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Not Eating Dinner Syndrome

Not Eating Dinner Syndrome

Not Eating Dinner Syndrome

Do you suffer from not eating dinner syndrome?

So lately, we are suffering from the not eating dinner syndrome in our household.  Mr J is 20 months and has always gone between picking like a sparrow and demolishing like an eating machine.

The Situation

Lately he seems to be devouring breakfast and then petering off for the remainder of the day preferring milk in a Sippy cup or a bottle of formula. By dinner time, he is over it!
Firstly, he is a snacker!!!. Has loves biscuits and fruit and snack type foods – ANYTHING sweet. The human body is always amazing to me as my daughter comes from the same gene pool and has always had a penchant for savoury foods. Therefore, a kid that goes for everything sweet is new to me.

Mr J is a typical toddler in that he wants what he wants when he wants it and nothing else will do. I am always racking my brain to find something for him to eat that is healthy and that he will enjoy. He will try new foods, which is sometimes half the battle, but he likes something one day but not the next and is a fussy eater.

My Ideal

I have always tried to maintain a family dinner with varying degrees of success. Ideally, I would like us all to sit down together as a family and discuss our day or chat about upcoming things we are going to be doing. Now in reality the TV remains on most of the time which involves the kids, and the husband, glued to the TV and getting any conversation is sometimes a chore.

Now hubby works long hours and is rarely home in time for dinner, which makes it hard to stick to a routine with the kids so I try to have dinner with them and we aim between 6:00pm to 6:30pm.

Up until a few months ago, Mr J would sit in his high chair when we got home around 5:15pm and have food, either some yogurt or a sandwich or something substantial and then I would bath him and we would all sit down together and he would have a second round of food before bed.

The Issue

Suddenly he decided he did not like eating by himself and therefore wanted to wait until we all sit down together. Thus has been born the non-eater. I believe he is now too tired at the time we have dinner so does not eat and whinges which results in him going to bed. The hard part with that is he wakes up at 5:15am and wants a bottle, which I have come to realise, is because he is hungry!

Firstly, I began so that he had the same meals as everyone, thinking this would be incentive to eat just like everyone else.

Secondly, I tried different meals for him and stuck to things he likes so that would encourage him to eat.

Thirdly, I have given him a number of options so that he has a few things to choose from so he could pick whatever tickled his fancy on the day.

RESULT = not eating dinner syndrome.

So what to do?

So next, I think I am going to go back to the two-fold dinner. Give him something to eat, that he likes, when we first get home. I hope that he eats that, and then sit him down with the family to have a second course. We will try that and see how we go and then fingers crossed he will have a full tummy and now wake so early.
I know I am not along in this and have Googled the issues and I have listed some good sites below, however please share your experiences below as I would love to hear how you solve these problems at your house.

Here are also some articles I found when I searched for tips on keeping them safe:

Hope you found this article either amusing or interesting – thanks for reading.

Mel Parish

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Real Kids Shades Swag Style

Real Kids Shades Swag Style

Real Kids Shades Swag Style

Three colours to choose from

Real Kids Shades Swag Style is based on the iconic Wayfarer style but proportioned for Young Adults. Swag comes in cool colour combinations, so be prepared to stock up on a variety of colours! As with all Real Kids products they come with 100% UVA/UVB protection.  Suitable for youths 10+.

The name says it all – Swag! Trendy & Oh So Cool!! Styled from the iconic Wayfarer style Made to fit Young Adults – approximately 10+ (even adults with small to average sized heads)
Lightweight polycarbonate frames, built for strength and safety Shatterproof polycarbonate lenses 100% UVA/UVB Protection
Mirrored lenses

Technical Specifications:

  • UV 400
  • CPSIA Compliant
  • FDA Approved Registration Number 3003984416
  • CE Certified
  • US Patents D485290, D485291, D485292, D485293
  • AU Patents 158396, 2004201328

Colours Available:

  • Black
  • Black/Neon Blue
  • Black/Neon Pink
  • Black/Red

Choose your colour from the dropdown menu above.

See our other styles for Breeze, Bolt, Sky, Surf and Explorer available in different sizes.

Real Kids Shades Breeze Style

Real Kids Shades Breeze Style

Real Kids Shades Breeze Style

Three colours to choose from

Real Kids Shades Breeze Style – breeze has a stylish squared off frame and comes in a variety of fun colour combinations. A wrapped style provides protection from peripheral light.

