How to Teach Children about Cooking and Food Safety

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Whilst you, hopefully, know a lot about kitchen safety, your child will only know what they have been taught or have picked up from watching you.  And, whether you have a large bespoke kitchen designed by miketaylorbespokekitchens.co.uk, or a small kitchen that you struggle to move around in, you’ll find that children are inquisitive creatures that want to learn more about what you are doing, and even help if they can.  So keep reading for a few tips on how to teach children about cooking and food safety.

Food Safety

  1. Always wash your hands before you handle food. Not only do you carry germs on your hands, but the food you are preparing could also have harmful items on it.
  2. Always wash your hands before handling a new ingredient – this is especially true if you are dealing with raw meats or eggs.
  3. Use different chopping boards and knives for raw meat and other ingredients.
  4. Wash all fruits and vegetables before you use them to remove bacteria.
  5. When using knives, make sure that you cut away from your body – it’s important to teach children about the right knives to use for items, and the best way to use them.
  6. When thawing food, it’s better to do it either overnight in the fridge, or in a bowl of cold water, rather than just in the air.
  7. Cold foods should be kept cold and hot foods should be kept hot. If an item that should be served either hot or cold has been sitting out for more than two hours, it needs to be thrown away.

Cooking Safety

  1. If you are cooking items on the stove, never leave them unattended. It only takes a few seconds for them to boil over, burn, or cause a fire.
  2. When using utensils on a stove, don’t leave them in the pan. Metal utensils can become very hot and will burn your fingers, whilst plastic utensils could melt.
  3. Don’t touch a burner unless you are sure it’s cold – this tip particularly applies to electric ovens.
  4. Make sure to check that the oven is empty before pre-heating it. This tip is especially important if you have young children in the house that are prone to hiding Action Men and other small toys.
  5. Always use an oven mitt or a hot pad to remove items from the oven. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to explain that this is a job that you must do.
  6. Never turn on an empty microwave – at the very least there should be a cup of water inside.
  7. Any dishes that you place in the microwave must have a label that says they are ‘microwave safe’.
  8. Avoid rushing around whilst cooking – this is when accidents happen.

When teaching children about cooking safety, you need to consider their age and maturity level.  They could always start by helping you out with small jobs, and increase their experience as they grow older.  Can you think of any more tips to teach your children about cooking safety?

Raising Wise Dads, Moms and Kids Book Review

One of the books I read a few months back is Raising Wise Dads, Moms and Kids by Grace Shangkuan Koo published by Church Strengthening Ministry.

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It was one of those books which helps you reflect and evaluate your role as a parent and help you develop good habits to be a better and wiser parent to your children. It is a good book to revisit once in a while and to help assess your relationships with your family members.

The book is packed with wisdom and I would like to share 3 lessons I learned from this book.

1. Honoring your children means placing parenting as a top priority. As stated in the book: “Family crisis is a result of parenting by default, when parents do whatever comes naturally to themselves, influenced by cultural norms and traditions.” Instead of letting things just happen, we should treat parenting as a way to honor God and the lives he has entrusted us with. We should be intentional in our parenting, setting goals and action plans.

2. Parents who combine warmth and support with reinforcement of rules and use of sanctions when necessary are the ones who raise children who knows how to obey, become self-reliant and has internalized moral standards. Parents need to model obedience and consistency inside the house.

3. Parenting does not take away from us; it makes us better persons. Parenting is a commitment and the parents need to grow in order to lead their children in the right direction.

Questionnaires can be found at the end of each chapter to help you assess yourself and your children as well. Practical tips for every topic and personalized prayer to help you start your parenting journey.

There are many more truths you can discover from this book. Go and get your copy from Church Strengthening Minsitry and leading bookstores.

 

 

 

Release Your Inner Child with Remote Control Hobbies

Remote control vehicles can become an expensive hobby. It is a fun hobby that requires a love of science and math. It takes a precise hand and careful calculations to make fast, corner hugging hobby vehicles. Enthusiasts can purchase kits from an RC Shop along with wiring kits, remotes, tires and enhancements to build the ultimate RC vehicle.

Build Custom Remote Controlled Vehicles
Every man has a young boy inside him that always wanted the biggest, best remote control truck on the block. Hobby shops have every gadget and upgrade possible to satisfy the desire to build that dream RC vehicle. You can even make your vehicle have working lights and doors with the advancements in RC upgrades.

This is a great father/son project too. Building the ultimate RC vehicle or pair of vehicles is great bonding time and creates a regular pass time for the pair to enjoy together. It is a lot of fun to design, paint and add decals to a completely custom road vehicle.

Once your vehicle is built, you can join hobby groups and gather with a few others on a weekend afternoon just running cars back and forth on a road or off-road course. Joining a hobby group helps you get ideas for upgrades to your current machine or ideas for the next build.

Enter RC Competitions
Once the custom RC toy is up to your standards and performs better than you expected, you can enter into competitions. There are several including general races, technology competitions and design competitions. Some of these competitions go to state, regional and national levels. For RC enthusiasts, participating in these events is a big deal.

Build Gifts for Needy Children
There are many young children that would thoroughly enjoy a remote control vehicle. Thousands of families around the country suffer from financial issues and are unable to purchase things for their children for birthdays and Christmas. Consider building a few to give to these families for their children. You can build for boys and girls. Make something fun and brighten their spirits.

