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3 children, one Kinder egg and the line at the supermarket.

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3 children, one Kinder egg and the line at the supermarket.

I’ve always thought that someone should write a manual for the line at the supermarket.

The basic rules regarding how not run over whomever is paying, ought to be written down.

I don´t know if my life is especially stressful or what, but the minute I´m standing in line to pay, the lady behind me is already pushing her basket forward to see if she can advance across the two millimeters between us, so I move forward the couple of meters that separate me from the man in front of me, and then I think about the unknown person who one day not too long from now will write this blessed manual.

I’m next, so I place my things on the conveyor belt and then the lady behind me shifts her weight to her left hip as if to say, I’ve  seen faster people, while my littlest daughter insists she is not going to give the cashier her Kinder egg because, as she says,

“It’s miiiiiine”.

I say to her: “Sweetheart, you have to give her the egg because we have to pay for it”.

noooooo shouts my little blondie as she builds up into a froth. The lady behind us switches hips and crosses one arm, which seems super threatening so I take the chocolate egg from my little girl in an athletic Mommy gesture and give it to the cashier.

We get back to the basket and to putting things on the belt and I say to my middle daughter: honey, did you get the sandwich bread? No, Mommy, you were going to get it.

Do me a favor and go get it, please, I say. The lady behind us crosses her other arm and the man behind her rolls his eyes. I keep thinking about the blessed personnage who is going to write the manual, where rule number 2 will be—what does she care if she loses two minutes when she is going to stop and spend 20 minutes chatting with her neighbor about nothing of consequence whatsoever when she leaves here.

I’d like to see them try and shop at the market with three children.

My daughter returns with the sliced bread, the other one is still balling her eyes out because the cashier had taken her egg, while I start bagging the groceries frantically, so much so that I’m sweating more than when I go to spin class.

Meanwhile, mi son, the eldest, decides he’s bored so he gives the middle one a shove because she won’t give him the Kinder egg and so they start hitting each other.

And that’s when I lose control of my nerves, my composure and even my glamour, and I bark at them so loudly that they hear me way over in the meat section. I’ve become the kind of mother that I swore I would never become, the kind that loses her self-control and shouts at her kids hysterically. So, I curse everything that’s holy and look like someone who’s just been let out of a mental hospital.

Who would have guessed while I was at a work meeting, looking so serious and profesional, that all it would take are 3 kids, one Kinder egg and 2 people in a line to make me lose my nerves.

María José Menéndez.  Team member of PenguinBag

What to do about Tantrums

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It’s happened to all of us, you’re in line at the movies, out shopping, or having coffee and suddenly your precious little one flies off the handle and starts having a meltdown.

What should we do in such cases?

Above all stay calm, it’s hard not to lose your temper at those moments, not only because of the ruckus but also because of how everyone looks at you like you’re the worst mother and teacher of manners in the world. It’s not true, it has happened to all of us and you should not fall into the trap of lecturing your son or daughter at that time, it’s pointless.

Your child is trying to one-up you and their weapon of choice is to embarrass you socially. So what we must do is remain calm and composed.

If they are bothering others, you should move farther away. If you’re on a bus, that is difficult, but in other contexts you can go outside.

Wait until they unload their emotions and calm down. Once they’re calmer, explain to them why you haven’t let them do or get whatever it was.

Change activities, kids’ quickly hit their own reset button when you help them shift their attention to something more entertaining.

Take care of the littlest ones’ eyes in summertime.

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It’s as important to protect your eyes from the Sun as it is your skin. Kids’ eyes are especially sensitive, don’t forget to buy them a good pair of sunglasses for the summer.

There are 4 categories, ranging from 1 for cloudy days to 4 for skiing or mountain climbing.

These are the characteristics that good lenses for the Sun should have:

 

  • The most recommended categories for kids are 2 and 3, with 3 being the appropriate one for very sunny days.

 

  • They should transmit light between 3 and 100%.

 

  • UV filtering: minimum 99%

 

  • They must be inflammable.

 

  • And most importantly, they should have a CE Mark accompanied by a leaflet indicating the solar filter category, recommended usage and how to care for them.

 

5 tips against childhood obesity

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It may seem perplexing, but there is an increasing number of obese children in the world. Our sedentary liefestyle is one of the main culprits, but por eating habits are the most important cause.

We propose an exercise: draw the food pyramid that your children follow and compare it to the World  Health Organization’s pyramid.

Is it the same? Congratulations, if it is, since you should make the effort of putting it into practice as  closely as possible.

Here are 5 pieces of advice:

1 Buy child-sized plates. That way your child will see his/her plate as being full, but it won´’t be an adult portion.

2 Keep fruit and vegetables like cherry tomatoes or grapes around at home which you can offer  them when they want a snack.

