Wednesday, August 26

Not So Private Moments + 5 Tips on Connecting with your Daughter

Last year I said I wanted to spend more quality time with each of my girls, and it was one resolution that I kept and still love doing. Most of us think, "They are with me 24/7!" or "I need some ME TIME!" Your daughter is probably thinking the same thing.

Web MD: A recent study from the University of Georgia found that, even more than other family dynamics, the mother-daughter relationship determines a girl's future relationship skills and self-esteem. When mothers are overly critical, their daughters are more likely to have poor social skills and unhealthy attitudes toward eating, compared with girls with more supportive moms. You can read more here.

There are even studies saying that it's their mothers who are more influential to them. You can read more about that study here.


I wanted to share the last Mother-Daughter day that my oldest daughter and I had together. We went to our local Diabetes Association Cooking Class. I found out about this class at our local W.I.C. office. I called and registered. School was about to start so I thought this would be the perfect way to end the summer.

It was so much fun and both of us got to sample the food that was made and talk to our local news station about what we though. You can see the story on the KRGV website on a series called "Con mi gente." We don't have diabetes but we are at risk. Both my grandparents on both sides have diabetes as do a few of my aunts and uncles. So why not start by trying to prevent.

The class was held at Frontera Autubon, a wildlife sanctuary that I had never heard about before. From what we saw, it was lovely, well shaded and full of wildlife. We can't wait to go back with the whole family.

Check out your local Diabetes Association to see if they have cooking classes. To find out when the next event is here in the RGV check out their website and their Facebook page!

I also wanted to share some tips on how you can create a better connection with your daughter(s). Sometimes it can be hard, as mothers, to cherish the little moments when it seems like all they do is whine and bicker with their siblings, but take a step back and... "Don't Say Hurry."

1. Focus on the positive
2. Phases, they will grow out of them
3. Date day/night at home or out on the town
4. Counseling, make a stronger connection
5. Listen: check out this website for great advice!

After we attended the class we just took a drive and talked. We ended up a few cities over and found a park where we walked the track. It was great getting to spend some quality time with my first-born. She's now 3 weeks into the 6th grade, middle school, I don't know where the time went, but I'm glad that we have some great private moments (and some not so private) to look back on.

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Here's the recipe for the Broccoli Salad that we made. Substitute the sugar for one that is diabetic friendly, like Agave or Stevia. Also be sure to buy lean bacon and soak up the grease with a paper towel before adding it to the salad.
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup sunflower kernels
  • ¼ cup raisins, or 1 (1 oz) box
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 TB sugar
  • 1½ TB white vinegar
  • 3-4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Instructions
  1. Combine broccoli, sunflower kernels, raisins, and bacon in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Stir together Greek yogurt, sugar, and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over the top of broccoli mixture and stir evenly to coat.
  3. Tastes great when served immediately. If you need to refrigerate it for later, you may want to prepare a bit more of the dressing to add in case it gets a little dry.

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