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2020 resolutions for kids
January 27, 2020

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020 TO BOTH YOUNG AND OLD WITH MANY BLESSINGS!

January is the month where many new habits and ways can be put into force and adopted; for instance now the time to implement some of the following:

1. Time to cut down on junk foods and snacks such as potato chips, candy, sweets and soft drinks. Instead replace those items with fruits such as an apple, orange, grapes or even celery and carrot sticks, and hopefully the habit will carry on thoroughout their life.

2. Take away pop and replace it with a glass of milk or juice, but even at that, check the nutritional value and ratings.

3. Now is the time to teach them good manners and respect of others. It is important to establish this trait while they are young and if we do not teach them respect then no one else will. The teachers have a huge responsibility teaching our children the basics and all the different subjects, so it is up to us to help the teachers developing good habits and to become responsible children.

4. It seems that the trend today is for little children to be picking up and using bad words which they pick up at school or even at home. If they hear their parents saying bad words then naturally they seem to think it is fine for them to do so also. So parents please do not use bad words, especially in front of your children, plus you should not be using those type of words anytime.

5. Try to get them to cut down on all the electric devices and play with toys that they received Christmas. Being glued to those devices may lead them to forgetting how to relate or react with others.

6. Do more activities with your children like going for walks, playing games and exercising. Instead of you talking your dog for a walk alone, let your child do it or take the dog for a walk together.

7. Teach your child responsibilities. Give them projects and duties around the house, such as taking out the trash, making their beds, setting the table, folding clothes and cleaning their room. This will do them a big favor in the long run by establishing these traits in them at a young age.

8. Teach them safety habits and to be aware of their soundings. At a young age, many children do not realize the dangers that could take place around them.

Below are some kids recipes for girls and boys to assist in the preparation. Until next month!

Kid Kabobs with Cheesy Mustard Dip

Dip:

1 container whipped cream cheese

1/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons brown mustard or honey mustard

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons minced green onion

Kabobs:

1/2 pound deli luncheon meat or cooked chicken and turkey, cut into 1-inch cubes

1/2 pound Swiss, Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cups cut-up assorted vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, peppers, cucumbers and celery

16 wooden picks, about 6-inches long

Combine ingredients for dip in medium bowl; mix until well blended. To make kabobs, place cubes of meat, cheese and chunks of vegetables on wooden picks. Serve with dip.

Sweet Treat Tortillas

4 7-inch flour tortillas

1/2 package Neufchatel cheese, softened

1/4 cup strawberry fruit spread or preserves

1 medium banana, peeled and chopped

Spread each tortilla with 1 ounce cheese and 1 tablespoon fruit spread; top with 1/4 banana. Roll up tortilla; cut crosswise into thirds.

Orange Yogurt Dip for Fresh Fruit

1 carton low-fat plain yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

grated peel of 1/2 orange

2 oranges, peeled and segmented

1 medium unpeeled apple, sliced

1 medium banana, peeled and cut into chunks

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, honey and orange peel. Serve as dip with oranges, apple and banana.

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