Let your child throw a pizza party! Buy pizza crust and sauce, then let your kid top it with a unique combo of cheese, meat and veggies. Try a fruit pizza, too, using cream cheese, berries and bananas. These perfect pizzas are sure to draw lots of ooohs and aaaahs from your dinner guests!
Tip of the Day August 27
Be excited about learning. When kids see that you value education, they’ll be more apt to value it as well.
Tip of the Day August 26
Talk about all the people required to run a restaurant and assign jobs to your family. The sous-chef can help with recipe steps, like mashing potatoes or measuring milk. A host or hostess can welcome guests and show them to their seats. The server can set the table, hand out menus, and take orders.
Tip of the Day August 25
Make a decision—with your child, if she is old enough—about school lunches. Will she be taking a bagged lunch to school or purchasing lunch at the school cafeteria? It’s helpful to plan out bagged lunches at least a week in advance.
Tip of the Day August 24
For a fun change of pace, make family meals feel and look more like a restaurant outing. Put your child in charge of making menus, designing place-mats, setting the table, folding napkins, and filling water glasses.
Tip of the Day August 23
Remember intelligence is not fixed: Effort and persistence when facing challenges are important characteristics of a successful student. Tell your child, “smart is not what you are; smart is what you work to become.”
Tip of the Day August 22
Decide what’s for dinner together! Sit down together with a few recipe ideas and plan a well-balanced meal, with your child writing down or drawing pictures of what you need at the store. Ask school-age kids to keep track of how much you’re spending while you shop.
Tip of the Day August 21
Keep school supplies together, by the door. Encourage your child to clean up his homework area every evening after homework is complete. Books and homework should be placed inside backpacks, and backpacks placed near the door to eliminate rushing around in the morning.
Tip of the Day August 20
Play the name game during family dinner! If your kitchen were a restaurant, what would its name be? A combo of your family’s names? An ode to a favorite pet? Once the restaurant name is settled, pick crazy names for what’s on the menu.
Tip of the Day August 19
Open a hip, new restaurant in your own house! Invite friends or family over for dinner, then put your child to work transforming your kitchen into a cool café! This kind of experiential play increases creativity, literacy, and math skills – plus it gives you an opportunity to teach your kids about health and nutrition!