til the end.

Love is Protection

It’s quite remarkable how dogs, like parents, know how to protect their families. They warn you of threats, they keep you safe and they help you when you’re hurt. Their exceptional loyalty to your safety and wellbeing is an extraordinary act of love.

We are all Better with Love

When you feel loved, you simply feel better. Love conquers all they say, and in many ways it does. With love you feel more confident, secure and happy. You always know where you stand with your dog – in a place of love. And that just makes your family stronger and better.

These and many other lessons are what dogs teach about love. They are great for kids of all ages. And while you do your very best to teach your kids everything possible, sometimes the furriest family member can do it best. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sources: I heart dogs and Mind Body Green

Valentine’s Crafts: Show Love through Creativity

Valentine’s Crafts: Show Love through CreativityYou don’t have to be a super crafty mom to help your kids show love through creativity. As Valentine’s Day nears, this is a terrific time to plan a few Valentine’s crafts for your kids to get their creative juices flowing and talk about holiday themes including love, friendship, caring and respect.

Check out our ideas for Valentine’s crafts:

Printed with Love

Have you ever noticed that two upside down handprints make a heart? Coincidence? We don’t think so! Dip your kids’ paws in paint and let their hands print the love.

Eternal Love

Flowers fade and food spoils but stones last for ever. Tell your kids the meaning of eternal love and create a symbol of it by painting and decorating stones for Valentine’s Day.

Picture Perfect

Nothing is more treasured than memories of precious moments. Work with your kids to make Valentine’s picture frames using craft sticks, puzzle pieces or any other art supplies you have. The picture and frame will be a prized gift for a loved one.

What Dreams are Made Of

A heart-shaped dream catcher is a fun Valentine’s craft. Simply bend some wire into a heart shape and then twist yarn around it. Alternatively, cut a heart frame from cardboard or a paper plate and punch holes around the edges. Your kids can work on their fine motor skills by weaving yarn in-and-out of the holes.

Let the Games Begin

Two fun Valentine’s crafts can be turned into games. Spending time together playing games as a family is what the holiday of love is all about.

First, build your own tic-tac-toe board with lattice work paper strips. Cut out two colors of hearts for the players or go with traditional “x’s” and “o’s”, this time meaning kisses and hugs!

Another fun Valentine’s game is cupid’s arrow. Decorate and number 5 paper plates and then make an arrow from a straw and construction paper. Throw the arrow towards the plates and add up your points.

Tree of Love

Cut out many small to medium sized hearts for your children and ask them to list things they love. Write their answers on the hearts as tree leaves. Paste the leaves on a drawn tree trunk for a lovely loving tree.

Sign of Love

Trace and cut out your child’s hand. Then fold down the middle and index finger to form the sign for love. Paste the hand on a heart for a sign of love that requires no words.

Royal Valentine

Make a crown for each member of your family using construction paper. Everyone can decorate their own as their heart desires. On this special holiday, everyone is royalty.

Paper Hug

Send a hug with this cute Valentine’s craft. Cut out a large heart and long arms. Let your kids bend the arms back-and-forth before pasting to the heart. These outstretched arms make a super crafty hug!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Valentine’s Crafts: For the Love of Animals

Valentine’s Crafts: For the Love of AnimalsValentine’s crafts are a fun way to get into the spirit of love. Children learn through hands-on experiences and getting crafty is a terrific interactive activity to reinforce themes like love, compassion, kindness, caring and sharing. We’re helping you whip up some exciting art projects starting with Valentine’s crafts incorporating animals.

Owl – Hoooo Loves You?

This Valentine’s craft is a hoot! Start with one white paper plate for the body. Add red wings to the upper curves. Cut out two hearts of different sizes and paste the smaller one on the larger for the head. Draw a face. Finally add legs and upside-down hearts as feet. Write the quote in the center of the owl’s breast.

Butterfly – My Heart Flutters for You

Beautiful butterfly wings are fun for kids of all ages to decorate. Cut two hearts and overlap them at the tips. Add a long abdomen in the center and antennae at the top. Then let your kiddos fly away with their personal decorating touches.

Crab – A Pinch of Love for You

Who said crabs can’t be sweet? Cut one large red heart for the body and two smaller ones for the pincers. Adhere the pincers to the body with two long strips of red paper. Then add three shorter legs on each side of the heart towards the bottom. Finish it off with antennae and two white hearts as eyes. Write the line in the center of the heart and give your kiddo a love pinch.

Bear – I Love You Beary Much!

This one is beary cute: Cut out a bear face from brown construction paper or a brown paper bag. Let your child draw a face on it. Then cut a red heart and glue two front paws to the top and two hind paws to the bottom. Paste the head on the top and write the line in the heart. It’ll look grrrrrreat!

