Tomorrow (Friday 24th April) at 1.30pm (BST) there’s a live web chat entitled Get Your Kids Eating Good Food… Without The Fuss!.
Parent Coach Lorraine Thomas joins us live online to answer questions about encouraging your children to eat more healthily.
When you ask your little ones what they’d like for dinner, it’s usually a resounding chorus of chicken nuggets and chips! Most of us would fall off our chair if our kids asked for anything that was good for them. Instead mums are often forced to resort to ‘stealth tactics’ to get our kids to eat good food and therefore get the nutrients they need.
Research by Hovis Best of Both shows that crucial fibrous foods such as vegetables, brown or wholemeal bread and fruit are among the top things that mums struggle to get their kids eating – the very foods that help make up part of a balanced diet for growing bodies. Some of us have smuggled vegetables into foods they will eat, while others will play fun games at the dinner table or bribe them with pudding just to finish their plate. As a result, breakfast time, preparing lunchboxes and actually getting the kids of the door in the morning prove the most stressful times of day for mums.
The study shows many of us are so fed up with the constant dinner table battles that we’ve given up trying to feed our kids food they don’t like altogether. Whilst letting them pick and choose what they eat might lead to a quieter life, this often means foods like vegetables and brown bread are left to one side, in favour of unhealthy and nutritionally poor food.
Whether you’re at your wits end, or just after some tips on giving your family the best of both worlds at mealtimes, help is at hand! Chief Executive of The Parent Coaching Academy, Lorraine Thomas will be joining us in the studio to talk about giving your family a healthy diet without the fuss… Send your questions in now!
You can watch the show and send in your questions by visiting the webchats portal.
Empty Arms is a beautiful video created by Susan Robinson. In a simple way using music, images and words it tries to share some of the pain that couples with fertility issues face every day.
It’s a poignant video, not judgmental or accusatory, but of encouragement to friends and family to stand alongside and simply love.
Not fully understanding, not always having words, not trying to problem solve … these are all things that are just fine. Being there as a shoulder to cry on, a friendly face, someone who says “I’ll stand by you and support you as you journey through this” – that’s what’s really needed.
Take a look at TearsAndHope.com to play the video.
Annabel Karmel reveals her favourite kids party food recipe
Learn how to make a Rice Krispie 5-a-side football team in under 6 minutes!
If you are like most parents, chances are you’ve got yourself into a real panic about cooking food for a children’s party. Well the worrying stops here! In a rare opportunity we caught up with nutritionist Annabel Karmel who in a step by step video guide shares one of her own recipes, a Rice Krispie Football team and football pitch! But don’t worry, although this might sound complicated, this guide is so easy to follow you certainly won’t get caught offside!
The best part about this recipe is that both you and the children can get involved, whether it’s mixing the ingredients together, cutting out footballers, or making the grass – there is an activity for kids of all ages. And seeing the fruits of their labours emerging gives kids a real sense of achievement. So what are you waiting for, click here and cook up a storm!
Watch Annabel’s video (part of Kellogg’s Big Bake) below:
Click anywhere on the window below to start watching the video. Please note that this is quite a large video, and if you are using a slow Internet connection it could take some time to begin playing, or may stop and start. If you’d prefer to download the whole video to watch offline, right-click on the “Download” link below and save the linked file to your computer’s hard drive
Log on with your kids to find out the really wild truth about our monkey relatives and how to actually make them one of the family
Chat date: 21st January
Chat time: 2pm
Throughout time man has had a fascination with monkeys and apes. Children in particular seem mesmerised by their intelligence, playfulness and inquisitiveness. From Curious George to Marcel’s feature role in Friends our love of our closest relative has never waned.
But in some parts of the world many species of monkey are under threat from the destruction of their habitat and exploitation by man. Which is why across the world there are teams of dedicated volunteers working to protect these animals, safeguarding their habitats and working with local communities help to create a better future for people and wildlife.
The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre in Malawi is one of them. Staff at the sanctuary rescue injured monkeys and help them to recuperate before releasing them back into the wild. Supported by Born Free, the sanctuary relies on donations from companies and people to keep their great work going.
Lee Stewart, who heads up the sanctuary at Lilongwe will be joining us live to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about monkeys and introduce you to some of the 40 vervets and baboons at the sanctuary, all with their own incredible stories.
Joining Lee is Heartbeat’s Joe McFadden. Joe, who plays PC Joe Mason in the ITV series, is a long-standing supporter of Born Free. And alongside him will be Bruce Learner of Kellogg’s – who has teamed up with Born Free to give people the opportunity to take part in the amazing Adopt a Monkey scheme. From January to March 2009, people have the chance to directly help these animals and Ã¢â‚¬ËœAdopt a Monkey’ by collecting three special packs of Kellogg’s cereal. Each adoption will last six months and will help Born Free rescue and rehabilitate monkeys and return them to the wild.
To learn more about these incredible creatures and how you can help your children understand more about the monkey kingdom, log on to our live WebTV show.
Lee Stewart, Joe McFadden and Bruce Learner join us live online at http://www.webchats.tv/chat/monkeys_make_them_your_business on 21th January at 2pm to discuss how you can learn about how to help save monkeys from your home.
To find out more about how Kellogg’s is helping Born Free please visit: http://www.kelloggs.co.uk/whatson/adoptamonkey