Three ways to inspire your child:



'Inspiration' is essential for people of all the ages. Inspiration means different to different people, but ultimately it is something that drives people towards a certain goal in their life that can be a short term or a long term goal. As a mom you can inspire your child in many ways in their day to day activities and help them achieve their smaller goals in life.

 

Though your child goes to preschool and is independent enough to do his/her things, your presence and involvement in their day to day activities will further boost their level of involvement.

  

As a mom you can start doing the following things to start with,

 

1.Do things together:

It’s always easier to send children away on a trekking camp or to dance classes. But when you do something together, the emotional  reward is higher. Your kids pick up your values and attitudes. Demarcate one weekend per month, or all weekends, for family activities. Quality time still means a lot.


2.Read inspirational books:

Read with, and encourage your children with motivational books like the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, or biographies of individuals they admire. There is all types of inspirational literature — books of quotations and biographies suitable for children of all ages.


3.Encourage specific traits:

Help children build on their strengths by encouraging good habits and  attitudes. Instead of the standard, ‘Good job’ or ‘Congrats,’ a comment like, ‘Your painting looks beautiful because you spent so much time paying attention to detail,’ can help your child see what her strengths are, and encourage her to develop specific intelligence.

 

Santa Star Cookie Recipe


Here is a delicious #‎Santa Star Cookie #‎Recipe for you :::

 Ingredients:

1. 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
2. 1/2 cup shortening
3. 1 cup sugar
4. 1 cup packed brown sugar
5. 2 eggs
6. 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
7.  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8.  5 cups all-purpose flour
9. 1 teaspoon baking soda
10. 1 teaspoon salt

• FROSTING:

1.  2 cups confectioners' sugar
2.  2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
3.  4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
4.  1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
5.  Red and black paste food coloring

Method:::

1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange juice concentrate and vanilla.
2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until easy to handle.
3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 4-in. star-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
4. In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water, meringue powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Tint 9 tablespoons red and 2 tablespoons black. Leave remaining icing white. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
5. Place red icing in a pastry bag. With a #3 round pastry tip, pipe Santa's hats, noses and suits. Use black icing for eyes, mittens, belts and boots. With white frosting and a #16 star tip, add the hat trim, mustaches and beards. With a round tip, add the suit trim. Yield: about 6 dozen