How to Snack While the Kids Are at Home All Day
They think they are hungry; you know they are bored. This argument between kids and parents is as old as time, and as everything else in our lives goes to hell in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, none of us really want to get into a snack battle of desires. But in recent days, two very smart parents may have come up with a couple of creative solutions that the rest of us can benefit from.
Get it all now strategy
This idea came to us from the book Random Uncensored Thoughts on Facebook. Each child receives their own basket. Each basket contains daytime snacks for that child. Do you want to eat all this before 9 in the morning? Okay, but that’s all you get for the day, so think about how hungry you really are:
As a bonus strategy, they also put baby cups for the day in their baskets to reduce the amount of dirty cups that can accumulate towards the end of the day.
Turn a snack into a math lesson
I wish I could attribute this genius to its rightful owner, but last week it was posted on the COVID-19 and Keeping Kids Employed Facebook group. Would you like a snack? You have to pay for this – with money earned from academic work. And junk food is more expensive than healthy snacks:
I love it because they have some work to do anyway, they don’t have to do a lot of that to earn a healthy snack, but if they really want that lollipop, they can go deeper and speed up their learning. Plus math operations.
Snack battles are nothing new in the COVID-19 situation, so here are some more ideas from our archives that may help you now:
- Cultivate Healthy Habits With The Snack Drawer
- If family meals don’t work, grab a late night snack
- Instead, give your child who hates vegetables a frozen condiment
- Have a vegetarian happy hour before dinner so kids can eat more vegetables
And finally, there is no better time than now to just start feeding your baby lunch at 15:00.