Your alarm goes off and after hitting snooze three times, you roll out of bed to realize you are late. You still have to get your kids ready, get yourself ready, make breakfast, pack lunches, and somehow make time for coffee. Does this sound like a typical morning? We’ve been there.
Packing lunches for your kids is a chore that must be done, but don’t you wish there was a way to make this task easier? Well, at least less time consuming during your hectic and rushed mornings. So today is your lucky day, LifeSquire is here to give you tips and tricks to make this necessary chore easier.
Make use of leftovers
You cooked that delicious dinner, so don’t let it go to waste. Use your leftovers to create easy to pack lunches for the next day.
Ask the kids
If you find the lunch boxes coming home full of food, chances are your kids aren’t enjoying their meals. Asking what they would in their lunches could help in the long run. They may tell you ten things they like to eat, but this will give an idea that they enjoy a variety of foods. If they tell you one or two things they like, then maybe they just need more of two basic foods.
Remember the days of getting the lunch calendar at school? You remember how excited you were on pizza day? Well, you can still bring your kids that joy by making your own lunch calendar. This will help you keep on track, and give them lunches to look forward to.
Stop the browning
If you child prefers sliced apples, you can keep them from browning after slicing by using a rubber band to hold the apple together.
Keep it chill
It is important that lunches stay cool, but instead of purchasing expensive ice packs, there are alternatives. You child will need a drink with lunch, so consider saving room in the lunch pail by freezing the drinks and letting them thaw until lunch time. Alternatively, you can freeze a wet sponge in a sandwich bag to use as an ice pack also.
Let them pick
Pre-package snacks and put them into a plastic container in the fridge. When it is time to pack the lunch, let the kids decide what snacks they want to take. A variety of options and the chance to decide will keep the kids happy and healthy.
Jazz it up
Kids love fun shapes. If your child is a picky eater and doesn’t want to eat what you provide, use cookie cutters to turn their lunches into a work of art. They may be more apt to trying new things if it is in the form of a fun shape.
Make lunches at night
Finally, consider making lunches before bed instead of early in the morning. Your time is often short, you are running around trying to get yourself and your kids ready, and you never know what you may face when the sun rises. Instead of potentially having to hand out lunch money, get those lunches packed before bed to make your mornings a little smoother.
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If you don’t have time to do the meal planning or lunch packing, let LifeSquire personal assistants do the job. We will make sure your coffee pot is set, so you’ll have rich caffeinated goodness in the morning.
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Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist