Q. My grade-schooler likes carbohydrates only, how do I get him to eat other foods?
A. This is not totally a problem; carbohydrates do provide needed calories for your child. It’s the choices that make the difference. Keep in mind that carbohydrates are the preferred fuel for active brains and growing muscles! With good choices your grade-schooler will get vitamins, minerals, and fiber, through foods like pasta (whole grain offers more nutrition), cereal, whole grain bread, potatoes, fruit, beans and more. Yep, these foods are all good. So, be okay with this and get your child interested in protein foods like eggs, nuts, lean meats, fish and poultry too.
Mary Ellen \ Registered Dietitian at Suburban Parent magazines
Q. My son wants to go fishing this summer, but my husband and I have no experience on a lake and have no idea what kind of fishing gear would be required.
A. Fishing is a wonderful activity for the whole family regardless of experience! Not only do you have the opportunity to play outside on the lake, you will also be creating life-long memories! Enlisting the help of a local guide is recommended. Your fishing guide will provide the equipment and bait for a fun trip; they also know all the little “sweet spots” where the fish hide! The great thing about fishing is that it’s a year-round activity in Arkansas! Check the weather and contact your guide for any questions/concerns. Fishing is for ALL SEASONS, ALL AGES, and ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS! All you need to do is book your guide today.
Chris Darby \ Professional Fishing Guide at Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa \ Lake Ouachita, AR \ www.mountainharborresort.com
Q. My baby girl loved her solid food at first. Now she’s not really interested. Any idea what’s going on?
A. Varying eating habits, although common, can be scary for parents. Try reducing stimulation in her environment during feeds. Turn off electronics, limit distractions from siblings, and focus your attention on feeding. As her parent, your job is to offer healthy foods. You can’t force her to eat, and that is ok! Remaining calm creates a peaceful environment for your baby. If you are offering formula before feeding, try offering solids first. Eliminate juice, which is high in sugar and can affect baby’s appetite. If you are concerned that your baby is fussy, has fever, or is otherwise not well, make an appointment with your pediatrician. They can make sure she is growing well and determine if further evaluation is needed.
Dr. Lisa Shumate \ md Pediatric Associates www.mdpedi.com
Q. Music lessons are important, but my child doesn’t like to practice. How can I encourage her to practice piano?
A. Use the acronym “PLAY”. 1. P-Play - Seriously, what kid doesn’t enjoy PLAYING? Start with 5 minutes of fun improve time where they get to play their choice with their toes! 2. L-Laugh – Once you have them at the bench, and they have had a laugh playing their song with their toes, then it’s time for ten minutes of playing their assigned songs. 3. A-Acknowledge – Reward them with stickers or with a family event of choice. 4. Y-Your kids crave YOU, their parents, truly listening and enjoying their music. Children love playing the songs that are their parent’s favorite songs! One more thing – Learn the songs with them! Play the song wrong and let them correct you and show you the “right way” to play.
Minda Malibiran \ Minda Music Store & School www.mindamusic.com