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Tea for Kids

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My youngest daughter was at a birthday party this past weekend and one of the birthday gifts was a very cute Manatea tea infuser.  I immediately started thinking of stocking stuffers and gifts for the holidays!  What can I say, I am in the party planning business!  We also happen to big-time tea drinkers in my family.  It doesn’t matter if it is morning, day or night, both of my girls love making and sharing a cup or pot of herbal tea for themselves and their friends.  Below are some cute kid friendly infusers as well as an article that I enjoyed reading.

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Article by Dr. Lisa Watson a Naturopathic Dr.

Sharing the Joy of Tea with Kids

There are few topics that I like to talk about more than tea. I love tea. I love the flavour of tea, the diverse kinds of tea, the ritual of making tea and the warm, calm feeling that I get when I settle in with a cup of tea. Tea is also one of my favourite ways of prescribing botanicals (plant based medicines) for adults and children alike.

While I would not recommend giving a child a cup of orange pekoe, chai or English breakfast tea (all of which contain caffeine!) there are an abundance of other kinds of tea that are perfect for children.

 

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Preparing Tea for Kids

Making a cup of tea for a child is very similar to preparing it for an adult, with a couple of simple adjustments.

Children often prefer a weaker tea. Adults should steep tea for between 4 and 6 minutes (depending on the type of tea and personal preference). For children steep the tea for only 2 to 4 minutes. If the tea is too strong, add extra water to dilute the strength (this is also a good way to quickly cool the tea!).
The temperature of tea to be served to a child should be considerably cooler. I suggest serving children’s tea chilled, at room temperature or lukewarm (the same temperature used for baby bottles or formula – around 26-36oC).

 

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Selecting Teas for Your Child

Selecting tea is part of the pleasure of drinking tea. You can have tea that calms you, tea that wakes you up, tea that soothes a sore throat or an upset tummy, or tea that just tastes good. You can select tea for your children in much the same way.

Teas for Health

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Anxiety – studies show that more and more children are experiencing anxiety, and at younger and younger ages. If your child has anxiety associated with school, friends, separation or for any other reason try giving them a tea to help calm their nervous system. Teas for anxiety include chamomile, oat straw, passionflower (for children over four), and skullcap (for children over six). Prepare a cup of tea and enjoy it together in the evening or before stressful events.

Colic – even young babies can benefit from tea! A tea made from fennel, chamomile or peppermint can be very helpful in relieving colic in infants. A breastfeeding mother can drink the tea (1 cup three times per day) or the tea can be diluted and given to the infant with a medicine dropper (1 diluted tsp three times per day).

Constipation – use a flaxseed tea (1 teaspoon flaxseed in 1 litre of water, simmered for 15 minutes) to cook oatmeal. Prepare the tea and then use the tea instead of water to prepare oatmeal for your child to eat. Or add ¼ cup of flaxseed tea to 4 ounces of juice and give it to your child once daily. Constipation should resolve within 24-48 hours.

Coughs – depending on the type of cough there are several options for teas to soothe a coughing child. For a cough with sore throat, marshmallow root or slippery elm tea can be very soothing. For cough with congestion, licorice or coltsfoot tea are both effective.
(Note: Do not use for more than 3 days in a row. Licorice should not be used in children with high blood pressure).
Peppermint tea is a mild cough suppressant and can be used in the evenings to help children with a persistent cough to get some sleep.

Fever – To decrease chills and increase perspiration (which will shorten the duration and intensity of the fever) try a tea with any of the following ingredients (in equal parts): lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint, licorice and elder flower. For a child over 2 years of age ½ cup of tea can be given up to four times daily for one day. Serve this tea as hot as your child can tolerate.
Note: Do not use licorice in a child with high blood pressure. Fevers are commonly a sign that the body is fighting a viral or bacterial infection. If your child’s temperature exceeds 102F (38.9oC) consider contacting a qualified healthcare provider for further guidance.

Nausea – ginger tea is very effective in decreasing nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and for soothing the digestive tract. Giving your child tea when they are nauseous or vomiting also provides much needed hydration. Use ½ cup of ginger tea, three times per day for the first 24 hours of nausea. Ginger tea is also very effective for motion sickness. Try giving your child ginger tea as needed during car trips to treat motion sickness.

 

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Teas for Taste

There are a great variety of herbal teas available that children love. Try fruit based herbal teas as a delicious and low calorie alternative to fruit juice. Many of the fruit based teas are delicious served cold as an iced tea. Some of my family’s favourites are:

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Hibiscus flowers give tea a bright pink colour kids love

Chocolate mint rooibos – a loose tea, naturally caffeine free and deliciously sweet. Available at www.steepedandinfused.com.
Passion by Tazo tea – hibiscus flower, lemongrass, mango and passion fruit combine to make a sweet, pink-hued tea. Fantastic as an iced tea. Available at Starbucks stores or many grocery stores.
Raspberry Zinger, True Blueberry and Country Peach Passion – all by Celestial Seasonings are favourites of my 2 year old son. Simple, sweet, fruity flavours are popular with young children and adults alike.
So go ahead and try serving tea to your child. There is no reason why a tea party need only be pretend! You may be surprised at how much your child enjoys the flavours and rituals of tea drinking.

