Teaching Girly Monthly Maintenance #KotexMom

Teaching Girly Monthly Maintenance | Sweet Phenomena

We’ve been talking about helping your daughters come to terms with their periods for the past few months.

We’ve covered those really tough topics, like having “the” talk.

We’ve talked about how U by Kotex Tween is helping moms {and dads} everywhere give their daughters a better first period experience than what they had.

Now we’re easing into something a little simpler: monthly maintenance.  It’s simply not enough to prepare your daughter for starting her first period and leave it at that.

She’ll still have questions, even after she’s started.  There are still several important things she needs to know.

Below you’ll find a few tips on what to talk about in regard to this subject.

Teaching Monthly Maintenance

  • Hygiene is important.  It’s really important to impress upon your daughter the importance of changing her pad on a regular basis.  This is the best way to avoid accidents.  It’s also a good idea to teach her how to properly dispose of used products.  You don’t want any clogs occurring. I’m just sayin’.
  • Deal with accidents.  Sometimes accidents occur.  There’s nothing you can do about it.  But you prepared your daughter, remember? Remind her to use her emergency stash of supplies and clothing and she’ll be good to go!
  • Knowledge is power.  A huge part of being prepared is to know what’s going on.  Teach your daughter how to track her cycle on a calendar so she knows when to expect her next period.  Then it’s not a huge surprise that catches her off guard.
  • Build confidence.  I added this as part of monthly maintenance because a} it’s just a great thing to do for your daughter and b} it’s hard being a girl who has just started your period.  You remember what it’s like: you think everyone knows you’re on your period and it’s embarrassing.  Help your daughter realize that this simply isn’t true and what she’s going through is a natural part of life.
  • Make it fun.  Having a period isn’t fun.  It’s a fact of life, though.  Make this time easier to deal with by providing fun products {like the U by Kotex Tween ones}, neat little containers for her emergency kit, and more!
  • Know the warning signs.  In addition to tracking her period on her calendar, your daughter can identify the “warning signs” of an imminent period.  Help your daughter understand why these things are occurring and what they mean.  Get even more great tips here.

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Baking with Your Kids: Tips for Entertaining

Baking with Your Kids: Tips for Entertaining | Sweet Phenomena

Part of the fun of baking is sharing it with others!

While this doesn’t have to be a formal occasion at all, it’s still a great idea to teach your kids how to properly entertain guests.

Below you will find some great resources to help you do just that!

Training Good Little Hosts and Hostesses

What Works for You

Books and guides are helpful, but also remember to incorporate your family’s style and values.

Like formal affairs? Teach your children about them.

Like informal picnics? Teach your children about them.

Impart all that great knowledge you already have to your kids!

True Confessions:  This post does contain some affiliate links.

Baking with Your Kids: Honoring and Starting Family Traditions

Baking with Your Kids: Honoring and Starting Family Traditions | Sweet Phenomena

Baking with your kids is one of those things that they’ll remember for the rest of their life.

Trips to fairs, new gaming systems, vacations, sure they’ll remember bits of pieces of this stuff, but being in the kitchen? You can’t beat those memories.

We’ve talked about all sorts of things to do with your kids in the kitchen the past few days, but today is devoted to the most important: remembering to honor and start family traditions.

Honoring Family Traditions

This is such an important thing to do with your kids.

No matter how small the tradition may seem, it’s important to teach your children to honor family traditions in the kitchen.

Sunday dinners, fish on Fridays, seasonal baking, all of it is important.

But you don’t have to stop at just telling them what the traditions are and being in the kitchen with them.

Make it uber-fun by taking pictures, making scrapbooks, adding a new twist on the tradition, and more.

Compiling a cookbook, complete with pictures of you and your kids making the recipes is my favorite idea.

How many times do you want to make a family recipe but it’s not documented anywhere, so you have to try until you nail it.

Document these recipes with your kids, share the stories behind them, and have a keepsake to pass down from generation to generation.

Start New Family Traditions

I’m all for keeping great traditions alive, but it’s also fun to start new ones.

How awesome would it be for your kids to have something that they helped create to pass down to their kids?

You can create new recipes, new techniques, special baking times, anything you want.

The important thing to remember is that traditions don’t have to be something grand, they just have to be something important to you.  Something that tells a story.

What traditions do you and your kids celebrate?

