Congrats to our winner Michelle!
Face it, gone are the days when your child would look at you with tears welling up in her eyes and plead for you to come along on her playdate, and you'd stay, even though you had hoped to spend those two precious hours getting a much-needed mani-pedi. And your suggestion that the two of you spend a few hours painting together would be a met by nothing less than a resounding yes!
Yet now that she's a tween, her desire to spend time with you has pretty much dried up. In fact, you're lucky if your questions about how her day at school went illicit more than a two-word reply. Unfortunately, spending quality time with her parents is not high on her list of priorities.
Your little sweet pea, who once clamored for your constant hovering presence, is clearly asserting her independence. Although you want to encourage her to be her own person, you long for the good old days â€” when it was just you and her clasping hands and chatting away in your fragile cocoon of togetherness… (sigh!)
But what if you could continue your Mommy/child playdates with your older kids and foster a newfound sense of camaraderie participating in activities that will satisfy your child's more mature sensibilities and help you retain that close-knit bond you once shared. I know it might sound impossible â€” but I'm here to let you in on the secret to achieving it.
What about involving your child in the cooking and meal planning process?The perks of this– it's an activity you can share- which feels anything but forced! And when you involve kids in the process they become invested in the cooking and meal- another great way to introduce healthy foods to them- of their own volition. If they are preparing the healthy foods- chances are they're going to want to taste the foods too- and while you're both involved in the preparation process– you'll find yourselves talking- about big and little things…
Which leads me to our Ragu Pasta making party!
One of the perks of being a RAGU ambassador (I'm on page 2) is their “insistence” that you use their sauce and invite your friends and family to come over and experience it for themselves in a festive/party-like way. And of course what I love about their sauces are that they are chock full of servings of veggies. So in my case, with a son who has a discerning palate that will only tolerate mac n cheeses and pb&j.. and maybe a few pieces of broccoli, if I get my kid to eat this sauce, as a parent I FEEL BETTER. Oh and my daughter– LOVES IT!
In case you needed any proof of the magic, conversation and all the good stuff cooking with your kids can engender in them and how it can be a vehicle for helping you learn more about them and bonding, check out our pre-Ragu pasta party videos where we all dig in and cook up some baked ziti with Ragu Sauce!…
And in case you need any ideas to get your dinnertime, cooking and family experience rolling check out Ragu Moms the Word on Dinner's facebook page which is chock full of videos, challenges and real moms, getting honest about feeding their kids and all the love, frustration and real sweat and good stuff that goes into that process!
So, now that you are ready to throw your very own RAGU pasta party, what better way to do that then to win a $150 AMEX gift card from the good folks at Ragu – which yours truly The Staten Island Family is giving away. For a chance to win leave a comment here with your favorite pasta dish to make and why- oh and if you have a favorite Ragu sauce feel free to include! For a second entry you can Like the Staten Island Family on Facebook and for a third entry you can follow Madijack on twitter and retweet this giveaway. Good Luck! Giveaway ends December 27th at 12 midnight EST!