  • Flex-FitTM Frame pull, bend, flex, twist, virtually unbreakable!
  • Detachable strap
  • Wrap around style that hugs the face
  • 100% UVA/UVB Protection
  • Shatterproof polycarbonate lenses
  • A great staple style for all kids!

Technical Specifications:

  • UV 400
  • CPSIA Compliant
  • FDA Approved Registration Number 3003984416
  • CE Certified
  • US Patents D485290, D485291, D485292, D485293
  • AU Patents 158396, 2004201328

Colours Available:

  • Aqua/Pink
  • Cherry Pink/Lime
  • Purple/Navy

Size Available:

  • Kids 4+
  • Youth 7+

Choose your colour and size from the dropdown menu above.

See our other styles for Bolt, Sky, Surf Explorer and Swag available in different sizes.

Real Kids Shades Explorer Style

Real Kids Shades Explorer Style

Real Kids Shades Explorer Style

Shades for your Baby or Toddler

Real Kids Shades Explorer Style – little ones are prepared for any adventure when they are wearing our Explorer sunglasses! A wrap around frame minimises exposure to peripheral light while the soft, adjustable/removable strap ensures these glasses will be comfortable and stay put.

  • Flex-FitTM Frame – pull, bend, flex, twist, virtually unbreakable!
  • Detachable strap
  • Wrap around style that hugs the face
  • 100% UVA/UVB Protection
  • Shatterproof polycarbonate lenses
  • A great staple style for all kids!

Technical Specifications:

  • UV 400
  • CPSIA Compliant
  • FDA Approved Registration Number 3003984416
  • CE Certified
  • US Patents D485290, D485291, D485292, D485293
  • AU Patents 158396, 2004201328

Styles Available:

  • Aqua/Pink
  • Black/Red
  • Cherry Pink/Lime
  • Pink/Hot Pink
  • Royal Blue/Green

Sizes Available:

  • Baby 0+
  • Kids 4+
  • Toddler 2+

Choose your style and size from the dropdown menu above.

See our other styles for Breeze, Bolt, Sky, Surf and Swag available in different sizes.

Real Kids Shades Bolt Style

Real Kids Shades Bolt Style

Real Kids Shades Bolt Style

Three colours to choose from

Real Kids Shades Bolt Style – we made the Bolt as an alternative to banded sunglasses. These sunglasses have classic temples and fashion-forward, two-tone colouring. The frames are super flexible so they can survive all the twists and turns of kid life without breaking

  • Flex-FitTM Frame ? pull, bend, flex, twist, virtually unbreakable!
  • Detachable strap
  • Wrap around style that hugs the face
  • 100% UVA/UVB Protection
  • Shatterproof polycarbonate lenses
  • A great staple style for all kids!

Technical Specifications:

  • UV 400
  • CPSIA Compliant
  • FDA Approved Registration Number 3003984416
  • CE Certified
  • US Patents D485290, D485291, D485292, D485293
  • AU Patents 158396, 2004201328

Colours Available:

  • Black/Red
  • Navy/Red
  • Royal Blue/Green

Size Available:

  • Kids 4+
  • Youth 7+

Choose your colour and size from the dropdown menu above.

See our other styles for BreezeSky, SurfExplorer and Swag available in different sizes.

Real Kids Shades Surf Style

Real Kids Shades Surf Style

Real Kids Shades Surf Style

Four colours to choose from

Real Kids Shades Surf Style, your son or daughter will be the coolest looking kid on the block with our Surf sunglasses. Based on the classic Wayfarer styling, we?ve pumped up the style with bright neon colours. Don?t let the high fashion look fool you -these sunglasses provide serious 100% UVA and UVB protection. Recommended for kids 4+ to 7

  • Flex-FitTM Frame – pull, bend, flex, twist, virtually unbreakable!
  • Detachable strap
  • Wrap around style that hugs the face
  • 100% UVA/UVB Protection
  • Shatterproof polycarbonate lenses
  • A great staple style for all kids!

Technical Specifications:

  • UV 400
  • CPSIA Compliant
  • FDA Approved Registration Number 3003984416
  • CE Certified
  • US Patents D485290, D485291, D485292, D485293
  • AU Patents 158396, 2004201328

Colours Available:

  • Black
  • Neon Blue
  • Neon Pink
  • Red

Size Available:

  • Kids 4+
  • Youth 7+

Choose your colour and size from the dropdown menu above.

See our other styles for Breeze, Bolt, Sky, Explorer and Swag available in different sizes.

