Seven lessons I am currently teaching my four year old daughter that she will need for the rest of her life. - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

Seven Lessons I Am Currently Teaching My Four Year Old Daughter that She Will Need for the Rest of Her Life

Seven Lessons I Am Currently Teaching My Four Year Old Daughter that She Will Need for the Rest of Her Life

1. Always Keep a Straight Line When Walking Across the Street

This one is more common sense based than the rest of them. Yet, just as important. We live and primarily play in the midtown/downtown areas of Kansas City, MO. I also choose to live without owning a vehicle. As a result of constantly being in such highly trafficked neighborhoods, I’ve developed a heightened sense of fear about getting hit by a car. It doubled when my daughter came along.

Seven lessons for my daughter. No. 1 Always keep a straight line when walking across the street. - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

From the time Lily turned two and we moved to our current neighborhood I have drilled her on “rules of the road” and “car safety”. She knows to look to the left and right before crossing the street. She’s never tried to take off running away from me and possibly into oncoming traffic. If she’s playing in the middle of our street and sees a car coming she knows to get back on the sidewalk. (Don’t judge me on letting my kid play in the middle of the street. She’s being supervised. It’s a one way. Everything is OK.) She’s four now and pretty much gets it. Except for one thing. I recently started allowing her to cross the street without holding my hand. And sometimes she veers slightly to the left or right. When she does, I always yell out the same thing. “Keep a straight line!”

2. Only God is Truly Glorious

Seven lessons for my daughter. No. 2 Only God is truly glorious. - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

The definition of glory is:

  • worshipful praise, honor, or distinction, and thanksgiving
  • a distinguished quality or asset
  • great beauty, splendor, magnificence
  • a height of prosperity or achievement

The definition of glorious is possessing or being deserving of glory. I’m unsure of exactly where this lesson came from. It may have been Lily’s Sunday School classes or a song she heard that had glorious in the lyrics. But I do remember her asking me if she was glorious some time ago. I replied by saying that “Only God is truly glorious”. She laughed and said that she WAS glorious too.  Eventually it became a game where she comes up with silly things to call glorious. Candy is glorious. Minions are glorious. However when we read a bible story or scripture with the word glory I make sure to focus on it as a way to remind her that God is glorious.

3. Treat Others with Respect and Kindness & Require Others to Treat You with Respect and Kindness

Seven lessons for my daughter. No. 3 Treat others with respect and kindness & require others to treat you with respect and kindness. - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

Lily is full of love and happiness for the most part. I am so thankful for her sweet, cheery disposition. She does have a sassy side though. And she’s not afraid to show it. On several occasions I have been a witness her telling a friend what’s what when they try to take a toy she’s playing with. Which I love. I think it serves any person well in life to have the courage to stand up for themselves. However, after Lily got in trouble at school for pushing a friend down because they made her mad, I started teaching her other ways to express her anger. Ways that don’t include someone getting knocked to the ground.

Lily is a great communicator for her age. Particularly when it comes to how she’s feeling and why. Which goes hand in hand with her being able to express when she feels she or someone else is unfairly treated. Lily has also recently experienced “friends” at school being not so nice to her. So now if a situation arises we talk about ways she can show kindness to others. My daughter comes up with the sweetest answers! “Read a book to a friend” “Dance with them” “Give them a hug” “Let them ride my bike” “Share my fruit” We also discuss how to define the meaning of friendship and how a friend should and shouldn’t treat you.

4. Those Who Love You, Care for You, and Want the Best for You Will Do So No Matter What

Seven lessons for my daughter. No. 4 Those who love you, care for you, and want the best for you will do so no matter what. - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

My daughter is getting this lesson less with words and more in actions. And it’s mainly put into practice when she least deserves it. After a day of not following directions and multiple tantrums, occasionally we will still end up going out for ice cream. There have also been plenty of times when Lily’s naughty behavior warranted discipline, yet I would let the night pass with no follow-up on her misconduct. Why? Because her misbehavior makes me think of how often I don’t follow directions yet God continues sh merciful. How can I be a parent who lays the smack-down at every transgression when I’m being led by the example of God who is so graciously loving? So, even when Lily is at her worst I do my best to show her she is loved. The same as God reminds me all the time.

5. Please Use Your Good Manners, They Count for A Lot

Seven lessons for my daughter. No. 5. Please use your good manners, they count for a lot. - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

I believe exhibiting good manners are how you show respect and common courtesy to others. I wish I would see more of them everyday. I’m also learning that children will do what you do and say what you say. So I work to keep please, thank you, you’re welcome, and may I in my vocabulary. I have a rule, as well. If a please or may I isn’t said, Lily does not get whatever it is she wants. Period. But good manners go deeper than that. I’m teaching Lily how to wait patiently, not interrupt someone who’s talking, share her things, be quiet and still when the occasion calls for it.