Ladybug – Love Bugs

Ladybugs naturally lend themselves to Valentine’s crafts because they are cute, red and shaped like hearts. There are many ways to make ladybug crafts but our favorite is using two hearts. Place one smaller pink heart atop one larger red heart. Add a round black face to the top along with antennae. Decorate with heart dots as you wish.

Dog – You’re So Dog-Gone Cute

Who can resist puppy love, especially when it’s made of hearts? Cut out a large heart and turn it upside down. Cut one medium black heart for the nose and paste it in the center just above where the heart bumps meet. Cut two small hearts for the eyes and glue them on towards the top of your upside-down heart. Stick two big floppy ears on the top and a cute pink tongue on the bottom. What an adorable pup!

Mice – Mice to Know You

This sweet treat Valentine’s craft is sure to delight and it’s super simple. Turn a Hershey’s kiss candy on it’s side. Glue mouse ears on the flat bottom edge and mouse feet underneath it. Then adhere small googly eyes around the halfway mark. Stick the candy craft to a piece of paper and draw a tail. And don’t forget to include the clever line as well.

We hope you and your kids enjoy these fun animal-loving Valentine’s crafts!

What is Dream Feeding?

You’ve probably noticed that your baby is amazing at guzzling down breast milk, even when he’s asleep! Some babies are so relaxed while nursing that they fall asleep at the breast. Others will start breastfeeding while sleeping and stay asleep the entire time. Dream feeding is one method to extend your baby’s night sleep and allow you to get a few extra hours of sleep as well. Here’s the scoop on dream feeding:

What is Dream Feeding?

What is Dream Feeding?

Dream feeding is when you feed your sleeping baby before you go to bed. Your baby will already be asleep but rather than wait for him to naturally wake for a feeding, with dream feeding you will nurse your baby right before your own bedtime. This may prolong the amount of time your baby sleeps.

The Pros of Dream Feeding

When your baby sleeps longer you will get more sleep time as well. For example, if your baby can sleep for a 7 hour stretch at night and you feed him for the last time at 7 p.m., he’ll be up by 2 a.m. to feed. But if you do a dream feeding at 10 or 11 p.m., your baby may sleep until 5 or 6 a.m. And that’s some great bonus sleep for you too!

Daddy can also do a dream feeding of pumped breast milk to allow you to go to bed earlier. This may mean daddy doesn’t have to wake in the middle of the night either, but rather do the dream feeding before he goes to bed.

Dream feeding may help your baby get into the pattern of sleeping through the night and for longer periods of time sooner. Even once your baby weans from the dream feeding, he may be able to stay asleep for the entire night based on this training.

The Cons of Dream Feeding

Dream feeding doesn’t work for all babies. First, some babies will still wake several hours later even if they were dream fed. If that happens continuously, dream feeding may not work for your baby.

Also, some babies refuse to eat during dream feedings because they are asleep. Newborns usually experience their deepest sleep early in the night so eating may not be on their agenda during that time.

Other babies will wake up during a dream feeding and be too stimulated to go back to sleep right away. This can be even worse if they are cranky from being woken up and/or they refuse to eat.

Additionally, dream feeding may backfire in terms of teaching your baby to sleep through the night. Some babies who are used to eating at a certain time will come to expect it and wake at that time on their own, even once you decide to terminate dream feedings.

What do you think? Is dream feeding heavenly for your baby?

Sources: KellyMom, BabySleepSite and BabyWiseMom

Positive Discipline Techniques: Part 3

We’re spreading the positive parenting vibes this week through our series on positive discipline techniques. If you missed them, check out parts 1 and 2 on our blog. Today we’re rounding out the series with the tips and tricks of positive discipline that can really make a difference in successfully using this method every day.

