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Why Should You Watch Television With Your Kids?

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While being strict, disciplining, and providing materialistic support to your children it is important to spend ‘time’ with them. It need not be doing productive things only. Sometime doing simple things like gardening, repairing something at home or even watching TV with them help to create lifelong bonds with your kids. Yes, watching television with your kids is a fantastic activity to improve and build bonds between parents and children. Three reasons that should motivate you to watch television with your child irrespective of his/her age:

Develops understanding: When a parent watches television with his/her children, they would usually argue and then mutually agree to watch something that appeals to both, or perhaps one party would have to compromise. This should be seen as an excellent opportunity to teach children about adjustment. It is very important to learn the lesson of making few adjustments in your life for your loved ones. Also parents and children develop mutual understanding and respect for each other’s choices. Of course, both parties have to take turns to make that little sacrifice for the other. Only then trust and understanding develops.

Discussion and amicability: When parents and children watch something together, there is always going to be different perspective on issues; by discussing and debating amicably there can be a better understanding of the issue by both parties. Discussion and debate encourages children to think out their thoughts clearly and put it across, also get guidance and correction by the experienced parent. Never debate authoritatively because that will stop the child from thinking freely. The idea is to teach the child to look at issues from all angles. Don’t be critical or disparaging, or else you will never know what the child thinks and he/she wouldn’t even want to tell you. You want to encourage freedom of speech and free thinking here. Every generation thinks differently. Open your mind and have a healthy discussion or debate, without heated arguments. It is not necessary to agree down to one view point, issues can be left without conclusion. Idea is to set the child thinking. If handled carefully discussion improves relation and increases family understanding.

Bridge Generation gap: When parents watch programs what kids want and alternatively kids watch what parents like, both learn to understand the perspective of the other generation. It’s very important to bridge the generation gap, and that too in a respectful way. This helps to solve other problems that come up later in life. Parents understand the challenges, likes and dislikes of the new generation and on the other hand, kids understand why their parents think and advice the way they do.

At the end, it’s important to enjoy each other’s company, spend time together and respect each other. Respect is a key word here. Just as parents expect kids to respect them, even kids need the respect from parents as they grow older. Television is a great way to connect.

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3 Kid-Friendly Holiday Drinks To Try This Year

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Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year, especially for children. Since the holidays are nearing, it’s time to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Make a cooling refresher for play time in the day. Or when the weather gets cool at night, serve the young ones with delicious, warming drinks – try these kid-friendly holiday drinks that even adults will grow to love!

Snowy White Delight

What you need:

 

  • 2 liters 7UP
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 6 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • Red and green candy sprinkles, for serving

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and hot water. Heat in the microwave until sugar is dissolved, about 30 secs. Cool for a few minutes then add evaporated milk and almond extract to the bowl.

Pour the mixture in a large bowl then add the ice cream. Break the ice cream into smaller chunks using a potato masher. Stir in the 7UP slowly. Mix well before spooning into serving glasses. Top each glass with whipped cream and candy sprinkles.

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Salted Caramel Eggnog

What you need:

 

  • 5 eggs
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup caramel syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 3/4 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Mix together whole milk, whipping cream, cinnamon, vanilla extract and nutmeg in a saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, remove immediately once you see bubbles. Cool completely (it’s important that it doesn’t cook the egg when added).

Meanwhile, beat the eggs and sugar together until combined. Add eggs to the milk mixture then stir in caramel and sea salt, whisking until ingredients are well-combined. Pour eggnog into serving glasses and garnish with caramel and sea salt (if desired) before serving.

Candy Cane White Hot Choco

What you need:

 

  • 8 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup Ghiradelli white chocolate baking bars, broken into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whipped cream for serving

Combine the milk, white chocolate, crushed candy canes and vanilla in a large slow cooker. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring every 10-15 minutes, for 1.5 to 2 hours.

When ready, pour hot chocolate into serving glasses, top with whipped cream and garnish with crushed candy canes.

Keep the little ones excited for Christmas – try these kid-friendly holiday drinks while counting down!

 

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