When people see how my daughter behaves in public they often remark on how surprised they are. But I don’t think it should be a shock when children are well behaved. Children are capable of amazingly great things. Learning to say please, thank you, and sit quietly are the least of them. It just takes diligence on the part of parents and teachers. In turn, the rewards for Lily’s good manners are many. Everyday, we go somewhere fun, do something she likes, or she gets a treat.

6. You are Beautiful and You Look Pretty

Seven lessons for my daughter. No. 6 You are beautiful and you look pretty. - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

We live in a society where everyone is judged heavily based on outward appearances. Unfortunately most people never have the content of their inner character critiqued. I must admit I do think being attractive helps. I’m a visual person and I like a handsome face. But I also think that society allows so many to get by with just being pretty. A person should be required to be more than simply good-looking. Interesting. Cultured. Philosophical. Intelligent. Artistic.

Of course this mentality isn’t formed overnight. It starts when a person is young and the majority of compliments they hear are about their physical appearance. “You are so pretty” “I love your hair” “Look how cute your clothes are” Now, I am not at all saying children will become narcissistic jerks if they hear they are pretty or handsome. In fact, as a black woman with natural hair, I constantly advocate for little black girls and boys to grow up hearing they are beautiful. I also strive to raise my daughter to know that her worth goes farther beyond her pretty hair and face. Everyday, I comment on Lily’s wit, sincerity, compassion, intelligence, creativity, etc. These are the things that make up who she is as a person. And that is beautiful.

7. Most of the Time You May Get By with Simply Walking but Occasionally You Will Have to Run

Seven lessons for my daughter. No. 7 Most of the time you may get by with simply walking but occasionally you will have to run. - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

It frequently occurs that when we head to the bus stop when we see the bus coming up the street. We break out in a full sprint so we won’t miss it. My daughter hates this. Running to catch a bus is Lily’s least favorite thing on Earth. Once on the bus Lily, usually upset and in tears, exclaims how mad or sad she is. I always say the same thing. “Sometimes you have to run”. This lesson is simple enough at first but is applicable to many aspects of life. Whether it’s something you love and are passionate about or it’s something you want to get away from, sometimes you have to run.

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All the Ways I Would Love to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. The scent of love has already been faintly drifting through the air for quite some time now. However, while this holiday is traditionally for lovers I’ve found some ways that anyone could celebrate it. If you’re happily in love, looking for a fun night out, wanting to show someone a little kindness, or seeking a sweet treat for yourself, keep reading. I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration here.

All the Ways I Would Love to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017

A Nice Dinner and a Show

La Bodega is a celebration of delicious Spanish food, lifestyle and the traditions of Northern Spain. This traditional way of eating in Spain brings food and socializing with friends together. Such tradition also occurs with each meal at La Bodega, located in Kansas City, MO. My favorite time to dine there is during their amazing daily happy hour from 2-6 pm. In fact, it should be called the happiest hour! What I have been craving, in particular, is their Zarzuelo de Mariscos. It’s a Spanish version of cioppino with saffron rice, PEI mussels, clams, shrimp and chorizo with sofrito, in a spicy fish stock.

One of my bucket list items is a show at The Murder Mystery Co. Murder-mystery dinners begin innocently enough. Guests arrive and mingle amid drinks and quiet conversation. As diners munch away, a sudden death interrupts the feasting. A detective comes on the scene to determine who the killer is, inevitably laying blame on one of the audience members. Table mates work together to prove their innocence and find the real killer through an interactive performance full of hilarious suspects and eye-catching costumes. All the while dining on the included three-course meal and taking advantage of drink specials.

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A Good Glass of Wine

 

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A Charcuterie and Cheese Board to Go with the Wine

Five Key Components to the Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Board from Thrive Market. - My City Adventures

I’ve been a member of Thrive Market for several months. I love the foods they offer and what they stand for. Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver healthy food and natural products at wholesale prices. Plus every membership allows Thrive Market to sponsor free memberships for low-income families in America. Memberships are $59.95 annually. However, Thrive Market offers a 30 day free trial with 15% off your first purchase.

If you decide to become a member of Thrive Market or you already are one, you should take some time to read through their food blog. They have amazing stories on the benefits of healthy foods, delicious recipes, and inspiring posts about how to get cooking in your own kitchen. I found this gem on charcuterie boards and I can’t wait to try it at home! Here’s a link to the article: 5 Key Components to the Ultimate Cheese and Charcuterie Board.

A Weekend Getaway

The San Francisco CityPASS includes tickets to California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruises, Adventure Exploratorium or de Young Museum, Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Unlimited Rides on Muni Buses and Cable Cars. - My City Adventures

My top choice for a long Valentine’s Day weekend would be exploring San Francisco. And the best way to make sure I get the most out of my vacation would be with a CityPASS.