Baking with Your Kids: Math in the Kitchen

Baking with Your Kids: Math in the Kitchen | Sweet Phenomena

Teaching math in the kitchen is one of the most obvious things to do with your kids, which is why I didn’t start with it.  But today, we’re talking about exciting and fun ways to incorporate math in your baking escapades!

Teaching Math in the Kitchen

  • Measuring - Have your kids help you measure out ingredients.  Depending on their age, you can teach them the various cup sizes, conversions, and addition of fractions.  The latter is my favorite.  It really helps make it real for them.
  • Stirring - Need to teach counting? Tell your child they need to stir something for 50 strokes {or whatever other number you’d like to use}, and they really feel purposeful in their stirring!
  • Ingredients - Count the number of ingredients in a recipe.  Count the number of chocolate chips in your cookie dough.  Count the number of eggs.  You get the picture.
  • Temperature - Use oven temperature {or candy temperature if doing candy} to teach about Celsius and Fahrenheit, conversions, and more.

Books for Teaching Math in the Kitchen

Our Favorite Way to do Math in the Kitchen

Menu math!  I introduced this a couple of years ago and Babydoll LOVED it.

There are worksheets and books you can buy, and I believe that’s how we started, but you can easily create your own.  Here’s a Google image search to get you going.

Basically, you get to play restaurant.  And your kid gets to be the waiter/owner/everything.

You get the menu, place your order, and they get to work preparing your food and your bill.

Have play food and kitchen equipment?  That makes it even more epic.

Even More Tips

I was fortunate to be able to contribute to the Teachable Moments chapter of The Little Chefs Project with Chef Boyardee.  Be sure to check it out for TONS of great ideas on teaching your kids in the kitchen!

Baking with Your Kids: Tips for Teaching Food Presentation

Baking with Your Kids: Tips for Teaching Food Presentation | @SweetPhenomena

Welcome to Week Two of Baking with Your Kids!  My collection of posts is part of the Homeschool Hopscotch hosted by iHomeschool Network.

Today’s post is all about food presentation!

I wanted to include this because I think it’s something worth teaching your kids.  Of course this isn’t something that will need to be done all the time, but knowing how to present a dish that is appealing to all the senses is a great skill!

It’s also something that isn’t necessarily easy.  I remember when I first worked in a professional kitchen.  I saw the awesome plating going on, and when I tried emulate with my stuff {I made pastries and cakes}, I got so frustrated.

So here are a few tips you can use to teach your child the art of food presentation!

Teaching the Art of Food Presentation

  • Realize there is no right way.  I’m a perfectionist, so this is a hard one for me.  Really, though, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  If your child feels very proud about what they’ve done, then it’s a great presentation.
  • Teach the “why” behind it.  Of course there’s the obvious reason:  we like to eat pretty food.  But presenting a dish that has been beautifully arranged shows that you gave some thought to what you were giving that person.  It’s a way to show your love and appreciation for another person.
  • Think about color and size.  This is one of the simplest ways to learn how to plate better food.  Mix colors side-by-side, play around with different portion sizes, experiment until you’ve gotten the hang of it.
  • Baked goods are easier.  I have no real, solid, fact-based information to back me up, but I’ve found this to be the case.  There’s just something about baked goods that makes them so darn easy to make pretty.  A single cupcake with a pillow of icing on top is gorgeous.  A slice of pie with a scoop of ice cream and some caramel sauce drizzled on top is pretty.
  • Practice, practice, practice.  This is a fun one because, well, in order to practice, you need food.  And then who gets to eat it?  Yes, you and your kids.  Or, if there’s just too much, you can share it with others.  They’ll *heart* you for that.
  • Throw a party to celebrate.  When you feel that you guys have really nailed your food presentation, throw a party!  It doesn’t have to be anything major, just a little celebration with a few pretty display pieces to showcase what you’ve learned.

A Recipe to Help You Practice

Since I think baked goods are the easiest to practice on, I’m giving you guys my award-winning lemon cupcake recipe!

Just like the white cake, this recipe has been a favorite of many brides and has gotten me a few ribbons at county and state fairs.

To frost these, use my standard buttercream frosting, but add lots and lots and lots of lemon zest to it.  Well, lots and lots and lots if you love tart lemon taste.

If you don’t, just add lots.

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