Have you ever lovingly packed a nourishing lunch for your child, only to have it come home a jumbled, slightly nibbled on mess? Maybe it's time to teach your children to pack their own lunch, freeing you to tend to the multitude of other things it takes to get out the door in the morning. Not only will it make life easier for you, your child will feel empowered that he or she is doing an "adult job". Here are a few tips that we here at MMH find make for an smooth morning exit once school begins.
Teach your children to include one high protein item: like peanut butter, leftover meats, cheese or yogurt, and two side dishes. Make a rule that at least one must be a fruit or vegetable. Children are more likely to eat food they choose.
Keep foods and lunch items low in the cupboard and fridge for your children to easily reach them.
Ask for their input on the shopping list, then as your budget allows, provide a bit of variety by buying their favorite healthy choices.
Avoid the last minute search for shoes, books, and that favorite jacket by having your children help you make sure these are in place the night before.
Joy in the morning. Tired children are grumpy children. A regular bedtime that allows for 7-9 hours of sleep isn't something to bend the rules on. Sticking to it will pay off.
With a bit of consistency these can become simple habits that make mornings work!