Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How To Prevent A Toddler Meltdown At Disney

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Blue. Today we are discussing traveling to the Disney Parks with toddlers.

A meltdown or tantrum is defined as "an emotional outburst, usually associated with children or those in emotional distress, that is typically characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, yelling, shrieking, defiance, angry ranting, etc." Many children have meltdown's when they are tired or simply do not get their way.

My little one was just 11 months old when she visited Disney World for the first time

To prevent an embarrassing meltdown while on vacation I would recommend the following:

  • Be sure to take an afternoon break to allow your little one to take a nap
  • Apply sunscreen every 3-4 hours to prevent painful sunburn
  • Bring your baby or toddler sunglasses and/or a hat
  • Bring a lot of snacks to keep your little one happy while waiting in long lines
  • Bring a portable fan to attach to the stroller to prevent your little one from getting overheated
  • Most importantly, don't try to force your little to ride any rides they are not comfortable riding

A lot of times children will have a meltdown because they are simply tired. If you notice your toddler getting cranky and heading down the meltdown route start making your way towards the park exit. If your child happens to have a full blown meltdown don't be embarrassed and don't make an even bigger scene by yelling at your child. A friend once told me that she would tell her toddler that if he/she did not stop screaming or yelling in public that they would be asked to leave. I tried this once and it actually worked. My toddler stopped crying because he did not want to have to leave.

My children nap daily and I try to keep their routine very similar when we travel. We always plan an afternoon break and return to our condo for a 'quiet time'. This is a nice time for adults to take a break, swim in the pool while one parent stays with the child, etc. We always make sure to pack a lot of snacks and a sippy cup for constant hydration helps too.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Tips For Planning A Frozen Birthday Party

I am in the process of planning my 7 year old daughter's gymnastics "Frozen" themed birthday party! My daughter absolutely loves all things "Frozen" and she loves gymnastics so what better combo than a "Frozen" gymnastics birthday party!? To keep things on a budget I went to the Dollar store and purchased adorable decorations, blue streamers and goody bags.

Photo Credit Party City has awesome Frozen themed decorations. They have Frozen piñatas and adorable Frozen balloon bouquets.

photo credit Party City

Easy and affordable party décor for a Frozen party
  • Borrow or purchase a folding table to serve as your main table to display your food and decor
  • Place a few cute Frozen toys (Anna and Elsa dolls, crowns, blue beads, etc.) on the main table as the centerpiece
  • Place cupcakes on the main table also
  • Set the table with napkins, paper plates and a cup for each child
  • Let your birthday girl create name place cards for the table so each child knows where to sit
  • Hang streamers over the main table (blue, purple, light blue, etc.)
  • Come up with a simple craft activity for the children to do together at the party
  • Have a few fun snacks that coordinate with the theme (dip pretzles in icing and blue sprinkles, make a blue shimmery icing dip for guests to dip cookies in, etc.)
Just remember to make the birthday party simple and fun. My daughter has opted to have her party at the local gymnastics place so the children will be entertained with a fun gymnastics foam pit, obstacle course, bounce house, etc. After they play in the gym they will come to the party room where I will have a table similar to the one I described above set up for the children. They will eat cupcakes and do a Frozen themed craft.

I will be sure to post photo's from the party soon :)

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