Handstand Kids

Keep Your Kids Safe And Healthy Around The House

According to the Today Show, recently kids have been mistaking potentially hazardous laundry detergent pods for candy. To make sure you keep your children out of harm’s way, always remember to keep non-kid-friendly items in a place that is out of their reach! Take a look at this article and video from the Today Show to learn more about how to keep your kids safe from potential harm!

 

Get Your Kids Off Of The Couch And Out Of The House!

September 7-14 is “Exercise With Your Kids” Week! Check out these 12 tips about how to get your child off of the couch and out of the house for some fun exercise!

Kid Fitness Tip #1: Think outside the playing field.

Not everyone is drawn to organized sports such as soccer or baseball. Look for other activities your child will enjoy — like dancing, rock climbing, swimming, or martial arts. And have patience — it may take some trial and error before your kid finds the right fit.

“It’s probably time to explore another option when your child is no longer having fun,” says Eric Small, MD, a specialist in pediatric/adolescent sports medicine and author of Kids & Sports. “Keep trying different ideas until something clicks. It’s important to get non-athletic kids motivated and moving so they can enjoy a lifelong habit of physical activity.”

Kid Fitness Tip #2: Join in the game.

Kids love it when their parents play with them. So encourage children’s fitness by taking a family hike. Have a game of catch. Walk or bike to school together. Play hopscotch. “You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or special classes to encourage your child to exercise,” says Patricia Nixon, PhD, president-elect of the North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine.

Kid Fitness Tip #3: Limit screen time.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids get no more than one to two hours of screen time a day, whether that’s watching TV, surfing the Internet, or playing video games. But many children spend four or more hours each day in front of a screen. Encourage active alternatives to these passive pastimes, such as shooting hoops at the local playground, walking the dog, or a game of tag.

To help keep temptation at bay, remove TVs from bedrooms and put the computer in a shared space where you can supervise. If you have teens, set guidelines about other sedentary pursuits like chatting on the phone or text messaging.

Kid Fitness Tip #4: Lead by example.

If you vegetate in front of the TV every night, the remote control in one hand and a bag of chips in the other, you’re not practicing what you preach. And your kids aren’t likely to respect restrictions you set on their screen time either. So check your own viewing behavior and serve as a role model by incorporating physical activity into your everyday life. When you can, walk instead of driving. Climb the stairs rather than wait for the elevator. Regularly participate in active pursuits that you enjoy and let your kids see — and hear about — how much you enjoy them.

Kid Fitness Tip #5: Offer positive feedback.

Praise a child for perfecting that handstand or figuring out how to pump those legs to swing high in the sky. Out-of-shape or uncoordinated children need to hear encouragement for reaching even small goals, such as walking or biking further than last time. Remember, acknowledge the effort — choosing to be active or trying to improve a skill — rather than the outcome to help build your child’s confidence, says Small.

Children who aren’t naturally athletic may be self-conscious about their physical skills (or lack of them). They may also fear public failure, embarrassment, or teasing. A child may just be physically cautious. These kids need all the support and cheerleading you can offer. Nagging or negative comments don’t work and will only serve to make your child feel bad, adds Nixon, who conducts research on physical activity and children at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Kid Fitness Tip #6: Bring a friend along.

Kids love to hang out with their peers, so invite a buddy along for a bike ride, offer to bring a friend ice-skating, or head to the pool with a companion. Young children enjoy going to the playground with friends to chase, climb, swing, slide, and run. If your child is more likely to check out a team sport with a friend in tow, then go ahead and sign her up. Just make sure the focus is on making fitness fun and learning new skills — not competition and winning — as this can dampen your child’s enthusiasm for the game.

Kid Fitness Tip #7: Use exercise as a reward.

Forcing a child to go outside and play may backfire and increase resentment and resistance. “Exercise should never be punitive,” says Small. “Don’t make your child run laps or do push-ups as punishment.” Instead, try using physical activity as a reward. Your child might be happy to play kickball for 20 minutes if it’s a chance to take a break from homework.

Kid Fitness Tip #8: Establish a regular routine.