Real Kids Shades Sky Style

Real Kids Shades Sky Style

Real Kids Shades Sky Style

Two colours to choose from

Real Kids Shades Sky Style, looking for fashionable sunglasses? Sky provides serious sun protection and cool aviator styling. The Sky style comes in a variety of lively colours so you can find just the look you want. TPEE Flex-Fit TM means these glasses will always be comfortable and hard wearing. Recommended for kids 4+ to 7

 

  • Flex-FitTM Frame ? pull, bend, flex, twist, virtually unbreakable!
  • Detachable strap
  • Wrap around style that hugs the face
  • 100% UVA/UVB Protection
  • Shatterproof polycarbonate lenses
  • A great staple style for all kids!

Technical Specifications:

  • UV 400
  • CPSIA Compliant
  • FDA Approved Registration Number 3003984416
  • CE Certified
  • US Patents D485290, D485291, D485292, D485293
  • AU Patents 158396, 2004201328

Colours Available:

  • Black
  • Neon Pink

Size Available:

  • Kids 4+
  • Youth 7+
  • Toddler 2+

Choose your colour and size from the dropdown menu above.

See our other styles for Breeze, BoltSurfExplorer and Swag available in different sizes.

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How do you keep them safe?

How do you keep them safe?

Discussion on child safety in this day and age from stranger danger to technology

Stranger Danger

So in this day and age there are sooo many things to think about to try and protect your children from and and inform them about so they are aware. From the standard just crossing the street and being careful with sharp knifes and not running with scissors to stranger danger, bullying and cyber safety.

When I was younger it seemed like there was so much less to worry about.  You didn’t get in the car with, talk to or go anywhere with strangers. But unless it was the same and it just wasn’t as well publicised or reported – today seems like a lot more things we need to be teaching our children. Every other day you hear about a child being attacked or nearly attacked and most of the time it is sexually. So how do you go about trying to protect and educate your kids without freaking them out totally and making them scared someone is going to ‘take’ or ‘hurt’ them?????

So as kids do, my daughter (Miss S who is 6) gets scared about watching ‘baddies’ on TV but then I am always telling her to be careful when we are in the shopping centre and don’t stray or run away from me and don’t talk to strangers.  A few times she has said “I have to be careful or someone might take me” and lately we have to tell her nothing bad is going to happen to her every night.   Now the mummy guilt kicks in that I’ve frightened her but I also think she needs to be aware that the world isn’t fully of unicorns and rainbows but how far do you go?

I would say I am probably a more cautious and over-protective parent than your average parent as my mother was before me. In our house, we have an open door theory (bedrooms etc) and encourage frank open discussion about whatever questions the kids ask.  This is about everything from why do we eat oranges to where do babies come from.  Even with all of the above, I know my daughter is confident and I have seen her talk to complete strangers.  A few weeks ago, there was a report of someone approaching a child at the school.  Seriously how scary is that?  But what can you do?  You cannot lock them away from people altogether so we have had further discussions about what to do if someone approaches and that you “NO, GO, TELL” which has been around for ages but I don’t think you can remind them enough.

Technology

However, it does not stop there – every kid has access to at least one device that has access to the Internet as well as Netflix or some other streaming media and you can’t be there all the time.  Yes, there are parental controls and special apps that will reduce inappropriate content, however you do need to configure them and keep them up to date.  Alas, it seems that inappropriate content still creeps through. Alarmingly there are now reports of young boys thinking that porn is way that normal loving people have sex and the psychological and physical damage that that is causing both parties is almost too much for my parenting brain to think about. Nevertheless, as a parent I feel we need to step up and try and change this perception and we have a moral obligation to educate our children on these topics and not rely on the internet or some video to do it for us.  The message does not seem to be getting through.

Apart from the issue of inappropriate content seeping thought and permeating our children’s brains there is also the issue of bullying?  There are so many frightening statistics of the number of children and young adults that are constantly bullied 24/7.  When I was a teenager, prior to so much technology (yes I am that old),  when you left school for the day – that was it – you could switch off and not have anyone being nasty to you.  With access to 24/7 social media it seems relentless and there is no escape from people who want to bully others.  Even if it is, just a subset of keyboard warriors instead of the other kids you child associates with on a daily basis.

Let me ask you – do you know what your child is doing on their phone or device?  Do you connected with them on social media?  Do you know who their friends are on Snapchat and Tinder?  Gone are the days that you can say ‘Oh that is what all the kids are looking at nowadays’ – we, as parents, need to be involved.

What do we do?

