When Will I Know if My Child is Left or Right-Handed?

When Will I Know if My Child is Left or Right-Handed?

The short answer: it depends. A lot. 

Some kids don't tend to develop hand dominance until 2-3 years of age, while others may show preference as early as 18 months. Still others may be ambidextrous until their 5th or 6th birthday. It's all normal!

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"I don't like that"

"I don't like that"

Most parents identify conflict avoidance as their top mealtime goal. It is well established in the field of nutrition research that parent’s mea...

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5 Easy Toddler Meals You Can Prep Ahead

5 Easy Toddler Meals You Can Prep Ahead

When you have a toddler in tow, simple everyday tasks can quickly become a struggle. Gone are the days of leisurely flipping through cookbooks for new recipes  or preparing a meal without some sort of pint-sized distraction to buy you just a few more minutes of cooking time.

We know you could use a few extra moments to breathe, so we are sharing five easy make-ahead toddler meals (each with multiple variations) that your kids—and your schedule—will love!

What quick-cook meals are your go-to? Let us know!

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Guest Post: Q&A with Lunches + Littles

Guest Post: Q&A with Lunches + Littles

Hi Kizingo blog readers! It’s Lunches + Littles here today with a little Q & A session!

If you don’t already follow me over on my feed; I am a busy Mama of three little ones (ages 2, 4 and 5 years), and as you can probably imagine, life can get a bit hectic at times in our home. That’s why I work hard over at @lunchesandlittles to develop recipes that are doable for real life, all while being kid-friendly, healthy and full of color. I am a huge believer that we all (especially our little ones) eat with our eyes first, so naturally, showcasing color as part of a healthy dish is very important to me. One of the hopes with my feed is that I will inspire other parents to offer up healthy, real foods in a colorful and/or fun way.

 

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Are Your Kids Turning Your Home Into a Frat House? We Got You

Are Your Kids Turning Your Home Into a Frat House? We Got You

If you’ve ever walked into a room in your home and had the unsettling realization that your wonderful children have essentially recreated the living conditions you thought you left behind when you graduated college, this post is for you.  If you really think about it, the floor of a frat house living room are the floor of a busy soccer-mom’s minivan are pretty much indistinguishable. Both are likely to be sticky, hairy, stained, and probably include some long-forgotten ping pong balls, pennies, and plastic cups under the seats.  

Our design and organization guru, Annabel Joy, shows us that we don’t have to sacrifice good design for a kid (and pet) friendly home. Just follow her Do’s and Don’ts to create a functional and stylish space that’s designed with kids and adults in mind!

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Kizingo EATS: Roasted Broccoli

Kizingo EATS: Roasted Broccoli

Have you heard the statistic that kids need to try a food something like sixteen zillion times before they will actually want to eat it? (OK, it's more like 15-20, but sometimes 15-20 feels an awful lot like sixteen zillion, am I right?) And when it takes so long to get your kiddos to eat a carrot, why would you want to start all over with broccoli?

I hear you. I've been there. And that's why you should burn your vegetables when cooking them.

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Kizingo EATS: Kale Chicken Meatballs (+ a new PARTNERSHIP)

Kizingo EATS: Kale Chicken Meatballs (+ a new PARTNERSHIP)

We are thrilled to introduce a partnership with Angelica, of The Peachee Pear, whose passion for healthy eating is right up our ally! 
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"Making healthy and nutritious foods for my family is a passion of mine. I love knowing that what I am serving them is nourishing and beneficial to their bodies. Especially in the aid of my daughter’s development as she grows up. 

"With that being said, Feeding a toddler can be a bit of a challenge. They go through so many changes and phases. One day a specific food may be their favorite and the next day they don’t want to have anything to do with it. Meal times can very easily become somewhat of a hassle and many times just plain frustrating ... "

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Three strategies to tackle picky eating in older kids

Three strategies to tackle picky eating in older kids

Your kids are not going to like everything you make for dinner (as much as I would like to believe otherwise), but "I don't like it" doesn't have to be an acceptable reason that your little ones don't eat the meal that you've lovingly prepared.

Being selective about food choice is actually a normal part of a child's development. They are creatures of habit, have developing tastebuds - which are differentially sensitive to flavors than mature tastebuds are - and are pre-wired to avoid certain flavors, like bitter vegetables. 

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