I don’t know about you, but I HATE mornings before school. Everyone is so tired and grumpy. This is real life footage in my living room on such a morning last week.
The kids have exactly 4 things they need to do, and I have about 4 billion. So it is really irritating to stand there in the kitchen, watching the kids eat the breakfast I just cooked them (or poured for them), and ask them for the fourteenth time what they want me to make for their lunches and snacks.
It is also irritating to get up early and have their lunches packed before they wake up, only to be chastised when they get home, saying they didn’t want that for lunch.
This has changed all of that (except for the grumpy and tired part).
Every Sunday, I print a School Lunch Plan for each of the kids and have them fill it out for the week.
They look at the school lunch schedule and fill in what days they plan on buying a hot lunch from school. Then they go through the fridge and pantry and decide what they want to eat for the week.
Sometimes we will be out of something they want, so I have them pick something different for Monday, but then let them know which day I promise to have the food there for, so they can plan to eat that meal a different day.
My daughter’s teacher has them pack their lunches and snacks separately because they drop them in different buckets on their way into the classroom. So that’s why it is super important for me to know what food she wants to eat for her snack versus her lunch.
The other kids can eat whatever food whenever they want, but I have found it is still a good idea to have a separate snack category for them to fill out, so they think it through and make sure they have enough food for both snack and lunch.
I have two reminders at the bottom of each School Lunch Plan.
The first one says, “Don’t forget to include any snacks you want with your lunch in the lunch space.”
My kids know that if they put “PB & J sandwich” in their lunch space, and nothing else, that’s all they will get. So if they want chips or crackers or gogurt or something with it, they need to write it in the box for what they want for their lunch.
The second reminder says, “Bag snacks in the pantry that are not in individual bags already (pretzels, grahams, etc).”
Yep. I am just an AWFUL parent, and I actually have my kids bag their own crackers for their own lunches. Yep, even my 5-year-old. I make their lunches and make sure everything is in their lunchbox in the mornings. But on Sunday evenings, they have plenty of time to throw some pretzels in a Ziploc bag and put it on the snack shelf in the pantry, so it is ready for me to grab in the mornings. It’s the least they can do.
So that’s it!
This is seriously a game-changer. It has made our mornings run SO MUCH SMOOTHER, and an added bonus is, it is teaching my kids responsibility along the way.
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