By Kiki Angelos
We all know that our children have friends they love and play with, friends at school and also friends who are not so desirable.
We must be careful because our children can also learn bad habits, bad words and horrible manners from some of their friends. Now with this new “TICK TOC,” that many don’t understand or know what it is, but it seems to be something that kids follow and see things they shouldn’t follow or take part in anything. It seems impossible how and when someone is going to do something or implement something that can protect our children.
One way to save your child is to befriend them and listen to what they have to say, then offer advice, but don’t be judgmental. The idea is to develop a relationship where they will trust you and want to share their thoughts.
It’s easy for a child to be led in the wrong direction sometimes, but if you’re friends with him and he trusts you, you can prevent him from being misled or doing something he doesn’t. is not supposed to do.
It is natural today that almost all children have their own mobile phone, which makes it even easier for them to be exposed to many negative things.
There are a lot of negative things going on all over the world today and sometimes it’s hard for a child to really know what’s right and what’s wrong.
Therefore, you need to get involved and pay close attention to what they are watching and doing on their iPhone. Listen to their conversations and get involved in their daily lives and activities and set positive guidelines for them to follow, even if they will disagree with you on several occasions. Keep in mind that as long as they live in your home, you have to be the boss and insist and explain why they should or shouldn’t do something.
When my grandkids come to visit me, I ask them to show me what they’re watching on TIC TAC and I’m personally shocked to see what kids all over the world are doing and all the different things that are going on. Many things they show can be very appealing to the child, especially if it is a popular boy or girl name and it is easy for children to want to follow them.
Let them be little children playing with dolls and games, cars and trucks, because they will be adults most of their lives. I am very lucky because I have great relationships with all my grandchildren and I wish the same for everyone. One of my granddaughters calls me BFF – she tells me that means “Best Friends Forever” which melts my heart.
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Chocolate meringue cookies
3 large eggs, separated
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus extra for topping
Preheat oven to 375. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place egg whites and cream of tartar in a medium bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir over medium-high heat until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the whites are stiff and glossy. Sift the cocoa over the egg whites and gently fold in until just blended. Drop tablespoons of batter 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Bake for 30-35 minutes until cookies are dry. Remove the cookies from the parchment paper and let cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, sprinkle with a little more cocoa powder. Store covered at room temperature.
Compote of hot berries
4 cups assorted frozen berries, no sugar added, thawed
1/4 teaspoon or to taste sugar substitute
1/2 cup butter
Simmer the berries with about 2 tablespoons of water in a medium non-reactive saucepan for 5 minutes. Add a pinch of sugar substitute, check the flavor, then add more if desired. Add the butter and stir to combine. Remove pan from heat, stir once more and divide among 6 bowls. Garnish with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Layered taco salad
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon chili powder, onion powder, cumin and garlic powder
1 teaspoon of salt and black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 cups shredded lettuce
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated
8 ounces Swiss cheese, grated
2 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
1 can 3 1/2 ounces chopped ripe black olives
1/2 small bunch green onions, finely chopped
In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, onion powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, whisking until to homogeneity. Spread evenly on a serving platter with sides. Garnish with the shredded lettuce, then the cheese, then the tomatoes and black olives and finally, the green onions. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Can be served with salsa on the side.