Make sure that children’s fitness is plugged into the family schedule in the same way that school, work, shopping, chores, family gatherings, birthday parties, and playdates find their way onto the calendar. You and your child are more likely to stick to an exercise plan if you incorporate it into your life on a routine basis. And your child will begin to expect (and accept) that Saturday morning usually means a bike ride, and a couple of nights a week after dinner the family takes a brisk walk through the neighborhood.

Kid Fitness Tip #9: Take a non-negotiable position.

Is going to school, brushing teeth, or wearing a seat belt a subject of debate in your home? No, because these are all activities that promote the health, safety, and well-being of your child. Well, the same approach should apply to children’s fitness, says Nixon. It’s a no-brainer: Getting regular exercise is good for your mental and physical health. Stand firm from the get-go and don’t let your child argue the merits of playing computer games versus playing ball games.

Kid Fitness Tip #10: Instill the idea that exercise is in.

Some kids really respond to the concept of doing something that’s cool. Maybe your child wants to grind on a skateboard like Tony Hawke, deliver a karate kick a la Bruce Lee, learn the latest hip hop routine, or master the moves of capoeira. Older children, in particular, may have strong opinions about what’s hip and what isn’t. If it’s safe and active and encourages your child to get in shape, then allow your kid to pick an activity that appeals to his sense of style.

Kid Fitness Tip #11: Put your child in charge.

Let each kid take a turn choosing an active weekend pursuit or after school activity. The nature lover may vote for a hike, the adventurer may opt for a trip to the nearest jungle gym or climbing wall. More sedentary souls may select an activity — like walking, biking, or scootering — with a destination in mind, such as a visit to the local library. Whether you wind up at a batting cage, bowling alley, or belly dancing class, they all count as children’s fitness activities and your child can feel a sense of control over the situation. For younger kids, however, you may want to limit how many options they have to choose from.

Kid Fitness Tip #12: Make it fun.

Little children don’t need much encouragement to stretch like a cat, run like a tiger, or jump like a kangaroo. And they’ll have a blast doing it. And don’t forget, grade schoolers still enjoy the opportunity for free play — inside or out — after a day spent at the desk. Stuck inside with tweens or teens on a rainy day? Then break out an action-oriented dance video game, to get your youngsters expending some energy. Younger children may enjoy just putting on some music to dance up a storm together. Whatever the activity, you want to keep the fun in kid fitness.

How will you and your family celebrate in “Exercise With Your Kids” Week? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter!

*The tips mentioned in this post were taken from this article on WebMD.com

Pinterest for the little ones

Pinterest is a great resource for recipes, crafts and pretty pictures. but did you also know that it is a great resource for the little ones? These three pages are chock full of tips for parents, but kids can get in on the fun too – see below!

Zina’s boards have over 270,000 followers. We love the creative kids recipes and different ideas for fun seasonal activities.

Zulily maintains 27 boards of clothes, art and accessories for kids and moms. The cute pictures on their boards feature themed clothes so your kiddos can help pick out their threads!

Kathy James’ boards may be some of our all time favorites. Games, crafts, science experiments, ideas for holidays and of course recipes! All geared for little eyes, ears and hands.

Just because we don’t have a board, doesn’t mean we’re not on Pinterest! Check out some of our friends who have found us and pinned us!

Bean here, bean there, beans everywhere!

Beans are a wonderful, useful cooking resource. Although many children do not care for eating them, Handstand Kids know that they are important to healthy cooking! Sometimes it is easier to get kids to eat something if they know more about it. That is why today we will be giving your little ones a short lesson on beans. Why don’t you buy a large mixed bag – many groceries sell them near mixes from soups – and take the lesson below and see if your children can identify the different types of beans? Then take their favorite and make a recipe!


Adzuki- A small, deep red bean. Somewhat sweet with a delicate texture.

Black Beans – A small, oval, black bean. with an earthy flavor and soft texture.

Black-eyed peas – An oval, creamy white bean with a “black eye.” Soft textured and an excellent source of fiber and iron.

Chickpeas – Large, round, cream-colored beans with a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. An excellent source or folate and a good source of fiber and iron.

Fava Beans – Oval-shaped light brown beans with an earthy flavor and creamy texture.

Kidney Beans – A large, kidney-shaped, deep reddish brown or white bean with a bland taste and a soft texture.

Lima Beans (butter beans) – Flat, oval, creamy white beans. Small and dried with a mild taste.

