1 Back to schoolAfter the first few weeks of school, the novelty of making school lunches and coming up with new ideas is long gone and becomes another stressful task.

Why not have the kids take charge of making their own lunch? Doesn’t this sound like a parent’s dream?

Teach your children how to decide on what they will eat and have them make their own lunch. This will take some work at the beginning, but once you have a system in place, you will gradually be able to step back and let the kids take over.

Make a checklist with your children of parent approved items that kids can pick and choose from. Put a number beside each type of item to let your children know the maximum number of items they may choose from each category.

This list can include the following categories:

  • fruits
  • veggies
  • bread and crackers
  • protein
  • snacks
  • drinks

By making a checklist, your child can pick and choose what they want in their lunch, giving them full control and ownership. Not only will this save you time but it will also save you from hearing your kids complain about how much they dislike your lunches; win win!

Once the groceries are bought, get your children involved by having them wash, cut, and sort the items into containers, then designate an area in the pantry for snacks and foods so they are easily accessible.

Every day, your child can pack their lunch in sectioned containers and eat what they chose. With supervision during prep time, making lunches becomes easy and gradually becomes the child’s responsibility.

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