Berry goodness SMOOTHIE FOR TODDLERS
This simple smoothie from doesn’t need any sugar or other ingredients added to make it a tasty, healthy treat for toddlers. Ingredients
90ml safe drinking water 2 level scoops Anmum Pediapro 3 ¼ banana (use a frozen banana for a thicker smoothie) 2 Tbsp frozen berries
Place water and Anmum Pediapro 3 into blender Add banana and berries Blend until smooth Serve in a toddler-friendly cup at mealtimes hot tips early years
We recently had a family working bee to plant trees, move clay and clear rubbish on a piece of land we had all chipped in on. I am still relishing the sense of team I felt, the pride in the job we did, the satisfaction that we accomplished more than what we thought we would and the fact that we all had a good time. We had breaks for refreshments and we made sure there was time for surveying the landscape and for cheering each other on.
It got me thinking about the value of teamwork, especially in families. Some opportunities for making this happen can pass us by, so watch out for the next one that might be useful to harness. Like the one I saw some years ago. A family of five were very keen to purchase a farm bike to use for time spent on the grandparent’s farm. It would be a shared item that each member of the family would be taught to use and be able to enjoy. Instead of just mum and dad purchasing it, they decided to make it a family project.
So they laminated a big picture of the (second hand) farm bike they wanted, and cut it into about 100 pieces. A new family job list was created – tasks that were bigger and took a bit more effort than the regular chores they all did (dishes, making beds, taking the rubbish out etc). Each of the jobs was given a value of $4, and as they were completed, pieces of the bike puzzle were stuck up on the wall. So that little by little, the bike picture took shape and got paid off.
The jobs were for things like –
Mowing the lawns Weeding a section of the garden Walking the neighbours’ dog Preparing a meal Washing the car
Stacking wood for the fire Vacuuming the whole house A few great things happened for this family. They worked hard together. It became less about comparing what they had done and more about how exciting it was that another piece of the puzzle was up. The children were creative – they thought of extra jobs not on the list and they negotiated a fair price. For instance, one of the children wanted to bake and put something in the tins, so they worked out how much that was worth. Another child wanted to sort through items in their room that were no longer needed and could be donated. It was decided that they could earn a $4 piece of the puzzle for that too.
It took months, not weeks, to finally finish the puzzle. That meant a whole lot of waiting, working, and persistence was required. When the time came for the bike purchase to be made, there was excitement and a tangible feeling of satisfaction for working hard and achieving a goal. What was probably most cherished in the family was the level of care and responsibility that was shown in the upkeep of the bike. The parents were so aware that their children were grateful for the bike and they overheard them talking to their friends about how cool it was.
So next time your children are keen for a family holiday, a new tent, a movie night – whatever it is, big or small, it could be a wonderful opportunity to get everyone invested and working towards the same goal.