This Week at Bethel MOM’s: Pamela Whyte

Pamela Whyte will be there Thursday. This is the one day we WILL be starting at 9:30 on the nose.

Pamela is a parent educator and consultant who works exclusively from the Dr. Gordon Neufeld approach. You can check out Pamela here.


Wrappen up Lunch Ideas (with an elastic band)

Thursday we blazed through some great ideas on what we do to get our kids to eat.

plateaHeidi showed off her Fun Sharpie Plate.
The gist is you buy cheap, white ceramic dinnerware.
Remove any stickers.
Colour it with Sharpie’s.
Place in a cold oven, and turn the heat up to 350 degrees.
Now some instructions say let it heat up to 350 and then bake for 30 mins, and others say put it in the oven for 30 mins.
Then you turn your oven off and allow the plate to cool completely in the oven.
If you make a mistake apparently you can remove the error with nail polish remover.
Lastly it’s recommended that you hand wash these plates for longevity, because the design may or ay not be dishwasher safe.

You can check out other plate ideas and fun ways of using them on Heidi’s Pinterest Page. (This place is addictive, you have been forewarned.)

Another idea that was presented was to use muffin tins or ice cube trays as your plates. Put out little bits of food for your little ones to pick from and place in their trays. It’s a great way to use up left over and it gives them some semblance of control.

Let them help. Your little one,  or big one will more likely to eat what’s on the table if they’ve had some hand in the process.

Did you know the reason toddlers don’t like veggies is because they taste bitter. Who knew! It’s a survival mechanism from when we use to run around as wildlings so we didn’t eat anything poisonous.

Lastly make it fun! If that means eating with serving utensils, or their favourite toy is zooming their food towards them, do it!

Here is one ingenious tip. Like to eat wraps. Use an elastic band to keep the wrap all wrapped up, and then move it down once your munchkin has gotten close to the band.

Here that? That’s the sound of your mind exploding.

I know I’ve missed things so please comment below so we can continue this great discussion, or email if you want to share some great recipes.


Mennonite Resources for children

Elsie Rempel one our fabulous caregivers wanted to share this for anyone interested in Mennonite Resources for children, there are quite a few available through Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre, many of which have been developed, edited or found by Elsie in her role as Formation Consultant. Typing her name into the search window is one way to get to a long list of possibilities, but here are a few of the most appropriate links:

Meeting God: Lent at home 2014

For the whole Lent series:

For the whole Advent series:

My Worship ‘n Colour Book:

Chris & Selah learn about Aquaponics:

Chris & Selah learn about Mennonite Church Canada projects:

And, of course, I’m always happy for visits to my Blog, where I often review books related to faith and children : Faith Bytes: Elsie Spins a Blog,

Upcoming Car Seat Clinic

Just passing this along.

We will be holding our first upcoming child car seat inspection clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, this Saturday, January 25, 2014. This clinic will be held our indoor garage at the MPI Service Centre at 930 St. Mary’s Road.

Please post and/or distribute to interested parents, guardians and care givers. Thank you much for your help regarding this matter.

~ Danielle ~

Welcome Back!

Hey All!

We are starting back this week. Come join us Thursday for coffee,  chit chat and general housekeeping stuff.

The Winter Schedule is up and you can check it out here.

Also Alice is setting up meals for Erinne and Danielle so watch your email in the near future.

See you Thursday!



Yes you heard correct. There is exactly ONE WEEK until MOM’s starts up again.

Commence happy dance!

See you Thursday Jan 16th, same ol’ place,  some time after 9.