I have raised a lot of questions and points here and I am by no means any sort of expert I am just a mother trying to equip her children for the current and future world and keep them safe.  For me I think and open dialogue and ensuring your kids feel comfortable in telling you what is happening or what they are concerned about are the best steps to bring the discussion out into the open.   I think we should be on all the social media platforms our children are on so we can see the content and know how they work!  I also am an avid believer that kids should not be hidden away in another room with their device, they should be out in the family room with everyone else that way you can see their expressions and keep having a sly look at the screen as well as engage them in conversation to find out what they are doing.

These things have been on my mind for some time, hence I thought I would write them down.  Feel free to share in the comments about how you protect your children and your philosophies on the points I have mentioned.  Be kind though as my mother always said treat others as you would like to be treated.

Useful Links

Here are also some articles I found when I searched for tips on keeping them safe:

Hope you found this article thought provoking if nothing else – thanks for reading.

A concerned parent doing their best.

Mel Parish

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Lilac Bed Canopy

Lilac Bed Canopy

Lilac Bed Canopy

Plastic removable hook with 3M pad and optional screws

Lilac Bed Canopy – Swoon no longer over stunning children’s bedrooms on Instagram! You can have your very own Insta worthy bedroom fit for a princess, dreamer, fairy catcher or lover of magic and imagination with our light grey children?s bed canopy. Australia designed by Freddie & Ava, this lilac bed canopy is timeless. It works well with almost any kid’s bedroom decor and oozes style without the luxury price tag.

A KIDS CANOPY MAKES A BEDROOM EXTRA SPECIAL

Made from super soft, 100% high quality polyester, our lilac bedroom canopy hangs 210cm high with a 70cm hanging ribbon. Create an instant secret hideaway with our calming, lilac kids play canopy. These charming d?cor items are ideal for styling a canopy reading nook, too. At 62cm in diameter, it?s a perfect place for your child to indulge in some of their favourite bedtime stories.

Our bedroom canopies are also perfect as a bed tents for kids, creating a cozy sleep space. Set the scene by hanging fairy lights or flowers from the central ribbon loop and open and close the canopy using the draw back ties.

We don’t recommend that canopies are hung above the beds of children younger than 3 years old for safety reasons, but they are perfect as play tents and book nooks elsewhere in the bedroom or nursery. Transfer them above the bed for a cozy night’s sleep – or secret adventure space – after 3 years of age.

Canopy colours may appear slightly different to pictures due to lighting.

Care Instructions
Do not iron or machine wash
Canopy can be steam cleaned
Canopies may have crinkles upon removing from packaging, these will drop with time otherwise steam cleaning whilst canopy is hanging will remove crinkles.

Warning
Contains small parts, this is not a toy, adult assembly is required.
Do not hang canopies over beds or cots of children under 3 years old.

Inclusions
Plastic removable hook with 3M pad and optional screws included.
Hook hanging instructions included.

Why not match this with one of our Freddie & Ava matching pom pom blanket for the bed or one of the rugs:  single colour rugs hex shaped rugs or round rugs with a border

Or one of our other bed canopies available in pink, grey, white and white lace

White Lace Bed Canopy

White Lace Bed Canopy

White Lace Bed Canopy

Plastic removable hook with 3M pad and optional screws

White Lace Bed Canopy – In search of a children’s bed canopy, designed in Australia, that is classic and timeless? Lace simply never goes out of style and brings that deluxe soft and dreamy feel to any child’s bedroom. What’s more, white lace is extremely photogenic and looks amazing with any feature items or linen you decide to match it with.

When you buy a canopy for kids from Freddie & Ava, you?re buying a piece that is thoughtfully designed by us to be adored and enjoyed by you and your child. Our white lace canopy exudes glamour, but without the luxury price tag. As a baby nursery canopy, kids? reading tent or bed canopy, this is the ultimate in on trend vintage kids? bedroom styling.

LUXURY LACE BED CANOPY, DESIGNED IN AUSTRALIA

Made with soft 100% high quality nylon lace, our white lace bed canopy will transform your child?s bedroom into a whimsical retreat where little imaginations are taken away on magical adventures. We?re sure you?ll have fun capturing the magic too!

The white lace canopy can be hung from the ceiling by the 70cm hanging ribbon and measures 210cm in height. The canopy is 62cm in diameter, perfect to cover a single bed, or pop some cushions underneath to create a stunning reading nook or special space for a tea party. There?s even a small ribbon loop in the centre where you can accessorize with fairy lights, tassels or bunting.

