This week has been a long one filled with appointments! We are so ready for the weekend! John has to work tomorrow, but we are thankful he has Sunday and Monday off. We have plenty of fun planned. 🙂
Do you remember back in April when I mentioned that I would read Bebe Day by Day? Well, I’m finally getting around to sharing my thoughts here. (If you don’t remember, check out the post here.)
Below are just a few of my favorite tips/thoughts from the book:
First of all, I read the book cover to cover and really enjoyed it. I was more so interested in the diet suggestions and things for 3 years olds and up because that’s where D is right now. I definitely recommend this book. It’s very short and great for people who don’t have time or can’t commit to the fuller version.
1) There’s one snack a day.
We have adopted something similar to this for D.
D’s eating schedule:
If he is hungry before lunch, I give him a fruit pouch. Remember those pouches with baby food that you once gave your little before he could eat more solid food? Well D gets those now. He loves them and it’s a great way to get fruits and especially veggies in. 🙂
Big Snack- He gets this around 2-3PM.
An apple or some other kind of fruit before bed.
This works great and keeps him happy and healthy. 🙂
2) You just have to taste it.
I love this one and it has really encouraged D’s taste in food to expand. I was so proud the other day when he tried a philly cheese steak on bell pepper and actually enjoyed it!
3) Don’t rush the developmental stages.
I love this one because it reminds the mama to chill. It’s okay if Baby John is walking before your son. In France, parents allow the children to learn things when they are ready and there is no rush.
4) Don’t let your child interrupt you.
This is one we are working on with D right now. French parents tell their child, “I’m in the middle of speaking to someone. Please wait and I’ll be with you in a minute.” They stick true to their word and talk to the child once the conversation is over. They also suggest teaching the child to say “Excuse me” in the event of an emergency.
5) Cope calmly with tantrums.
Tantrums are no fun for anyone. We have a new way of coping with tantrums that I’ll be sharing in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!
6) Guilt is a trap.
This one is a great reminder to enjoy your time away from the kiddos when you get it. Don’t waste what time you have feeling guilty over leaving them with the sitter or grandparent. I know, easier said than done! 😉
7) Don’t dress like a mom.
This one makes me laugh. I know I’m so guilty of wearing yoga pants. (I’m typing this in pj bottoms. 😀 ) I think our generation has truly embraced this. Moms have tattoos. Moms have color in their hair…not just red, black, blonde, but fun colors like blue, purple, pink, green, etc. We dress in clothing that makes us feel beautiful, but also comfy. I think we are doing this one well. 🙂
8) Your baby doesn’t replace your husband.
I love this one! John and I always make time for each other, even if it’s just at the end of the day. We may only get to chat and watch Netflix, but it’s well worth it. We don’t have a reliable baby sitter yet, so this time is so precious to us!
9) Give kids time to comply.
Don’t expect a child to immediately do something. Be sure to explain what you want done and watch and wait for them to comply.
10) Say “Yes” as often as you can.
You should say no when it is necessary, but remember to say “yes” to your child. This helps them to feel respected and encourages independence.
There are a total of 100 tips in this little book and I’ve only shared my thoughts on 10. Be sure to add this awesome book to your library and let me know what you think. 🙂
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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!!