By Tiffany McAvoy
I pack lunches for my daughters every day. I know it would make sense to do it the night before, but this is usually how it goes:
As we are rushing into the car, Abby will say, “Where’s my lunch?”
I have to run inside and throw things in their lunch boxes. It’s ridiculous how many times Tori has gotten two sandwiches and Abby doesn’t get one.
Once I even put an empty can into a lunchbox and threw the plastic container of food into the recycling.
I knew something had to change. I decided that the girls would be responsible for packing their own lunches the night before.
I decided to come up with an organization method to help them decide what to pack and make healthy choices.
We start with three containers:
Entrees: Soup, ravioli, mac and cheese, tuna fish, sandwiches, leftovers or salad. They pick one of these entrees.
Snack food: Chips, cookies, beef jerky, fruit roll-ups, etc. They pick one of these snacks.
Healthy snacks: Individual bags of veggies, fruits, olives, cheese sticks and yogurt. They pick three of these healthier foods.
This one small change has really saved a lot of time and stress for me.
It also gives my kids ownership and responsibility in making healthy food choices that hopefully they will carry with them in life.