The Secret to Making “Talking” an Effective Parenting Strategy (And How Story Creates Resilience Safely) (HPC: E100)

We hear “kids are resilient, they’ll be ok,” a LOT, especially lately. This conversation with Marcy Pusey, a Certified Trauma & Resilience Practitioner, opened MY eyes to the fact that perhaps…they’re not. I thought we’d just be talking about the power of story, kind of a cute, sweet idea to share with you that some people might enjoy. Turns out we got to talk about the language behind “online learning” and why it’s totally wrong and harmful, how a global pandemic puts us all into a potential state of trauma, and vital habits every family needs to adopt for good mental health — especially now. FREE DOWNLOAD: 3 Ways to Build Brain Resilience Get your brain ready to be fascinated, [Read more...]

The Kids Cook Real Food Approved List of Healthy Snacks for Kids

Since the pandemic started, I’ve been connecting with a lot of parents and listening to their biggest concerns around food. Particularly when I was presenting on how to raise more adventurous eaters and reduce picky eating power struggles for families, busy moms kept asking for a list of healthy snacks for kids. In our Kids Cook Real Food members-only Facebook group and even from a podcast host who was interviewing me, I was getting the same question: Katie, don’t you have a list somewhere of good ideas for easy, healthy snacks for kids? I admit that may have been one of the few times I was speechless. Of course, I want to help parents and kids find healthy snack options, [Read more...]

Cooking Video for Kids: Crowd Pleasing Hamburger Soup with Pickles!

This recipe is my kids’ ultimate favorite, but a big tip: It’s ALL about the pickles!!! Cheeseburger soup (or “hamburger soup” as we call it now since we add cheese at the table b/c one of us is dairy-free) truly tastes like a bowl full of cheeseburger, but you don’t need 3 pounds of meat to feed a family! This is a huge recipe and you’ll definitely eat it for multiple meals. If your kids are learning sharp knife skills, soup is a GREAT way to practice, and everyone loves leftovers right now since we’re all home to eat them! FREE DOWNLOAD: Kid Friendly Recipes The whole family really helped here: 14-year-old Paul demos his chef’s knife skills with many [Read more...]

School Psychologist Turns Sleep Specialist and How to Solve Your Family’s Sleep with Dr. Whitney Roban (HPC: E99)

I’ve never had trouble sleeping…until this year. 🙁 It could be the bane of 2020, could be because I turned 40, or maybe because I was getting more sleep in quarantine, I wasn’t constantly overtired. Who knows? The thing is…I know I’m not alone. Sleep had already been becoming a holy grail for a lot of busy Americans of all ages, and the events and stress of 2020 haven’t helped. FREE DOWNLOAD: 3 Ways to Build Brain Resilience I knew we needed Dr. Whitney Roban with her unique blend of experience as a school psychologist and now sleep specialist to help us help our families sleep better. In today’s interview, you’ll learn: How much sleep various ages actually need Why [Read more...]

Cooking Video For Kids: Whole Wheat Happy Rolls :)

Never made yeast dough before? It’s hard to mess this up, promise! I may have even added a bit too much and they were still very very good! You’ll learn the science behind yeast and how gluten works too because we love integrating all the subjects here at Kids Cook Real Food! FREE DOWNLOAD: 3 Ways to Build Brain Resilience Watch 5yo Gabe learn to crack eggs with the “guide” step we teach in our Kids Cook Real Food eCourse! You’ll even learn a new “big word” to increase your vocabulary today. Grab your kids and enjoy. 🙂 Can’t view the video? Watch it here on YouTube. Homemade Whole Wheat Roll Recipe Ingredients 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (any [Read more...]

Routines vs. Flexibility in Chores and Batch Cooking HPC: E98

Some organizing and parenting bloggers say you can’t survive without a routine. They have fancy charts and timetables, and they totally stress me out! On the other hand, it’s TRUE that I can’t survive without a routine — of some sort. Mine just has to have a good dose of flexibility built in to fit my personality. Today I wanted to share some of the strategies we’ve implemented in our family to share responsibility and chores since quarantine hit: Our initial “code red” chore system so Mom and Dad didn’t go nutso with 4 kids home all day, every day while we tried to work Our summer “household manager” strategy that shifted more responsibility to the kids, since they had [Read more...]

Cooking Video for Kids: Pizza Margherita Recipe (Sneak Peek from Chef Junior!)

Be still my heart…I don’t dare enter the kitchen anymore during kids’ cooking night because I kibitz too much, but I know the kids have fun and do a great job. You and I both get a peek into what Paul and Leah do on Wednesday nights! FREE DOWNLOAD: Kid Friendly Recipes This week they made one of Paul’s recipes from Chef Junior, a cookbook by kids, for kids. Paul also edited the whole video and I didn’t even see it until it was completely finished! How did he do? #proudmama Your kids can make margherita pizza with any homemade crust, pizza or spaghetti sauce, mozzarella (preferably fresh), sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and salt…or order Chef Junior to [Read more...]

Hot Tips to Organize Your Space with Kids AND Protect Your Budget and the Earth! (with Susan Santoro) (HPC: E97)

Sigh, those lovely pictures of “other people’s” organized kitchen on social media! There, I am not. But I don’t feel great when I look at my own kitchen/piles/surfaces! I called in an expert organizer today to talk about one of my weaknesses, organizing, with a focus on one of my strengths: saving money and saving the environment. I was furiously taking mental notes for my future pantry (post kitchen remodel) as Susan explained her philosophy on repurposing items. FREE DOWNLOAD: 10 Snacks Kids can Make Be sure to watch her examples on video, and you’ll learn: How to channel your creativity into organizing How to be gentle on the earth (and your time, bonus!) when finding new organizational systems 5 [Read more...]

Cooking Video for Kids: Knife Safety for Kids (Ages 2-12)

I grabbed all four of my kids from playing outside on this beautiful sunny day to teach you the skill we feel is most important in any kitchen: knife skills. Grab a banana, a carrot, an apple, a potato, and a willing child… And let’s get to work! Can’t view the video? Watch it here on YouTube. Knife Safety for Kids Time Stamps 0:46: We start with my 5-year-old using a banana and a butter knife. Gabe is using the “Hey, hey! Out of the way!” hold on the banana. 2:03: John (8-years-old) demonstrates “Up and over soldier” and “Top chop!” with a sharp knife. We have a tip for when your cutting board is moving around too much on [Read more...]

Meal Planning Doesn’t Have to Be Invisible Labor – How to Get Started and Get the Whole Family Involved (HPC: E96)

When I talk about stress mastery, I often share that the way we feel stress is all about our mental capacity, or load. Some days I can’t even walk into the kitchen and prepare dinner because it feels like “too much,” and then other days I can handle 2 kids being sick and a very important meeting and 5 deadlines beating down my door… If meal prep and decisions have often felt like a drain on your “mental load,” my guest today has just the solution! Jess Dang, Chief Kitchen Cheerleader at Cook Smarts, joins us today to talk about how meal planning can be “invisible labor,” why that’s a problem, and how to get the rest of the family [Read more...]