March 2012

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

A Meal Your Kids Will LOVE!

Sometimes it is tough to get your kids to eat, especially if they are picky.  There are many foods which are kid friendly, but I can barely think of any that DO NOT like Macaroni and Cheese.  Let's face it, Kraft is the easiest, but sometimes it is fun to make your own.  The recipe is quite simple and complements most dishes, ranging from meat loaf to chicken nuggets. 

The Creepy Croupy Cough

What It Sounds Like and More

Your baby wakes up and has suddenly developed a cough that is unlike anything you have ever heard, and you panic.  Most experts liken it to the sound of a seal; however, I think it sounds like a cat trying to hock up a hair ball.  Either way, its quite scary if you have never had a child with croup. 

Croup is a viral infection that attacks the vocal chords and causes swelling. A fever of less than 104 degrees Fahrenheit usually accompanies this virus, along with the hoarse sounding cough.  While it is typically not dangerous, it can cause the vocal chords to swell so badly that breathing is obstructed.  When this occurs, the child is typically given steroids to reduce the inflammation.  It occurs in children under 6 years old and most get it at least a few times in their life.  It is just as contagious as the common cold, so if your child is in daycare, they are much more likely to get it.

When Teachers Don't Pay Attention

What Would You Put Up With?

I am a mom of 2, a 3 year old girl and an 11 month old boy.  My 3 year old goes to pre-school part-time.  This week is the first time I have had an issue with the teachers or anything that goes on with her school.  Since I have been a stay-at-home mom, it is very difficult for me to trust anyone else with my kid, as I have become extra attached and set in my own ways; however, I knew that this year it was time to let go and make friends her age and learn more than what I can offer at home.