3 Buy skim milk, it has the same amount of calcium, without fat.

4 Promote physical activity, walk up staircases, run any errands you can on foot. Try to engage in a sports activity as a family at least once a week.

5 The best drink of  al lis wáter, eliminate sugary beverages, even juices are not a good option.

 

Why are Penguin Bags not excessively hot?

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Why are Penguin Bags not excessively hot?

Penguin Bags have a sleeveless design which keeps your little one’s body temperature from rising excessively.  Thus, he or she will be nice and warm, but won’t be over-heated. This is one of our security measures.

Would you like to know more about the rest of them? We’ve got the link right here for you. https://www.penguinbag.com/faqs/

Mini Pizza recipe, ready in 20 minutes.

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A recipe that one of our Penguin Moms in Rome sends us.

Pizzette

Ingredients:

180 grams Philadelphia light cream cheese (175 calories per 100 grams)

30 grams of butter at room temperature

180 grams of flour

 

Heat the butter in the microwave, then add the flour and cream cheese.

Knead the dough, if you have a food processor, you can knead all the ingredients together for 3 minutes.

It´s a kind of dough that can be kneaded very easily.

Make balls the size of a walnut and place on a dish with baking paper, spreading it with your fingers.

Add tomato sauce.

Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius and in the last 3 minutes, add the mozzarella.

 

Ready to go anywhere, to feed your little penguins.

Penguinbag, specialists harboring the dreams of children who already walk.

Mini Pizza recipe, ready in 20 minutes.

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A recipe that one of our Penguin Moms in Rome sends us.

Pizzette

Ingredients:

180 grams Philadelphia light cream cheese (175 calories per 100 grams)

30 grams of butter at room temperature

180 grams of flour

 

Heat the butter in the microwave, then add the flour and cream cheese.

Knead the dough, if you have a food processor, you can knead all the ingredients together for 3 minutes.

It´s a kind of dough that can be kneaded very easily.

Make balls the size of a walnut and place on a dish with baking paper, spreading it with your fingers.

Add tomato sauce.

Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius and in the last 3 minutes, add the mozzarella.

 

Ready to go anywhere, to feed your little penguins.

Penguinbag specialists at keeping walking toddlers and young children warm at night time

S.O.S. HELP!!

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Do you have more than one child? You really have a lot of help! Find out how.

If you have a baby with an older sibling, you can ask the older one to help a bit with different tasks based on their age.

For kids between 3-4, you can ask them to get undressed on their own, to pick up toys, to help set the table.

You can also ask him/her to help you to change the baby’s diapers and this will get them involved in the care of their little brother or sister.

At 5 years of age, they can go to the bathroom and clean themselves, clear the table, get dressed and undressed. Ask them to put the penguin bag on their own to go to sleep, it’s easy to put on it will not be a problem.

At age 6, they are already very autonomous, they can perform more complex tasks such as help to pick up things in the supermarket and put them away when you get home. They can prepare their own breakfast, clean up liquids they have spilled, and answer the phone if you are busy at the moment.

From age 7 on, at home you have a great ally, capable of doing many things, always under supervision.

So take advantage of this opportunity, there is strength in numbers, do not try to load all the tasks on hand on yourselves.

Involving your children in daily tasks will give them a sense of independence and high self-esteem since they love helping their parents.

And you will have a break.

Safety first.

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Safety first, the Penguin Bag team know this very well and therefore works every day to ensure their bags comply with all safety regulations.

So you only have to concern yourselves with sleeping peacefully while your little ones are sleeping warmly, whether in winter with our bags….. or in summer with TOG1 bags with which you can turn on the air conditioning, though without over-doing it with the cold air.

Sleep peacefully because our bags have no buttons or clasps, we only use zippers, which are coated to prevent chafing or scratching.

Are you going to travel by plane with your little ones? Before you do, read these 10 tips.

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1. Bring a change of clothes, shirt and pants, the most common mishap is that they spill a glass of water on themselves.

2. Put long pants on your child for the plane ride, aircraft seats are often upholstered with fabric and this can be itchy. They will be much more comfortable with pants that cover their legs.

3. Bring powdered milk as if you were going to spend 24 hours traveling, you never know what to expect in an airport and it’s best to be prepared.

4. If your child is no longer bottle-fed, carry foods other than liquids or perishables, so you can manage to get through an emergency. Cookies, crackers, etc. …..

5. Take an extra emergency pacifier and bottle.

6. If your child is taking any medication, take the necessary dose for 24 hours.

7. Diapers and wipes.

8. The baby’s documentation. It seems obvious, but you can’t imagine how many parents I’ve seen who have were prevented from taking-off for this reason.

9. Markers and paper, you can keep kids quite entertained with them.

10. A packet of camomile, if the going gets tough, it will be good for both of you.

 

We hope you have enjoyed this advice from the Penguin Bag team.

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