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When kids are little (preschool/Kindergarten), they’re so eager to tell you everything about their school day and show you all of their work. As much as I loved this as a parent, I took this phrase for granted. Now that I have a fifth-grader and two-second graders, my kids are still willing to tell me about their day but it sometimes takes a few creative questions.
The first step is to take advantage of the small moments – creating small moments for you and your kids. My kids are tired after-school and any question will likely be met with short answers as we drive home. But, when I set up the opportunity for us to have some time together, conversation happens.
You can do anything to create a small moment, but for my kids, it’s hot cocoa. There’s something about a warm cup of cocoa, made with real 2% milk and marshmallows that makes everyone feel good!
I always use milk when I make our hot cocoa. Farm fresh, real dairy milk is naturally nutrient – rich, unlike many non-dairy milk alternatives. When a recipe calls for water to make your hot chocolate, try using milk for a, richer taste.
Milk contains Vitamin A for a healthy immune system and bone-building nutrients like calcium, Vitamin D and phosphorus. Plus, real milk has just three ingredients – milk, vitamin A, and vitamin D. It is minimally processed and farm fresh. When you compare the ingredient list on milk to non-dairy milk alternatives, you may be surprised at what you find. Many non-dairy alternatives have 10 or more added ingredients including salt, sugar or thickeners like gums.
Hot Cocoa Talks
Plain and simple, real milk gives kids nutrients they need to grow strong and refuel.
The conversation gives them the chance to learn how to be resilient, be open and helps them learn how to communicate.
Prepare Hot Cocoa using milk
Add in marshmallows or your other favorite toppings
And then drink & chat!
Ask your kids creative questions that get them talking and build a ‘tradition’ of it with you! Some examples include:
- What was something that made you smile today?
- If you could be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do/what would you teach?
- When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
- What was the silliest thing that happened today?
- What was something nice you did for someone? What was the nicest thing someone did for you?
- What was popular today at recess? What did you do?
- Did you learn something you didn’t know before?
Visit https://milklife.com/milk-love-whats-real to learn more about the different types of real milk for you and your family.
Our grocery store carries our favorite Skim Milk and 2% milk. With different dietary needs in our household, these varieties are great to have on hand for hot Cocoa or so man other recipes.