Mung Beans – A tiny, round dried bean with a thick outer skin that may be green, brown or black in color, originating from India.

Navy Beans (Yankee beans, Boston beans, Fagiloi, Haricot) - A small white bean with a good, strong flavor. An excellent source of folate and fiber and a good source of iron.

Pinto Beans – Medium-size, beige and brown speckles beans. Earthy flavors and mealy textures. Oval shaped and good for making refried beans.

What beans are you cooking up? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter!

Taste of Brooklyn: August Family Fun in NYC

For fun in August in Brooklyn, bring the family to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s annual Taste of Brooklyn foodie celebration for kids! You can join in delicious workshops run by local Brooklyn cooks and restaurants. The event runs on both Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s some idea of the yummy possibilities:

Ice Cream Fun: Learn about the culture behind ice cream. Sample delicious ice cream flavors and create an ice cream collage to take home

Super Foxy Sweets: Introduce the kids to delicious vegan candy, confections and baked treats made at a small kitchen in Brooklyn!

Special Book Reading and Author Appearance: Our very own Yvette Garfield will meet young fans and inspire them to read, write, and cook!

The event runs August 25-26th, and museum hours are 10-5pm. If you’re coming to the event, make sure to drop us a line on our Facebook and Twitter letting us know!

Labor Day Fun!

Labor Day is a celebration of the economic and social contributions of workers. Although most Handstand Kids want to grow up to be Master Chefs there are some who have other callings. Use your day off to have a fun picnic and talk to your kids about what they want to be when they grow up! The recipes below will make a fun picnic, so get ready for some good times!

Creamy Radish Dip from Tasteofhome.com is healthy AND yummy!

Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings from TasteofHome.com will make any meal an easy one to have a conversation around.

 

What do your Handstand Kids want to be when they grow up? Post pics to our Facebook and Twitter!

 

Mexican-themed Lunchbox Recipes

With school starting back up in full force, coming up with creative and healthy lunches for your children can get tricky.

However, we hope these two recipes from our Mexican Cookbook Kit come in handy during lunch preparation!

Fiesta Corn Recipe

Mexican Torta

(Click on photos for a larger, printable version!)

As always, if you try out either of these recipes make sure to share a photo on our Facebook Page or tweet us at @HandstandKids!

Language Lesson: Arroz and Mi fan

Have you ever been so hungry that you could eat a thousand of something? Well the answer would be to eat rice! Today we’ll teach you two new ways to say rice:

Spanish:

Chinese:

Now continue to practice these words by using them. The best way to use them is to make a recipe with them, like the Chicken with Rice Never Tasted So Nice from our Handstand Kids Mexico Cookbook and Shrimp Fried Rice from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook!

What recipes are you making with rice? Sorry, we meant arroz or mi fan! Post pics to our Facebook or Twitter!

Sprinkles All Around!

On any of the recipes for cakes, cookies or cupcakes from our Handstand Kids Baking Around the World Cookbook!

This recipe for Chocolate Dipped Fruit on a Stick from Family Fresh Cooking adds SOME fruit into the mix.

Regular Chocolate Covered Pretzels get a fun, bright twist on the SugarCooking blog!

These pretty Rainbow Marshmallows from Hostess with the Mostess are perfect for a child’s party!

What do you like to put sprinkles on? Tell us on our Facebook and Twitter!

Picky Eater Tips

No matter how hard you try, sometimes you will be presented with a pint-sized picky eater. Since it is imperative to get kids to develop healthy eating habits, try some of these tips adapted from VegKitchen.com.
  • Let them get their feet wet with new foods – by introducing them surrounded by old favorites.
  • Introduce new foods slowly – because children can sometimes get overwhelmed by large quantities of food. They may feel more successful if they can finish a small quantity of food provided, so keep portions small.
  • Avoid food rewards – as punishment and enticement will confuse the fact that you can establish and enforce rules.
  • Let your kids cook with you! – Handstand Kids are less picky because they get to help plan meals! The below recipe for Shredded Chicken Tostadas from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook is a favorite recipe of all kids – and parents will love the additions of lettuce, tomatoes and beans!

Do you have tips for feeding tricky tots? Send them our way via Facebook and Twitter!