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Tuesday Tips: Hurrah – the sun is here at last, but can you persuade your kids to eat the healthy BBQ food?

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The sun came out - now its time for a BBQ

The sun came out - now its time for a BBQ

It looks like summer has begun!

But as this is England, we need to make the most of it; who knows what it could be doing tomorrow.

Well, I have taken it on faith that this is it – so there is no going back.

Last night I packed the last of the scarfs and gloves away; those that I could find anyway. Like Terry Pratchet and the sock fairy,  who is, if I remember rightly, responsible for all those odd socks, there must be a glove pinching fairy.

And in this house, she is definitely a girl; or perhaps my daughter just has more gloves to mislay! So now we must have a good tidy of bedrooms including under the beds to try and reunite those who are lost.

With blue skies and temperatures rising, we have retrieved shorts and T-shirts from the loft, drawers under beds and tops of wardrobes. Summer clothes have been tried on amidst protests, despite the reasoning that maybe you might need some new stuff.

Result; job done and another bag for passing on or charity.

Hubby put the BBQ together – painlessly and seamlessly and we all prepared for the first of the season whilst supping on a Pimms, again the first of summer (well that was the adults). Despite the cries of hunger and how long will it take,  we persevered. Even persuading the 3 that salad isn’t altogether disgusting and they should at least all try some.

Take the French approach.

It can take ten tries of a new food for a child to like it and the French supposedly don’t have fussy eaters; they insist their children try everything. Don’t make a big deal if they don’t like it and just say oh well maybe next time.

So sausages, burgers and chicken interspersed with football, trying to prevent the four year olds feeding of the dog under the table, the odd ball flying in our direction andthe occasional scream of:

Sausages on the BBQ

Sausages on the BBQ

“Mummy. Mummy he did or she did…”

We enjoyed eating alfresco.

I wonder if the neighbours did too, or was it a bit noisy for them?

We also had a childhood favourite; chocolate bananas – you know the ones spilt stuffed with chocolate wrapped in foil and cooked.  A fab way to ensure fruit eating!

Oh and a word of warning, check where the smoke is going – our room had a new fragrance with slight hint of bonfire! We remembered to shut the windows only part way through.

So here’s to summer at least for this weekend; more Pimms anyone?

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parent blog! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 80%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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