Posting lunch and snack options
This seems especially critical now, in the midst of summer. Are your kids asking you a bajillion questions each day, or is this something unique to my house? (Even more when you are a work at home mom!!) Well, to avoid question after question try having a list located in your kitchen that has ideas for lunch and snacks for the day. It will save your sanity -especially if you have older children who can fend for themselves.
You can create a master list and post it, but you can also have a whiteboard (love this one I found on amazon!) located on your refrigerator and list the items specific to that day. If you have left over grilled chicken that you know can be eaten, then you list ideas specific to that. Or fresh watermelon that was cut the day before, add that to the list.
My kids know that anything listed on the snack list can be accessed without having to ask permission from me. This creates independence, problem solving skills and self-direction, all which are critical to your child’s ability to grow. If they are hungry they can solve the issue instead of seeking me out to solve it for them.
We’ve also had fun making some of the snacks and lunch ideas from the Confident Mom Summer Survival Calendar – those are always a hit!
What summer lunch ideas are standard in your home?