RC hobbies are time consuming but are fun and educational at the same time. Visit a local hobby store and take a look at all of the things you can do with RC vehicles. You can build water vehicles, flying machines or road vehicles. The sky is the limit on these projects.

Small Tips Big Savings

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Yes, we have some tips that can help you increase your savings. If you know them, great! But if you don’t know about them, read it and follow it.

Save each month
It is important to have some savings every month. With this, you can cover your family against unexpected, unnatural and unnecessary events. Having said that, your family depends on you. If you are a parent, you are earning and saving money for your family. As a child, one can contribute by using available resources sensibly.

Coupons and promo codes
Well, most of us see coupons online and in newspapers, but we do not collect it, as we do not need it in the current scenario. Don’t do that! You never know when a coupon or a promo code can get you exciting deals on your purchases. So, collect them all.

Make a budget
Well, if you can, make a budget that will help you control the expenses. This way, you can even review your experience and modify your budget for the coming months. Also, it is important to set aside some cash for insurance, tax and other out-of-pocket costs.

Plan vacations in advance
This is important because you can save more if you start planning for them early. Low airfares and cheap hotel rates are two benefits you can reap if you start planning your family vacation in advance. Apart from this, you can buy clothes from reputed stores like Nordstrom at a cheaper rate too. What’s even better? There are Nordstrom coupon codes that can be used for additional discounts.

Shop online
Well, this is true. People do not shop online because they think that shopping online is costly because you have to pay for getting your products shipped. Also, the return policy is twisted.

However, the scenario has changed drastically. Reputed stores like Nordstrom are offering lucrative offers for people shopping online from their store. Apart from this, their policy notes that you get free shipping and free returns on your orders. So, shop online and enjoy exclusive discounts on Nordstrom.

Credit cards
You know this, don’t you? Credit cards are for your convenience if you use it smartly. People use it for luxury items rather than spending it on necessities. Remember, credit cards are a blessing. Don’t use it in a way that it turns out to be a burden on your shoulder.

Timely payments
If you can, be sure that you make your payments on time. Making timely payments, you will save on those unnecessary late fees and interest.

Shop more
Here, we are focusing on purchasing more for the family at one go. For example, if you want clothes, makeup, accessories, toys, etc. purchase it all from a particular store that caters to your need. Purchasing them at one go, you might get additional discounts.

Concluding, these simple tips should help you increase your savings.
If you have an additional tip for the readers, please let us know about it with your valuable comments below.

Cordless Blinds and Other Measures Will Keep Your Home Stylish and Safe for Your Toddler

For a long time, you took great pride in maintaining a stylish home or apartment. The pillows on your couch perfectly offset the color and texture of this sitting area. Your wall accessories reflected a modern perspective. Your coffee table was a rectangle with sharp corners and metal insets. Your floors are stone tile with textures that reflect the light in interesting ways.

Now you are pregnant and realize that your interior in its current state is not child friendly. There are all kinds of ways that your toddler can injure him/herself, and that concerns you. On the other hand, you want to maintain your stylish interior, remaining quite reluctant to turn it into a gathering place for pacifiers, baby toys and stuffed animals. Is it possible to baby-proof your home, while maintaining its fashionable appearance? It turns out that, for the most part, you can keep your home looking attractive and keep your toddler safe.

The first issue to address in maintaining safety for your little one is to install covers for your wall sockets. Often, new parents buy cloudy, plastic pieces that plug into the outlet. Though small, they look cheap and unattractive. Instead, you can install a face plate that looks quite similar to your current plate, but it requires you to slide the outlet cover to the side so you can plug in. This product is child resistant and unobtrusive in addition to the fact that you do not have to remove protectors each time you want to plug in an electric cord.

The second issue to address is window treatments. As a parentless couple you and your partner installed some very cool blinds on your windows. Your visitors always commented on how great the blinds looked in combination with the rest of your décor. You want to keep your cool blinds, but you also know that they can be hazardous to toddlers and young children who can get tangled in the cords while playing. The solution is to retrofit or buy new blinds with a cordless option. Some cordless blinds come with a wand providing remote control, while others simply require a tug on the bottom railing of the blinds to activate movement. Either way, your children and those of visitors will be protected from hazardous pull cords. Best of all, you can continue to cover your windows with stylish blinds.

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A third area that is important to address is the sharp corners on your coffee table and other furniture. As a grown adult, it is easy to forget that these corners are the height of a toddler’s head. If your child is just learning to walk and she falls against a sharp corner, you may have to take her to the hospital. So how do you avoid having to fasten cushiony guards around the corners and sharp edges and ruining the appearance of that cool coffee table? Unfortunately, you cannot do it. Instead, put the table in storage and, in its place, set some large, poufy cushions that are color coordinated with the room. Your toddler can fall against them without injury. You can sit on them or put your feet up on them, but you will have to be very careful if you decide to set your coffee on these cushions.

A final issue within this topic is how to keep your couch and other sitting furniture clean, especially if they are light in color. One answer is to cover the seat of the couch with a washable throw or covering. You can find a stylish fabric that will absorb baby body fluids and food and have it made into a fitted cover for the couch cushions or tailored to look stylish. If your baby has accidents on the couch, simply remove the cover and wash it.

Having a baby is a joyous part of life that should be celebrated, but it does not have to mean the end to your stylish interior.