Parents Weekly

By Anna Julian and Simon Leavell

Our Magazine Cover for October

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Table of Contents

Page 1: October Cover by Anna Julian and Simon Leavell

Page 2: Homemade Baby Food Comments by Anna Julian, Original Recipes from

Page 3: Sleep Problems by Simon Leavell

Page 4: Ask and Answer by Anna Julian

Page 5: Ask and Answer by Simon Leavell

Wonderful Pumpkin Baby Food

As fall roles around the corner, your little ones might not be old enough to be excited about Halloween but that doesn't mean that you can't introduce some fall cheer into there lives early. This wonderful pumpkin baby food recipe is delicious and will sure to bring a cheerful smile to your young one's faces.

To last long throughout October. Make double the recipe and freeze portions of it in tupperware. Whenever you need to bring out the food again. Heat it up on the stove and serve. It's also useful when having a babysitter, so that no new food has to be made when you are out on the town.

If your looking for a twist to add to your recipe, mix the pumpkin baby food with apple sauce to create a delightful medley of apple pumpkin flavor. Simply after the baby food has been finished, mix in the apple sauce thoroughly and serve. You can look for our take on apple sauce in the next online issue, which will be published next week.

By Anna Julian

Pumpkin Puree Baby Food Recipe by


  • 1 sugar pumpkin
  • water
  • cinnamon, nutmeg (optional – sprinkle into the cooking water or when you puree/mash)

Pumpkin is best when baked though you may peel, cube and steam it. Bake a pumpkin exactly as you would bake a winter (Acorn, Butternut etc.) squash. Pumpkin is after all a squash.


Step 1: Halve the pumpkin, de-seed

Step 2: Place halves face down in a baking pan with approx 1-2 inches of water

Step 3: Bake between 375-425 F for approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour

Skin should be “puckery” and/or wrinkled and pumpkin should feel soft when pressed

Step 4: Scrape out the pumpkin “meat” and then mash or puree as needed for your baby.


Sleep Problems?

Have you ever been in a situation where your kids have refused to go to sleep and keep on getting out of bed. I think we all have. Kids just are never pleased with their bed time. One way that has worked for me is making bed time a game. Be sure to give your kids a warning before they go to bed. Make your kids help with a bed time routine. Tell them to play a game like beat the timer and if they get finished before the timer they can read two books.

You can also track their behavior on a chart and if they go two weeks without getting out of bed and doing everything on their bed time routine they can go out for ice cream. This can make your bedtime so mush easier. Having a good sleep can ebcourage better grades, better moods and a healthier, happier child.

By Simon Leavell

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Ask and Answer

Dear Parents Weekly,

My 5 year old Nina is absolutely refusing to use the toilet. Her reasoning is that a monster will come up and at her as soon as she sits down. I've tried to ease her fears but i'm worrying that she won't be able to do it when it comes time for kindergarten... Most of her friends are potty trained and I want her to be caught up.

- Concerned Parent

Dear Concerned Parent,

When my son was around your Nina's age, she refused to potty train also. With your daughter's situation I suggest leading her to the bathroom a couple times a day. By doing this she's less likely to say no when you ask if she has to pee. Since she's is afraid of the toilet, perhaps invent an ending to the toilet monster. Tell her that the toilet monster is on vacation to the beach and won't be back for a very long time. If she is still nervous or doesn't know how, you or an older sibling to demonstrate how it is not scary at all.

Good Luck Janie!

-Parents Weekly Staff

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My kid will not eat a single thing. I even let him choose what he wants (In reason). All I get out of him is a bunch of junk food. When I tell him what is for dinner he will scream on the top of his lungs and not stop screaming until he gets what he wants to eat. I don't know how to handle him and I am a single mom and you are all the help I get.

Please Help

- Almost Deaf Parent

Dear Parent

This is very common. The worst thing to do is to ask your child what they want to eat unless it is a very special occasion. Give them options and not just one thing to eat because this will prevent some arguments and them talking back. Time out is also a very helpful system. Another way to handle this sort of problem is to make a reward system. Every time he does not scream put a pebble in a jar. Once the jar is full offer to take him to his favorite restaurant. You are not the only one with this problem it is very common in kids and I hope this helped your child.

We hope this gets to you before you lose your hearing!

-Parents Weekly Staff

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