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I was out for a friends birthday last night and as most ladies events go we talk about parenting, disciplining, kids being home vs. being at school, the crazy things our kids say, packing lunches....the list goes on.
One of the common denominators between my friends is that none of us really like to pack our kids lunches {we hear angels sing when we see the reminder that today is "fun lunch day" at school!}.  It's not that it's hard to do, but it does take time and well I don't know about you but I'd rather spend my extra time not packing lunches!  

I choose to pre-pack my kids lunches, this usually happens from 5-6pm the night before school...usually when I'm in the kitchen already preparing dinner.  This helps it so I'm not grumpy with one more thing to do before we leave the house in the am. 
In our discussion last night we spoke about kids not eating their food and about the discipline that follows.  This brought me to the boys lunches, if they don't eat what is given to them then they have to eat it before they eat their afternoon snack once home from school.  Fair right!?!

They get choices in their lunch, they can choose to eat their veggies first or last, doesn't matter to me but the rules are: you don't eat all the "good stuff" and not the veggies and you NEVER throw out food.  
My friends thought I was a little crazy when I told them my kids never throw anything out; now let me say now that our school has a strict recycling program so if perfectly-not-eaten food is thrown out it's obvious and the teacher will hold the class responsible until the person that threw it out admits to this.  

In two years of school only one of my kids tried to throw something away and it was a homemade date square.  He was full. 

Someone commented to me and said that she gives her child only what she knows he will eat at school.  I do too but I also expect that if they will have cucumbers at my table on Saturday for lunch that they will do the same at school.  I'm my kids parent, not grandparent.  My job is to prepare them so that when I'm not looking {like at school or with said grandparent} that they will still make a balanced choice. 

So I thought I would share how I take the "blech" out of making lunches and actually having the kids eat their lunch!

1. Pack their fave's // My boys don't love sandwiches so a wrap or pepperoni & crackers will do
2. They get 1 treat in their lunch // today it's fruit snacks {this changes seasonally}
3. There is always veggies and a fruit...I even raisins count as a fruit to save time and not cut up fresh fruit
4. In Kinder at our school the kids are only aloud to bring water, but JJ is able to bring juice boxes in Gr. 1 but I still just send a water bottle and just put a touch {2 Tablespoons} of ice tea in with the rest water so he'll drink the whole bottle // Each day I do this his water bottle comes home empty!
5. They get to choose at least 2 items for their lunch kit 
 And most days I send a little note personalized to each of them // I just use a recipe card that I get from the dollar store along with a sharpie that I keep in my junk drawer in the kitchen, again it is easy and adds a little sunshine to their day!
 Well That's all for today!  Let me know if any of you lovelies have any tricks up your sleeves for packing great school lunches...I'd love to know some of your tricks too!  

I'm off to go for my walk on this beautiful day then I'll be up to my eyeballs in alligators trying to make a cake for my nephew and prepare for Mother's Day. 
Hope you lovelies have a beautiful weekend and feel celebrated for the amazing job you do raising and loving on your littles! 



bari said...

i love this post, I am so obsessed with lunches! Asher won't eat sandwiches either but I find these little lunchboxes so handy for packing all of his things up. http://www.laptoplunches.com/

he usually gets some protein (beans, lentils or meat/cheese) maybe 2-3x a week leftovers of some sort and then i balance the rest with fresh or frozen fruits and veggies. maybe once a week he gets a treat - if i made mini carrot muffins or banana bread maybe TWICE in a week :) I also have to pack a mid morning snack which I try to make protein heavy since he often has cereal for breakfast. They aren't allowed to throw anything out either - if you send a cheese stick the wrapper comes home. I don't really worry about what he is eating or not eating, I just adjust accordingly if he doesn't finish something. These kids, one day they love carrots then they wont eat them for 2 weeks...I just rotate things in and out. hmmmm maybe I should do a lunch post too! I am obviously v passionate about it ;) I guess my #1 lunch tip is save every leftover and throw it in there. I've given him cut up pizza (cold and nasty but he loved it) 2 little spoonfuls of rice that no one would ever save and often the few pieces of broccoli floating around in the bowl at the end of dinner. it adds variety to the usual lunch rut.

Keri's Collage... said...

My tip.... bake granola bars, muffins or cookies, pre-wrap them and put them in the freezer right away. When it's time to make lunches, you can grab your frozen treats and pop them into the lunchbox. I always prefer to fill lunches with home-made treats and save the pre-packaged treats for Friday's only. Another thing is to make pizza buns (same as cinnamon buns but with sauce, cheese, meat rolled in) and freeze for lunches! Yum!

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