Recently, Mott’s (the Applesauce Company) started a new campaign called the Good and Honest Campaign urging parents to share honest moments and good advice for fellow parents. It reminded me of the same goals when I first became a Mom. I was part of a new Mom group and class at a local parenting club. That group was invaluable as I learned a lot of tips and tricks of parenting, and help making life decisions like going back to work or not, and how to make time for yourself and your partner.
That was almost six years ago and a lot has changed since then. We all work hard to be the best parents we can be, but the frustration stems from when we feel like we are failing. It’s when I turn to social media to read funny quotes or inspiring messages to get me through the ups and downs of parenting.
Like this quote.
Or this quote!
Recently, I asked some fellow Moms on Facebook to share one parenting tip, and this is what they had to share.
Cindy V. – Spending quality time with kids is so important; it not only makes our days brighter but also gives them fond memories.
Margot M. – Wash little hands frequently to keep everyone as healthy as possible!
Jeannine D. – have them help you cook to get excited about trying new foods
Janette P. – patience
Karen D. – a surefire way to make sure your kids never listen to you… threaten but don’t act
Lisa B. – Give options! Then there’s less of a chance for an argument.
Kathleen P. – One parenting tip for school age children would be – Pack lunches and pick out clothing the night before so mornings are not so rushed.
Melissa H. – One parenting tip for me is to read to the kids everyday! Even if it is only one book, they absorb everything and reading is wonderful for them!
Rachel A. – Read at least 20 min a day with the kids it will help your kids succeed
Marcella W. – Grandma loves to read to my grandchildren.
Bernadette N. – Put the phone away and play with your kids! (Something I need to work on.)
Judy L. – Tell your kids that you love them every day.
Jeevon K. – Every kid is different. DO NOT compare!
Justin T. – Let the kids help with house chores like folding the clothes. They get to help and they get to exercise their brains too
Shannon S. – I never leave the house without some snacks, both for them and me, no one is happy when they’re hungry
Lindsay P. – Parenting tip for newborns– swaddle them for sleep!
Heather R. – Trust your gut… Whether it’s potty training, early intervention, and mom usually knows best!
Tracee A. – Don’t feed your one-year-old niece cheerios from the chex mix (even if it is homemade chex mix). Jackie Marilyn
Laura M. – spending time with our children and grandchildren teaching them to respect others
Suzanne C. – Always keep snacks in your purse! For the kids…. and mom!
Linda M. – Always sleep when you’re newborn sleeps!
Krysta S. – Always trust your instincts!
Lin N. – Don’t blink!
Marilyn O. – Playing with their food actually encourages eating
Krista O. – Make them think they are coming up with the idea!!
Asia B. – I let my granddaughter help me do little chores around the house
Bekka B. – Always follow through with what you say!
Julie A S. – My parenting tip – don’t sweat the small stuff; save the lectures, etc. for larger issues for more impact
My Snack Tip
As you can see, there were a few Moms that focused on snacks. It’s is my #1 tip too, that links back to the Mott’s new Good and Honest Campaign. Never leave the house without a snack even if you think you are making a quick run to the grocery store for “just a few things,” or if you are just making ‘one stop’ after picking up the kids from school.
Inevitability (and speaking from experience here), there are long lines in the grocery store or that one errand becomes five because that first place didn’t have what you are looking for. As the quickness turns into a quagmire, the kids start complaining they are hungry (while your stomach growls in response.) You either barter your way home, or cave in and buy a bar of goo in the checkout aisle.
Snack Serving Ideas
Skip the tantrums and the tummy terrors, and keep a stash of snacks in the car or in your purse. My favorite (good and honest truth) is Applesauce pouches. In the summer, I freeze them and they serve as ice packs and later snack packs. It’s also great for school lunches. The frozen pouch keeps food cold and thaws out by lunch time!
In the winter, applesauce pouches are quick picks for those hunger complaints. They are easy to tote. They have caps and a quick untwist and serve. Want to save it for later? Put the cap back on. It is also the one snack I like to have because if I need something to tide me over, it is something I like to nosh on as much as my kids.
It’s also a healthy option for the kiddos and me. When the kids want a snack before bed, it is a win-win scenario; they get the snack and full bellies, and I know it is a wise pre-bed choice.
After getting free samples of their Applesauce Pouches, I was able to check out the Mott’s Applesauce ingredients. Mott’s actually has no artificial sugar or coloring in their applesauce packs. The only issue some parents might have, is that the applesauce is not made from organic apples, and I’m not sure of the company’s stance on GMAs (genetically modified applies.) So, it’s something to consider. However, I did check out Mott’s fruit punch as well. Generally, I’m not a fan of Fruit Punch, but this one was delish and I liked the sweetness from the Stevia. I like where the brand is going…
Mott’s has been around since the mid-1900s and as the times have changed, they have too – focusing on ingredients and convenience for modern parents. They have a few lines: Mott’s Original, Mott’s for Tots, Motts Naturals Mott’s Juice Drinks, Mott’s Healthy Harvest Sauce and Mott’s Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches.
Mott’s Easy Recipe Ideas
One idea for Mott’s Applesauce Pouches is to put them in the freezer an hour before dinner. After dinner, take it out and squeeze into a dish. It is a slushy consistency and a great alternative to ice cream.
Or take the ‘Fruit Punch’ juice – pour into an ice cube tray. Cover with plastic wrap and poke toothpicks through the wrap and into the juice. Freeze. Then take out of the freezer, take off the wrap and enjoy delish homemade popsicles! Lastly, consider using applesauce when a baked good recipe calls for oil. It’s a great way to cut calories in those muffins and cookies!
What parenting tip do you have? Leave one in the comment section below and you’ll have a chance to win a $50 gift card and Mott’s product. Entries close on April 20th. Full giveaway rules can be found here. Then don’t forget to check out the other giveaways I have going on here!
This post is brought to you by Mott’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Check with your town on the recycling guidelines and recycle those caps and/or pouches!