Inventing a Product

The idea of Toddler Bites came to me after birthing what has to be the pickiest eater in the whole world.  He never liked those store bought baby foods in the jar, but at the baby stage it was easier to get him to comply.  However, when those toddler years and age of self-feeding came along, forget about mommy winning the battle of the wills when it came to green peas.  I soon realized that my busy two-year old toddler was a “grazer.”  He was a snatch and go type eater.  Sure I made him sit in submission in the high chair until our dinner was finished, but ultimately I finally decided that most meals were much more pleasant if we let him do drive by’s for his food.  I put out a tray of bite-sized foods and he would return over and over until the tray was emptied.  I knew he had the nutrition he needed and I was happy with that.  (Eight years later I still haven’t won the green pea battle!)

Well at this stage all I had was a great idea.  God had planted that seed into my mind.  Later that idea would resurface during the time when I began to pray long and hard for a way to answer God’s will for my life by home schooling my children.  A one-time elementary school teacher, I had been working various part time jobs to make ends meet since the birth of our two children.  It seemed that financially it was impossible for me to just quit working altogether.  But I knew that nothing is impossible for God.  I posted the verse Matthew 21:21-22, all over the house…on my bathroom mirror, my computer, refrigerator, and in my car.  I just kept praying that the Lord would move the mountain of debt.  God brought the idea of Toddler Bites back to my mind in a persistent way.  I committed it to prayer.  When my husband also felt the call to pursue this venture, I knew that my answer to prayer had come.  We stepped out on faith.  Over the next year, I worked on the many facets undertaking a project like this involves.  Finally, we were ready to launch the product. Years of prayer and work had finally paid off.  I pray that the Lord be glorified in this endeavor.  By stepping out on faith and being obedient to His will, He provided a way for me to home school my children.

Matthew 21:21-22

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to this fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” it will be done.  “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

About the author:  Kathy Hutto is a Christian, homeschool mother of two, mom inventor, curriculum author, and small business owner.  Her company Toddler Bites, LLC, produces the Toddler Bites Sandwich Cutter and Toddler Bites Hot Dog Cutter.  She also sells a Toddler and Preschool A to Z Complete Curriculum through CurrClick and this website.  Contact her via email at info@toddlerbitesonline.com.

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Saturday Chores

Being a full-time homeschooling parent and running a business from home can be challenging.  Daily routines are sometimes hard to monitor.  Since we have “no school” on Saturdays, I developed a Saturday Chore Chart.  It’s much easier to take the time to monitor and remind children of their various chores during this not-so-busy day of our week.  This is especially beneficial if you have younger children who will need to be prompted or even helped with some of their tasks.  I do all my major cleaning during this time too, so I’m available to stop and come to their aid should they need me.

I generated a list of chores for each child.  The tasks to be completed are different based on the differing abilities and age considerations.  I made a checkoff type chart.  I have one that allows me to use it for the whole month.  At the beginning of each month, I post another blank copy to be checked off.  If our children finish all of their chores on Saturday, they receive an allowance.  They give 10% to the church for tithe the next morning at church.  We give a minimal dollar amount for allowance since the point of this is to help them learn responsibility and tithing.

Here’s a look at one of my children’s chores:   (He is 8 years old)

  • Wash your clothes from hamper in your room (purchased each child a pop-up type hamper with handles for about $4 at Walmart)
  • Fold your laundry and put away
  • Clean room
  • Change sheets/make bed
  • Vacuum room
  • Empty trash cans in your room and bathrooms and replace liners
  • Vacuum living room rug
  • Clean yard (pick up toys and trash)
  • Help clean out van (We all help with this; each person gets items they’ve left in the van out and puts where they belong)

My younger child’s list is similar, but I’ve switched out some things and have substituted with cleaning the bathroom mirror and dusting the living room.

If interested in ordering my Saturday Chores Ebook, please email info@toddlerbitesonline.com.

Christmas Holiday Unit

Please email info@toddlerbitesonline.com for a free Christmas Holiday Unit.  It includes activities specifically designed for preschool age children including ideas for:  Shapes, Colors, Art, Music, Game Time, Bible, Snack Time, and Christmas Gift Ideas.  It also includes an original poem entitled, “The First Christmas Reindeer,” which is a Christian alternative to the traditional reindeer story.  This poem is perfect for attaching as a gift tag to those candy cane reindeer you can make.  Be sure you mention you saw this on our blog to receive this free gift!