Ok, let me be honest. I’m not a morning person. I need atleast two cups of coffee and silence for a good hour before I start functioning for my day ahead. As of today, both of my kids are officially back into school which means the dreaded talk about you know what… LUNCH. I’ve tried to get one of my two to buy for years. I might have even begged at one point, but the answer was always no. She loves to bring her lunch each and every day. I don’t even get a pass on Friday’s. So are you seeing how me not being a morning person and having the dreadful everyday “what do you want for lunch” conversation in the morning could be catastrophic for my household? Over the years, I’ve created the simplest ways to ease the burden of morning lunch talk. Below are my 3 go-to extremely easy back to school lunch tips that have helped me immensely.
If your kids are anything like mine, unless a snack is looking at them dead in the face, they don’t see it. I’ve had so many snacks get piled into my pantry tucked behind that no one ever “sees” therefore they never get eaten. I have a very narrow, yet deep pantry so my solution was to use trays or baskets to put their snacks in. Instead of all the snacks getting lost and stuck behind, they can simply pull the tray out and see all the snacks of the week right there. If you have little kids, you can pre package their snacks here in little zip lock baggies. I used to do that but eventually realized they needed to gain some independence and can put their goldfish into a baggie on their own. Geez, I can’t baby forever. So, put your snacks on a pullable tray or in a basket and see if it helps you!
Another one of my simple tips is to use any type of clear container for the refrigerator. In here I’ll keep anything that they can grab and go for lunches or practices that need to be kept cold. They know right where to look and it just avoids the “we have no snacks” comments from the peanut gallery. It’s also a good reminder for me to always see how low we are getting and what I need to purchase.
My last tip is to help keep all my actual silverware in my house. I used to lose forks and spoons weekly and could never figure out why. Well, yogurts and real spoons would go to school and the spoon would never come back. (insert eye roll emoji) Now, I just take the cookout silverware holder that I have and put it right on the counter. I fill it with spoons, forks, straws and napkins for them to toss what they need into their lunch boxes.
I get it, theses are super easy tips but they have helped me immensely. These back to school lunch tips are sure to ease the morning burden and getting you to enjoy your cup of coffee a little bit more! I hope they helped!