My peaceful parenting rant


Just saw some FOX News host repeatedly shake his belt in the faces of three experts sitting in his studio and trying to argue that spanking and hitting children is outdated, and modern parents should use more peaceful methods based on recent studies. And he just kept laughing and shaking his belt, and saying that he was spanked, beaten, punched in the face, etc., yet he is fine, not mentally scarred, and definitely has no problem with any parent doing what had been done to him. I was speechless. And shocked. Yes, shocked and speechless.

Just because something questionable had been done to you doesn’t mean it is right, and/or should be done to others. Is it clear? Continue reading

How to survive a snowstorm


Here is something that helped us survive for three days after the snowstorm, without electricity and any form of heating. We have a fireplace that we only use for fun once in a while, maybe only once-twice a year, and which we couldn’t use this time because of the heavy snow on the roof that blocked our flue that lets the smoke out. So, obviously, we were left to fight for our lives with only a gas stove in the kitchen.
NOW, I remembered that when I was a kid we would put big rocks on top of the stove to generate more heat. I also knew you could do this with bricks, or something similar. We only had these landscaping stones around, so I decided to try them out. First we put only two and it got much warmer over the next few minutes. Then we decided to put two more and see what happens. You have no idea how hot they get and how much warmth they produce. We would heat up two rooms easily just by doing it with these stones. When it got too hot for my taste we just killed the fire under some of them, or removed the extra stones.
The only thing I have to warn about: keep anything that you don’t need getting warm, away from the stove. I didn’t realize that a lot of things in the above and nearby cabinets got too warm. Especially be careful with liquids, perishable packed foods, and medications; I am sure high temperatures are not too good for them.
That’s it, I hope you won’t be too afraid to be stuck in freezing temperatures without power when you know you have options to stay warm.

How to get kids to try new foods


I don’t force my kids to eat when they don’t feel like it, or when they are not hungry. I trust they know their bodies better than I do, and I don’t want to make a fuss out of their appetite, and create some unwanted relationship with food in the future. BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t try to teach good eating habits by offering them a variety of heathy choices. This is tricky sometimes, as every parent knows, but I discovered that this simple story gets my daughter so fascinated that she would try almost anything. ALMOST, still not everything. Sometimes she asks me for this story, and we even found her a very pretty shiny ceramic bowl, that serves as our magic pot.
I also try to change the story to keep it fresh every time. Sometimes we have a girl with her mother, sometimes we have a brother and a sister, or the whole family of characters. They also live in different places and houses. The sky is the limit here, really.
In case you want to try it next time, good luck!

Halloween Fairy to the rescue

If you are like me and do not encourage candy in the house but still want the kids to experience the fun, meet Halloween Fairy. I read somewhere last year (can’t remember where but it stuck in my head) that one mom had this tradition in her house when kids were only allowed to have a few candies during Halloween, and the rest they put in their bags and left outside in the evening for the Fairy. And in the morning they had nice gifts waiting for them, from the Fairy of course. I loved it and trying it for the first time this year now that my child is old enough to trick or treat. I think it is a wonderful tradition and I love that we don’t have to fight about the candy. And what kid doesn’t like fairies and gifts?