Tips & Tricks for Positive Discipline

  • Positive Discipline Techniques: Part 3Eye Contact: When you give direction, make eye contact with your child. If you’re multi-tasking or your child is busy at play, no one is taking the request seriously. Get acknowledgement that the direction was received as well.
  • State Directions, Don’t Ask: A question implies a choice but a statement is clear direction. This will help make expectations straight-forward for everyone.
  • Give Specific Direction: If you have an expectation, make known exactly what you mean. If you want your children to get ready for dinner say something like, “please clean up your toys, wash your hands and come help me set the table for dinner.” A simple, “let’s get ready for dinner,” may result in your kids rushing straight to the table without cleaning, washing or helping.
  • Redirect: Especially for the youngest members of your household, redirection can be a beautiful thing. If there is strife over something, offer a quick alternative or change the environment to break free from the conflict of the moment. Even just singing a song or doing a dance can snap everyone out of a foul mood.
  • Reminders are Helpful: Before going crazy about rule breaking, remind your child of the rules and consequences. This gentle push may be all your child needs to correct her own mistakes.
  • When/Then Statements: If your little one is refusing to follow directions, use a when/then statement such as “when you clean up your blocks, then we can go outside.”
  • Count: It’s an oldie but goodie and boy do kids love a challenge. Give your kids a countdown to when they are expected to do something. It’s amazing how kids spring into action when they hear your numbers.
  • Make Room for Choices: Let your kids have some control over their situation by giving them choices. But make sure all of the choices are acceptable to you as well before offering them.
  • Ask for Help: Kids often love helping so make them part of the solution. Tell them the problem you’ve been having with their behavior and ask for input on how to resolve it.
  • Let Natural Consequences Occur: Instead of doling out consequences yourself, let your children discover what happens if they don’t follow directions. If your child refuses to eat breakfast, they may be hungry mid-morning. If your child won’t wear a cold, she may be cold. These are teachable moments that won’t make you the bad guy.
  • Get a Little Silly: Sometimes you need to lighten the mood to nip behavioral problems. Make up a fun phrase for rules or directions, or have a funny way of getting your child’s attention so she’ll focus on your requests.
  • Don’t Overload Instructions: Break down your instructions into one or two easy parts at a time so what you are asking is manageable.
  • Respond and Move On: If a behavior problem calls for your most aggressive positive discipline tactics, talk it over with your child once everyone is calm. Then let it go and start fresh.

We hope you adopt some of these positive discipline techniques for a happier, calmer and more positive family experience!

Sources: Parents Magazine, PBS and Attachment Parenting

Positive Discipline Techniques: Part 2

Being positive all the time can be exhausting but experts say that positive discipline techniques actually yield the best results. We’re continuing our series on positive discipline today with positive parenting advice including staying calm, acting as a good role model, using respectful communication and setting reasonable and consistent expectations.

Positive Discipline Starts with Positive Parents

The positive discipline approach first and foremost encourages parents to accentuate the good in their children. This means that when your child does good things and
behaves as you desire, you should offer lots of praise. When your kids feel they have Positive Discipline Techniques: Part 2pleased you, they will want to do it over and over again. Fear, harsh tones, manipulation, bribes, threats and physical punishments are the negative discipline techniques that the positive discipline theory aims to avoid.

As a parent, staying positive even in the face of misbehavior is essential to settling the immediate situation and breaking the habit for the future. But how is a frustrated (and yes, sometimes angry) parent supposed to stay positive?  Start by thinking before you react. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and count to 10. With a more level head, respond appropriately to the situation. Your children will feed off of your emotional cues.

Words Matter

The words you say and how you say them are important to your children. You cannot expect your children not to yell or throw fits if they see you doing it. And if you use harsh words and a harsh tone, they may become copy cats.  Rather, follow the Golden Rule: due undo others as you would have them do unto you. Using your manners and a respectful tone should be the expectation for parents and children. Also, use “I” phrases such as, “I don’t like it when…” or “My feelings are hurt when…”

Set Realistic Expectations and Be Consistent

It is good to have family rules but make sure your expectations are realistic for your child. Consider your child’s age and personality before setting harsh guidelines. Consistency is important for young children so don’t waiver on your parenting decisions. If your child knows you will cave if she throws a tantrum bold or long enough, she will repeatedly misbehave to get what she wants.

Once rules are established, make everyone in the family aware as well as caregivers outside your immediate family. If your kids can get away with certain behaviors with some caregivers and not others, the rules become confusing. If you decide to break your own rules once in awhile – say to let your child stay up past bedtime or to have an extra treat – make sure you explain that it is a special privilege or reward and it isn’t going to happen often.

No One is Perfect

As much as you work towards positive discipline, you may blow your lid from time-to-time. Just like your children, mommy makes mistakes too. To correct your mistake, take time to properly apologize once you’ve cooled off and explain that you, too, sometimes misbehave. After an outburst of your own, it’s important to show your child affection so they know that mommy’s love is endless and unconditional.

Stick around for the conclusion of our series on positive discipline techniques when we share even more tips and tricks.

Sources: Parents Magazine, PBS and Attachment Parenting

Positive Discipline Techniques: Part 1

Staying positive is usually the best approach to discipline. As frustrating as your child’s behavior may be, experts agree that employing positive discipline techniques to support your children’s development is the way to go. This week we’re going over positive discipline techniques to help you up your parenting game.

The Principles of Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline Techniques: Part 1Positive discipline is a means of directing your child’s behavior through thoughtful, calm and kind word choices and tone of voice. The concept focuses on respect, empathy and an understanding of what your child may be feeling in a particular situation or moment in time. Discipline is necessary to help children learn right from wrong and shape their behaviors to meet your expectations. However, instructive discipline should not be destructive to your child physically or emotionally.

