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Let Your Kids Do Some Chores To Help Them Grow More

Let Your Kids Do Some Chores To Help Them Grow More

The word “chores” may make your child cringe, but I implore you not to give up on having them help out around the house. If you don’t enforce chores on your child, they may grow up thinking that they’ll get everything handed to them on a silver platter (which you and I know is not the case).

Before you start thinking that you’re being too hard on your child — because you know that one day they’re going to throw a tantrum and cry to get out of vacuuming the house — understand that in the future they will thank you. Doing chores teaches important skills that your child will need in the future.

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Chores Allow Your Children To Grow

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    Teaching your children to help with chores at a younger age is key. It helps promote development and allows children to show you that they’re capable of fending for themselves when they’re out in the real world. Letting your child help prepare dinner (perhaps by arranging food on a plate or setting the table) will not only teach them fine and gross motor skills, it will leave them feeling accomplished and wanting to continue doing so.

    Imagine the spark in your child’s eye when you invite grandma over for dinner and they say with confidence “I made that for you, grandma.” Showing off is great at times like these — and grandma will think so, too.

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    Chores Teach Children To Work For What They Want

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      When children get accustomed to getting what they want when they want it, they’re less likely to be willing to work for their prized positions. However, when a child grows up hearing “You will be able to watch your show when you’ve dried the dishes off and put them away,” they’ll understand that in order to sit down and relax with a TV show, they need to step up and help a little bit. Although they might not like it, they will get used to this routine and eventually do their chores without being reminded because they’ll know what’s expected of them.

      Chores Teach Responsibility

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        A great way to prepare your child for the real world is teaching them that they won’t always be able to do things they want to do. Teaching them to apply themselves to do work they don’t enjoy helps them realize that some jobs need to be done whether they want to do them or not. No child wants to sweep and mop or clean their room, but all children are capable of handling it.

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        Instead of offering a prize for each chore they complete, you should attempt to make a chore chart. Write out a list of 5-10 chores you want your child to help with each week, and if they’re completed they get a prize. Prizes can range anywhere from going to the park to going to the movies. While offering your child a toy or a ten-dollar bill will seem nice at the time, I suggest offering something you can do with them. Build memories with them so they can carry out the same techniques with their children, and so on.

        Chores Promotes More Active Behavior

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          Children are more likely to engage in activities that promote movement and development such as gardening, putting away groceries, sweeping, mopping, and dusting. In the book The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning, it is said that movement-based tasks are linked to brain development and improved reading and writing. Plus, what kid doesn’t want to hear that “Using your muscles to carry in groceries will help you look more like Superman!”?

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          20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

          20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

          It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

          Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

          Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

          1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

            These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

            Get the recipe here.

            2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

              This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

              To try this recipe, go here.

              3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

                Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

                Check out the recipe here.

                4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

                  Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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                  Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                  5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

                    This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

                    Find the recipe here.

                    6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

                      The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

                      Get the recipe for this dish here.

                      7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                        Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                        You can find the recipe here.

                        8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                          Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                          Find the recipe here.

                          9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                            This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                            Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                            10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                              Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                              The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                              11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                                Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                                Find the recipe here.

                                12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                                  This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                                  Find the recipe here.

                                  13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                                    Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                                    This easy recipe can be found here.

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                                    14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                                      Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                                      Find out how to make it here.

                                      15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                        This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                        The recipe can be found here.

                                        16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                          This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                          Find the recipe here.

                                          17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                            Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                            Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                            18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                              Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                              Find the recipe here.

                                              19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                                Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                                Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                                20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                                  Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                                  Get the recipe here.

                                                  Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                                  Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                                  Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                                  1. Lose the Sugar

                                                  Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                                  2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                                  Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                                  3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                                  Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                                  When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                                  Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                                  Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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