It’s that time again (I can hear the groan from here)! Time to think about packing school lunches every day for the next school year. I’m thinking that it might make you want to run and hide.
How about something different this year? Take the pressure off and get your kids to make their own lunch. Yes, it is possible, I promise.
Did you know that 85% of kids who participate in preparing a meal are more likely to eat to eat the meal than not? This is for you, mom and dad. Get your kids involved in the process of making lunches. It’s never too early or late!
While it might seem like it’s going to take a while to get them into the flow of making their own lunch, start this school year as you mean to continue. Here’s my step-by-step advice:
For younger kids around kindergarten to grade 6, know that they can get distracted, so small finger foods are a great option.
From grade 7 onward, the cool factor needs to be taken into account and lunch needs to keep them from the fast-food restaurants as they have more freedom.
Snacks:Chocolate Chip Cookies
* Recipes for all bolded menu items above are taken from Sprout Right Family Food
Don’t forget a drink, and a juice box doesn’t cut it. Most kids won’t remember to take a swig of water before the gym or game, so try to talk to them and have their favourite water bottle for them. Dilute juice in water or offer coconut water as the perfect sports drink.
Do your kids make their own lunch? If not, will you start this year?
July 23rd. It’s a date that I’ve had in the back, front and sides of my mind for about a year. About 16 months ago, I handed in my 122,186 word manuscript to my editor at Penguin Random House Canada, sat back, exhaled and got on with work and life until the next step.
Writing the 122,186 words took a solid four months to write, as in all day, every day. Well, unless I was speaking with a moms group, had a TV or radio segment or a meeting, that is.