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Things to Do on Holiday Break with our Families!

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It’s that wonderful time of year where many of us are so lucky to be able to spend more time with our families.  With school closed, we have to keep both us and our children busy with fun and engaging activities.  This gives us a chance to do things we otherwise might not have time to do – like baking, doing charity work and fun craft projects.  If we’re lucky enough, perhaps we’ll see a little powder and be able to enjoy sledding on the 9th Street hill in Prospect Park!

Here are a few ideas to keep you all busy during this time of year.

1) Cooking & Baking:

* We recently updated our Pinterest Page with several festive meals, snacks and sweets that are kid-friendly (some are even healthy)!!!  Who knows…maybe if you dress up your veggies to look like a Christmas tree, your child will want to eat them?!   It’s worth a shot!  https://www.pinterest.com/drcaoparkslope/fun-holiday-recipes/   

* Here is a link to fruit-filled holiday dessert recipes that your child can help you with, and doesn’t require the use of an oven:  http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Fruit-Filled-Holiday-Desserts-42609490#photo-42609527

* For non-holiday themed recipes that are great year-round, I love the recipes in Pretend Soup and Salad People, both which are for preschoolers and up.  The popovers are a huge hit in this house!

2) Charity Work:  We recently shared a blog about the different charities we can get involved with in the NYC area (http://www.southslopepediatrics.com/blog/giving/).  Now we’d like to share the charities that South Slope Pediatrics is working with, in hopes that we can get our SSP families involved in as well.  This is a great way to teach our children about how this season is about giving and helping others!

* Jonah’s Just Begun:   Dr. Cao’s best little friend Jonah is suffering from a very rare disease, San Filippo Syndrome, and needs our help to fund research to save his life.  Let’s help raise money to find a cure!!!  Donate here:  https://app.mobilecause.com/form/vCJQEw

* Toys for Tots:  We have a box out in our lobby and are collecting all new toys and books, which will be given to children in need.  This cause is very special to Dr. Cao as they helped his own family when he was a child.  Please come by and make a donation if you can!

* Little Essentials:  We will also have a box in our lobby for Little Essentials, a Brooklyn based charity who helps children living in poverty by providing urgently needed resources and parenting education to families in crisis.  Please stop by with any new book or toy and help this local cause!

* Love in a Safety Pin:  Dr. Cao and your SSP Team has recently embarked in a courageous journey to ensure that our values of inclusion, tolerance, kindness and LOVE stay strong.    We have declared South Slope Pediatrics a safe haven for those who might find themselves harassed or bullied on the streets of Park Slope.  Please, join us by claiming your Love in a Safety Pin free sticker and by donating what you can to our campaign so we can produce and mail the stickers to the rest of the country.   Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/love-in-a-safety-pin

3) Crafts:   Looking for fun indoor activities during this cold weather that spark a bit of creativity?   Here are links to easier crafts that the smaller ones can get into:

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/christmas-crafts-kids  From felt snowmen to deer made of cardboard to traditional cut-out snowflakes, there are plenty of crafts on this list (26 in total)!

http://mylifeandkids.com/25-fun-easy-holiday-crafts-kids/  25 holiday crafts including fingerprint christmas lights, santa beards, santa slime and shredded paper snowmen!

http://www.emmaowl.com/reindeer-footprint-christmas-cards-all-you-need-is-a-shiny-nose/#_a5y_p=4586085  Footprint Reindeer Cards…genius.

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/11/shivery-snow-paint-recipe.html  Icy Cold Snow Paint – this looks like a lot of (messy) fun!

http://handsonaswegrow.com/28-winter-crafts-kids/  Handprint penguins, puffy paint polar bear faces and snowy owl pine cones are a few of the 28 winter crafts you can try.

And…let’s just say you’re exhausted from all of these activities and you need a little down time.  Maybe a holiday show is a way to relax and cuddle with our little ones!  Here are a few favorites for kids 3 and up:

* A Charlie Brown Christmas

* Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

* Frosty the Snowman

* Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah

* Merry Christmas, Olivia

* Curious George, a Very Monkey Christmas

* Mickey’s Christmas Carol

* Shalom, Sesame: Chanukah Special

* Dora’s Christmas Carol

* Elmo’s Christmas Countdown

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!