The philosophy of positive discipline is grounded in respectful communication, a positive delivery, and overall compassion for and kindness towards your child. The goal is not only good behavior, but also to continue to build a strong bond between parents and children that will strengthen the family unit. When children feel supported rather than put down, they are more confident and productive as they grow.

Find the Root Cause of Misbehavior

Usually what parents deem as “bad behavior” is caused by a particular need that is unmet. Some needs are obvious, such as being tired or hungry. Others are more concealed, such as feeling sad about something that happened at school or feeling that they don’t have enough time with mom or dad. Because it is hard for children to pinpoint the source of their feelings, especially the latter examples, they usually aren’t going to readily tell you why they are acting out.

This is when you need to put on your best detective hat and become a sleuth to discover why your child is misbehaving. Often there is something that instigates bad behavior and can be avoided without the irritant. It may be loud noises or crowded spaces, or it could be a feeling that your child has little control over their own lives. Once you understand the root cause, you can work to address or avoid it for a happier and better behaved child.

As adults, these sources may seem irrational. Being in crowded spaces or having limited choices are often a part of life. But your child won’t understand that for some time. So empathy and compassion are required to work with your child until he can be more comfortable in certain situations.

Later this week we’ll continue our discussion of positive discipline techniques with how to be a positive parent.

Sources: Parents Magazine, PBS and Attachment Parenting

How to Avoid Food Waste with Kids: Part 2

As we discussed earlier this week, food waste is a major problem in the U.S. It’s financial and environmental burden takes its toll daily. Families with young children are more likely to waste food and therefore have a greater impact on the food waste epidemic. That’s why we’re offering solutions to help you avoid food waste with kids. Check out our previous blog on tips for babies and toddlers and see below for more good advice with older children.

How to Avoid Food Waste with Preschoolers and Beyond

How to Avoid Food Waste with Kids: Part 2As you children become more aware of rules and can follow directions, it’s a good time to initiate guidelines and expectations to avoid food waste with kids. Here are a few pointers:

  • Talk to your kids about food waste. Children are often eager to learn about their impact on the world. Read them statistics from the internet or show them short videos about food waste so they start to grasp the gravity of the problem.
  • Participate in a food waste challenge. You can find programs online or develop your own. Essentially, you will fill containers (such as empty lettuce or deli meat bins, or resealable bags) and record how much food is wasted each week. Seeing and measuring your own food waste can be an eye-opening experience for kids.
  • Encourage your kids to help you meal plan so you can shop efficiently for your weekly meals.
  • Play a game with your kids where you consider various uses of ingredients to ensure none of them go to waste. For instance, if you’re serving beans for taco night, what can you do with the leftovers?  Perhaps make a bean dip or bean soup?  You can also do this with parts of foods. Example: steam the broccoli florets and shred the stalk for salads.
  • Make a plan with your kids to eat the most perishable foods first so they don’t rot before you have a chance to enjoy them. This may mean refrigerated produce gets eaten first and other produce like melons, apples and pears can wait until the end of the week.
  • Just like babies and toddlers, serve small portions at a time. If your kids want more you can continue to dish out additional small portions.
  • Cut fruits and vegetables into small pieces for meals and snacks. An apple with a few bites out of it may become trash but if you give your child a few slices of an apple you can save the rest.
  • Take your kids to a farm to see how food is grown. The more they understand the process, the more likely they are to engage in the solution.
  • Grow your own food. Even small vegetable gardens or a few simple potted vegetable plants can teach your children to thoroughly enjoy the fruits of their labor.
  • Compost your waste as a family. There are great science and environmental lessons in composting.
  • Get your kids busy in the kitchen. Children who participate in cooking are more likely to eat their own masterpieces.
  • When fruits are about to expire, make food concoctions with them such as smoothies or baked goods.
  • Save one night a week to eat leftovers. Anything not finished from previous meals can become an eclectic smorgasbord for your family.
  • Give foods a funny name. When kids perceive foods as fun, they are more likely to eat them.
  • Always take a doggy bag home from restaurants if you have leftovers. Even just one slice of pizza can be a great snack for the following day.
  • Encourage your kids to not waste at school too. For school-bought lunches let them know it’s OK to only take what they think they can eat. If they bring a packed lunch, ask them to bring home whatever they don’t eat.
  • Set a good example by not wasting food yourself.
  • If you have too much food that you know will go to waste, invite a friend over for dinner or take food to neighbors before it goes bad.
  • Start an anti food waste campaign with your children. Get friends, schools and community groups involved so you can all make a difference together.

Inspire your family to avoid food waste and let them inspire you too. Everyone can play a part in keeping food waste at a minimum to reduce the financial and environmental impact on our world.

Sources: Feeding America, Bloomberg, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, I Value Food, MSNBC, Super Kids Nutrition and USDA

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