Disclaimer:

The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed health care provider. Consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor or other primary care provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.

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By |September 15th, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips, life|0 Comments

Food for Thought on Planning Your Child’s Birthday

 

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I am a planner by nature; it’s just part of my DNA. And in the 10 years that I have been working in this industry, I have interacted with different types of clients:

* The laid back client who gives you full reign to do whatever you think best.

* The involved client who is also a planner and plans on participating in their child’s party.

* The nervous client who is overwhelmed at the idea of having to entertain their child and his or her friends and needs much guidance is the planning process.

As an event planner, the greatest advice I can give for planning your child’s party is to have a game plan and to be well organized. Please plan ahead and don’t procrastinate. One of the first thing you will need to decide is on a theme.   This can be easy or not if your child is indecisive. Next will be to choose a location and date. If your children have winter birthdays like mine, it’s safe to say that you will most likely be indoors depending upon geographic location of course. As for dates, remember to check school activity schedules as well as holidays. I can’t tell you how many times I have to remind parents of certain holidays or a party needs to be rescheduled because of a soccer game.

castle1When planning a birthday party, there are different types of parties.

1. The Venue Party: This is one of the most easiest birthdays you can go throw your child. This takes place at a specific theme location and is designed to make things easy for you. Ex. Jump house locations, bowling alleys, ice rinks, etc. All you really need to do is show up and write a check.

2. Event planner party: This type of party can require a little bit of effort on your part. Depending on the company’s package and pricing, you can hire someone to do as much or as little as needed. A full service event planner can do everything from printing out invitations, making favors, bringing costumes, tables, chairs, crafts, provide catering ,you name it.

mary poppins_snow white3. Hiring a costume performer: This is what The Cinderella Co and similar companies do. Hiring a performer is a very simple, economical and creative way of having a party for your child without a large expense. It’s designed to alleviate a parent’s stress of not having to come up with planned activities to host their child’s friends.

4. Throw your own party: This is for the client who loves to plan and involves the most effort; it can be the least affordable as well as the most affordable depending on the level the parent takes it to.

No matter what route you take, early planning is the best. After selecting a theme and location, figure out how large or small you want the party to be. As both a parent and event planner, my ideal guest count is 12 or less. The reason being is that you and your children will get so much more out of a smaller party. A lot of times parents feel obligated in having to invite their child’s entire class. I am here to say that you do not have to and no one should make you feel like you need to. With class sizes today, that’s at least 20 kids and often times does not include neighbors or relatives. I don’t know about you, but that is a lot of children to have to entertain. One of the politically correct ways around this, is by having a gender party.

Photos: I had to learn the hard way with this one. When my oldest was four, I had invited her class of 25 and although I had lots of friends to help me the day of, I was still running around making sure that everyone was happy that I really had no time to enjoy watching her. Don’t miss out on your child’s party because you’re worrying about guests and their parents.   Depending on what your budget is, you can either hire a photographer or have a friend take photos for you. Just don’t miss out on the moment.

Time limit: This is dependent on what type of party you are having. For family parties, time limits usually run longer. When inviting friends, my advice is to stick with a 2-3 hour max.

Back up Plan: Unless you are hosting a party at theme location, it’s wise to have an emergency back up plan. The reason being is because life happens and we are thrown unexpected curve balls all the time. For ex. outdoor parties and weather. Here in California, parents need to be aware of the heat index and sun exposure during the summer. During winter, parents are faced with cold temperature and rain. There is nothing worse than planning an outdoor party for 20 plus children, to learn that it’s going to rain the day of or be really hot out. This is why I always recommend keeping numbers to a manageable amount. If hiring a character company, be aware that performers do get sick or unexpected events can occur. If this happens, a back up plan will save you (next week’s blog).

Lunch: It is important to figure out if you want to serve lunch or not. If you are, keep in mind that young children don’t eat a whole lot, and it’s best to keep things simple by offering kid friendly foods. You also need to figure out if you plan on serving the parents as well. Most parents will stay for younger aged kids.

Siblings: Can you accommodate the siblings of your party guests.

Invitations, Products & Decor: I buy almost everything online. One of my favorite invitation companies is Itty Bitty. With favors, you can purchase some fabulous hand-made items off of Etsy and for decor ideas there is Pinterest.

I hope that this will help your party planning a bit more stress free. Just remember to keep a checklist and stay organized.

Written by Terri / Published by Jennifer

By |August 25th, 2014|Birthday Party Ideas and Tips|0 Comments