Time outs. I don't like spanking. I was spanked and I resented the
heck out of my parents for doing it.
[Using humor] can break those difficult moments that could
degenerate. If you can laugh, you can avoid getting angry. --FunnyCoolLady
We keep a fairly steady schedule so that our son knows what to expect.
We have strong personal self-control and act as role models to teach him
self-control and its value. He knows that if we say something, we follow
through on it. -- Iocasta
Sometimes we just let the consequences of what our daughter is doing do the
disciplining -- like if she puts her paper doll in the toilet she obviously
doesn't get to play with the paper doll anymore. She's learning that
every action she takes has a consequence, be it good or bad. -- mias_mommy1
We do "spank" with a swat on the thighs, but not in anger.
Our son gets a warning, then is told again, and [then] we ask if he wants a
spanking and count to three. We rarely get past two before he complies. -- sarahdear
4. What are your child’s favorite healthy but simple snack foods?
My daughter loves apple slices. She'll take them over a piece of
candy any day. -- mias_mommy1
I've never been one to [cut] pears into rabbit [shapes] etc., so I don't
have many cutesy ideas. My kids love homemade muffins, cornbread, fruit
salad, scones, etc. I make several baked items at once and then freeze
the batches. This allows me to offer them variety throughout the month.
(We don't have to eat ALL of the muffins in two days.) -- ajloven
Dried fruit like apples, plums, apricots, raisins, cranberries, and
even blueberries, too. -- treyna
Any fruits. And we use a good quality yogurt as a dip – my son loves
to dip things. -- Jle21
Sliced cucumbers with some lemon juice, lightly salted. -- smilingisgood
5. Do your kids get school lunch, or do you pack them something healthy at home?
If my kids really want to buy lunch, I will probably [only] allow that
once a week or so, unless they can show me they will pick a well-rounded
meal. -- meredith18439
[As a kid,] I always had a sandwich, a vegetable, and a granola bar. For my
son, I plan to be a bit more creative than my mom was. An ideal
lunch for him would be a hard-boiled egg, spinach and cheese square, small
pasta salad (made with a homemade vinaigrette dressing), and for desert some
berries with yogurt. -- Jle21
I will always pack a lunch for my children. After [all the
greasy food that] I ate at school lunch, they will always have something from
home. -- mias_mommy1
We don't do lunch boxes. The school canteen does balanced,
tasty meals. -- FunnyCoolLady
Once children hit their teens, they're often making their own eating
choices. What steps do you take to ensure they're getting a healthy lunch as
often as possible? Start when they are young. -- smilingisgood