CityPASS bundles prepaid admission to the most popular attractions in top cities across North America, at hugely discounted prices. (Depending on the city, savings is up to 54% off what it would cost to buy each admission separately.) Plus each CityPASS booklet is good for nine days from use of first ticket, so there’s no need to feel you have to rush. Here is what the San Francisco CityPASS includes:

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
  • Exploratorium or de Young Museum
  • Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Unlimited Rides on Muni Buses and Cable Cars

As if that wasn’t enough, most booklets also contain great discounts for shopping, restaurants, and more.  CityPASS is available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, and Toronto. If you’re planning a trip to any of these cities, using CityPASS would definitely be a smart way to go! But don’t wait too long to grab one or two! CityPASS prices are scheduled to increase on March 1, 2017.

Now, where would I stay?
The Hotel Triton is a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, 140-room wonderland in San Francisco, California. - My City Adventures
Living Social always has fabulous deals on getaways, worldwide. Through 2/10/17, you can use code CUPID for an extra 20% off already huge discounts. Harper’s Bazaar awarded the title of best hotel in San Francisco to the Hotel Triton. No big surprise there. The Hotel Triton is a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, 140-room wonderland. The design of this boutique style hotel was inspired by the work of innovative local artists. Plus its location is ideal. It’s across the street from the Chinatown gates, two blocks from Union Square, five blocks from Moscone Center, and just a short walk to Little Italy. If San Francisco doesn’t catch your interest, Living Social has plenty of awesome escapes.
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Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017 featured an array of restaurants that gave foodies a chance to visit old favorites and try new ones in Kansas City, MO.

My Best Moments of Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017

Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017 featured an array of restaurants that gave foodies a chance to visit old favorites and try new ones. As always, Kansas City’s finest culinary talents offered a variety of mouth-watering lunches and dinners. Kansas City Restaurant Week has long been considered a 10 day highlight of one of the best dining scenes in the nation. Here are just a few of the delicious dishes that I enjoyed during the 2017 event.

Cafe Trio

Mac Daddy from Cafe Trio in Kansas City, MO. Voted KC’s Best Mac & Cheese! Day One of Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017 for My City Adventures. - Kiara Watts

First Course

Brussels Sprouts
Pan seared with bacon, sweet potato purée, pecans, dried fig, and red wine vinegar.

Second Course

Mac Daddy
Voted KC’s Best Mac & Cheese! Creamy gourmet mac & cheese with bacon, green onion, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, bel paese, fontina & romano cheeses.

Third Course

Gooey Chocolate Cake
Served with pecan praline ice cream and caramel crème anglaise.

and…

Lemon Cake
Served with carrot curd, elderflower syrup, carrot brown sugar, and mascarpone.

Yardhouse

Nashville Hot Chicken from Yardhouse in Kansas City, MO Power and Light District. Day three of Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017 for My City Adventures. - Kiara Watts

First Course

Kale Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, brussels sprouts, pistachios, raisins, sweet baby tomatoes, and shaved parmesan.

Second Course

Nashville Hot Chicken
Served with fried sage, sweet potato pancakes, pickles, ranch dressing, and honey hot sauce.

Third Course

Banana Berry Rum Macadamia Nut Crumble
Topped with toasted coconut ice cream

Gordon Biersch

Lobster and Shrimp Tacos from Gordon Biersch in Kansas City, MO Power and Light District. Day Five of Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017 for My City Adventures. - Kiara Watts

First Course

House Salad
Classic style served with signature Marzen balsamic vinaigrette.

Second Course

Southwest Egg Rolls
Stuffed with pulled chicken, black beans, corn, roasted red peppers, carrots, zucchini, and pepper jack cheese.

Lobster and Shrimp Tacos
Prepared with house-made Cajun rémoulade, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, and pico de gallo. Wrapped in crisp blue corn tortillas and in soft flour tortillas. Served with their signature garlic fries.

Fourth Course

Triple Chocolate Brownie
Three different chocolates mixed together, topped with fudge, caramel and ice cream.

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza

Roasted Potato Pizza from Spin Pizza in Kansas City, MO. Day eight of Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017 for My City Adventures. - Kiara Watts

First Course

Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad
Fresh baby spinach, criminis, pancetta, caramelized onions, roasted grape tomatoes, glazed pecans, goat cheese, and Chianti vinaigrette.

Second Course

Roasted Potato Pizza
Pancetta, roasted red peppers, goat cheese, and scallions on whole wheat.

Third Course

Gelato
Dark chocolate and raspberry.

The Jacobson

Salted Butterscotch Pudding from The Jacobson in Kansas City, MO Crossroads Art District. Day ten of Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017 for My City Adventures. - Kiara Watts

First Course

Tuscan Tomato Caprese Salad
Roasted plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and lightly dressed artisan field greens, finished with aged balsamic reduction.

Second Course

Bucatini Pasta
Tossed with roasted garlic marinara. Finished with Pecorino cheese & fresh basil.

Third Course

Salted Butterscotch Pudding
Served with fresh cream and shaved chocolate.

I had a blast during Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017! If you enjoyed it as well leave a comment about what you liked best. You can also find more delicious photos at My City Adventures on Instagram. Thank you for reading!

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