Whimsical, magical, dreamy and fun! What?s not to love about our white lace canopy?

We don’t recommend that canopies are hung above the beds of children younger than 3 years old for safety reasons, but they are perfect as play tents and book nooks elsewhere in the bedroom or nursery. Transfer them above the bed for a cozy night’s sleep – or secret adventure space after 3 years of age.

Canopy colours may appear slightly different to pictures due to lighting.

Care Instructions
Do not iron or machine wash
Canopy can be steam cleaned
Canopies may have crinkles upon removing from packaging, these will drop with time otherwise steam cleaning whilst canopy is hanging will remove crinkles.

Warning
Contains small parts, this is not a toy, adult assembly is required.
Do not hang canopies over beds or cots of children under 3 years old.

Inclusions
Plastic removable hook with 3M pad and optional screws included.
Hook hanging instructions included.

Why not match this with one of our Freddie & Ava matching pom pom blanket for the bed or one of the rugs:  single colour rugs hex shaped rugs or round rugs with a border

Or one of our other bed canopies pink, grey, lilac or white

Handmade Pom Pom Blanket

Handmade Pom Pom Blanket

Handmade Pom Pom Blanket

Made to order – So many colours to choose from

Handmade Pom Pom Blanket  – Snuggles & Pom Pom Dreams

Our Luxurious, Thick Pom Pom Blankets are made with the highest quality cotton to give you one of the softest blankets you ever did see.

Each blanket is individually handmade with love and care by a group of beautiful ladies in China.

Measuring 100cm x 100 cms our because our blankets are handmade there may on the rare occasion be a stitch out of place, this is the character of a handmade piece. Measurements may also be slightly out.

Colours available:

  • Aqua
  • Baby Pink
  • Barbie
  • Beige
  • Black
  • Blossom
  • Blue
  • Blush
  • Brown
  • Burnt Orange
  • Charcoal
  • Dark Brown
  • Dark Grey
  • Dirty Grey
  • Dusty Pink
  • Kahki
  • Lagoon
  • Light Brown
  • Light Grey
  • Light Yellow
  • Magenta
  • Maroon
  • Moss
  • Mustard
  • Navy
  • Night Sky
  • Off White
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Red
  • Strawberry
  • White
  • Yellow

See photos for colours, please colour from dropdown menu above.

Care Instructions
Hand wash or machine wash on warm, gentle cycle, dry flat.

Time to Make
All rugs are made to order with a 4-6 week wait. Please note the Time to Make and then Est delivery time to have an approximate date the crochet rug will be delivered to you.

Why not match this with one of our Freddie & Ava bed canopies available in pink, grey, lilacwhite and white lace or a matching rug for the bedroom or nursery.  Either single colour rugs hex shaped rugs or round rugs with a border

White Bed Canopy

White Bed Canopy

White Bed Canopy

Plastic removable hook with 3M pad and optional screws

White Bed Canopy – Create a beautiful space for your little one with our adorable canopies. Place them over the bed for a magical place to dream at night. Or create a sweet play nook perfect for quiet time, reading, or a make believe fairy home. The canopies come with draw back ties and attach easily to the ceiling.

Our canopies have a small ribbon loop in the centre to hang your favourite goodies.

Designed by Freddie & Ava
100% Soft, High Quality Polyester

Measurements:
Canopy height- 210cm
Diameter- 62cm
Hanging ribbon length (on top of the canopy)- 70cm
Whole canopy height- 280cm

We don’t recommend that canopies are hung above the beds of children younger than 3 years old for safety reasons, but they are perfect as play tents and book nooks elsewhere in the bedroom or nursery. Transfer them above the bed for a cozy night’s sleep – or secret adventure space after 3 years of age.

Canopy colours may appear slightly different to pictures due to lighting.

Care Instructions
Do not iron or machine wash
Canopy can be steam cleaned
Canopies may have crinkles upon removing from packaging, these will drop with time otherwise steam cleaning whilst canopy is hanging will remove crinkles.

Warning
Contains small parts, this is not a toy, adult assembly is required.
Do not hang canopies over beds or cots of children under 3 years old.

Inclusions
Plastic removable hook with 3M pad and optional screws included.
Hook hanging instructions included.

Why not match this with one of our Freddie & Ava matching pom pom blanket for the bed or one of the rugs: single colour rugs hex shaped rugs or round rugs with a border

Or one of our other bed canopies in pink, grey, lilac, and white lace