HEALTHY LUNCH IDEAS FOR TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS

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written by Jen #supermom

Sending your toddler or pre-schooler out for the day and need to pack a lunch?  So over making PB&J sandwiches?  I am personally going through this now, as my 3 year old is at daycare 4 half days a week, and I need to provide lunch.  I cannot bear to give her the favorite (PB&J of course) more than once, MAYBE twice a week.  That being said, she’s also a bit of a picky eater and I’m always looking for new healthy options that she will actually consume.

As this seems to be a popular topic among many moms in this situation, I thought I’d share some of the ideas I’ve received from friends near and far:

* Wraps (vs sandwiches) – cheese and/or deli meats or avocado and hummus.  Cut wrap into pinwheels for fun!

* Another more exciting version of your typical sandwich – cut it with cookie cutters!  (After all, presentation of the food is quite a bit deal to the little ones)….and eat the remains for your snack (isn’t that we always end up doing anyway)?!

* Whole Wheat or Brown Rice Pasta in a thermos with turkey meatballs or veggies

* Tomato soup and a grilled cheese

* Hummus or Guac with Veggies and Pita to dip

* Black beans and rice

* Quesadilla with beans and spinach, or cheese and avocado!

* Rolled slices of turkey, rolled sliced cheese and whole wheat crackers

* Yogurt and berries with a half sandwich

* Whole wheat bagel with cream cheese

* Use leftover roasted chicken and add mayo, sweet cranberries and crunchy celery to make a yummy wrap or sandwich

* Falafel patty in a pita with lettuce, tomato and plain yogurt

* Veggie burger with pita & dip of choice

Sides:

* Corn, peas, chickpeas…fun small round things!

* Frozen yogurt squeezers (will be thawed out but still cold by time lunch comes around)

* Chopped up veggies: cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, peppers

* String cheese

* Hard boiled egg

* Fruit salad

* Grapes

Here is some helpful advice in regards to planning for the week’s lunches:

  1. Stock up on non-perishables:  Almonds/cashews, raisins, whole wheat crackers, beans, bread sticks, granola, rice cakes
  2. Make certain things ahead of time (on Sunday perhaps): Hard boil eggs, falafel patties or sandwiches the night before.  Roast a whole chicken so you have it to cut up for sandwiches!
  3. Have a  variety of proteins, carbs and fresh fruit on hand.  I always shop for Sunday night delivery so we are loaded up and ready for the week ahead.

So far I’ve had many days when I pick her up and almost the entire lunch has not been touched, other days it’s been entirely gobbled up.  I think this is completely unavoidable, no matter what is offered!  It just depends on her mood, and I am never exactly sure what she’s in the mood for. Or perhaps it has more to do with what is going on around her at the time (she is so easily distracted)!  Anyway, I hope this list of suggestions will at least empower you to try new things…and who knows, perhaps your child will fill find a new favorite and you’ll come home with more empty lunch boxes!

Friday Organizations Tips: Help your kid’s closet grow with them

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‪#‎pediatrician‬ ‪#‎drcao‬

Kids grow fast and so do their ever-changing wardrobes. Here, Lisa Adams, founder of LA Closet Design (and closet extraordinaire), tells us the must-have items that will help your kids stay organized from the start and help their closet grow with them.

1. Two (or three) levels of hanging rods.

“Kids are lucky enough to be shorter than adults,”says Adams. “This makes it possible for them to utilize their space more efficiently!” Instead of one row of hanging rods, like most adult closets, they can use two or three. Install multiple rows to give them access to their clothes and create more room.  Is the higher hanging rod out of reach? Utilize it for storing those items you may not want your child to have free access to.

Read Full Article at http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/interior-designers/a7158/10-things-every-kids-closet-must-have/