I don’t know about you, but “Back to School” is my favorite time of year. I love back to school shopping, fall weather, football season and by the end of the summer we are all ready for our schedules to be back in place.
One of my least favorite aspects of back to school is packing lunches. I will allow my daughters to buy lunch at school periodically, but for the most part, we pack lunches because it is less expensive and healthier.
However, packing lunches everyday gets old fast. So, I’ve come up with a solution to take some of the burden off of me, and also help my daughters take responsibility in helping out.
I put together various baskets/boxes and in each container I’ve prepackaged items for them to choose from. You can use baggies or resealable containers to portion the food. I recommend doing the portioning once or twice a week.
Once the containers are set to go, my daughters pick one item from each box and put it in their lunch bag. We like to do it the night before (not in the morning) to ease the morning chaos even further.
It’s just that simple. Even my 4 year old can do it!
And, as a bonus, I’ve found that when my daughters take a part in making their own food, they are more likely to actually eat that food. Not to mention, taking responsibility is a wonderful way to build confidence.
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At the end of the last school year I let my twins pack lunches on their own, just for fun. And, as I had expected, they ended up packing a bunch of random junk that I didn’t even know we had in our house. It was actually pretty funny.
This time, I asked them to pack using the food in the portioned containers and the results were much better! They had fun picking their items and of course, it was a much more balanced lunch. Check it out in the video below!
I hope this little tip helps you as you prepare for the back to school madness. It’s much quicker and more efficient to prepare all the food once a week. Plus, giving a little responsibility to your children is such a great learning experience.Let me know if you try it!
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