Q & A: Toddlers in Worship, Sick Friends, Homeschooling with Baby, and Fermenting

I’m answering more of your FB questions today.

Kelsey wondered,

How do you teach your young toddlers (one year olds) to behave during family worship time? Any pointers?

I love these questions because the work is already done. You may read about this in my posts Keeping Little Ones in Worship and Teaching Little Ones to Sit through Worship.

Vena said,

I homeschool four kids and have a five month old who wont let me put her down. How do you keep up on your house in this situation?

When our babies are little like that I wear them. My two favorite carriers are the ERGO and Moby. You may also like Homeschooling, Homemaking and a Large Family: Bringing It All Together. I included lots of links to how we do what we do.

Elizabeth wondered,

How do you handle sick kids and family/holiday outings? Do you stay home if ANYONE is sick? Do you cancel with another family if they are sick? What are your guidelines of sick? How far will you go to avoid the domino effect of one sick kid to the rest?

When our kids are sick:

As long as our children are feeling well enough to participate in the activity we will inform the family we are getting together with and let them decide if they still want to carry out our plans.

We don’t quarantine children to prevent the spread of illness within our own home. We do run toothbrushes through the dishwasher and take measures to boost immune systems if we have an illness that is spreading through our family.

When others have sick kids:

  • Puking is a no-go, unless it can be reasonably demonstrated that the puke was caused by excessive motion or excessive eating.
  • A  standard runny nose isn’t sick.
  • If I’m within a few weeks of delivering a baby, a runny nose may be considered “sick”.
  • A fever is debatable.
  • If I’m within a few weeks of delivering a baby, a fever is a no-go.
  • If we’re going to all be outside and there is no puking, we’ll usually get together.
  • Symptoms that have not spread to any other family members for several days can be dismissed. This is voided if the illness has taken out several family members all several days apart.

You may also like Fighting Germs in a Large Family.

Carol asked,

How do you handle family that are not Christians and their way of dealing with their children is not Godly ( I don’t mean perfect, as none of us are, I mean things like hitting, screaming constantly, etc.) and how do you explain it to your children without making those family members seem horrible

That’s a relevant question especially this time of year. I wrote about Preparing Children to be Around Unbelievers and in that post are links to thoughts from the rest of the 4 moms.

Jeree said,

If I wanted to try fermenting something, what would you suggest would be a good recipe to start with?

Sauerkraut is super easy, but the flavor is strong (we’ve found that everyone in our family loves kraut that’s been in the fridge for a few weeks after the initial fermenting) and for that reason, it’s not what I would recommend for starters.

This Cranberry-Apple-Orange relish is delicious and easy. We like to have a fresh batch on hand at all times because it’s so versatile and everyone in our family loves it.

You can use it as a topping for pancakes, as a sweetener for kefir or yogurt or simply as a side dish with just about any meal. We purchase many pounds of cranberries when they’re in season and freeze them to use in this recipe.

Fermented Cranberry-Apple-Orange Relish

Adapted from Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS

  • 4 oranges (remove seeds, peel and section)
  • 4 apples (wash, core and quarter)
  • 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (we use Celtic Sea Salt)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup rapadura or sucanat
  • 1/2 cup whey or water kefir (you can get whey from yogurt or milk kefir, we use milk kefir)

Process the oranges, apples and cranberries with a food processor. You want them finely chopped not pureed. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

Pack relish into a half gallon canning jar and screw on lid. Let sit out at room temperature for 1-3 days. Check daily for mold (remove, if any and repack carefully) and to allow air to escape the jar. The ferment is done when it tastes a bit tangy. This is certainly an art not a science and some people like their food fermented longer than others. Place jar in the refrigerator when it reaches a pleasant consistency and taste.

The amount of fruit can be varied in this recipe, no worries if you don’t have enough apples, just add more oranges or cranberries.

GNOFGLINS offers an eCourse on the whys and hows of fermenting. You can also checkout her selection recipes for fermented foods.

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5 Responses to Q & A: Toddlers in Worship, Sick Friends, Homeschooling with Baby, and Fermenting
  1. Elizabeth Sacks
    December 4, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Thank you! That answered my question perfectly! I really appreciated the extra link too!


  2. Nicole
    December 4, 2012 | 9:21 am

    This post reminds me that I have a question that desperately needs to be answered. I have two sons, a one year old and a two and a half year old. The one year old is generally very well behaved in stores he just sits in his cart and sometimes he’s so quiet you would forget he is there. However the two year old is very rambuctious which I don’t mind but its generally not pleasant in the grocery store when he decides hes going to get out of the cart and run around. At two the belt is two snug for him and actually he exceeds the weight limit for the seat by a pound. But he likes to get out and run down the isles and scream which makes grocery shopping a very tiring experience. Theres always the threat of a spank but we have a very small car making it impossible to really spank him in there especially since we live in new york and i’m sure there are alot of people around who would “frown” upon that. Anyway I was wondering if you had any pointers. It seems I’m still working on the best ways to deal with certian behaviors and I’m lost on this one.


  3. Lindsey in AL
    December 4, 2012 | 9:42 am

    My favorite LF food for beginners is the dilly carrot recipe from Grain-Free Menu Plans (health, home, happy website) A quart of carrot sticks, tsp dill seeds, tablespoon whey, tablespoon salt, cover with filtered water and ferment 3-4 days. They stay crunchy and are just sour enough to be tasty. Even my non-pickle-loving children gobble them up. The recipe is a freebie on her sample menu plan.


  4. Anna
    December 5, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    I always love reading your blog and your answers to questions. I’ve learned so much and have found them very helpful.

    Through reading through some of the links here, I read about your family’s Bible reading. I was wondering what version you guys use with the little kids reading. Thanks! 🙂


  5. Kristianna Myus
    January 23, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    Thank you for this glorious idea! I have 5 children (Ages:9,8,6,3, and 1). I constantly feel like I’m not getting in great conversations with my oldest three because I’m always handling something with the two littles. This looks like a great way to build deeper relationships with all of my kids! I can’t wait to try it!


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