Part of getting into the back-to-school swing is having everything and everyone ready and out the door on time each morning. That challenge is met much more easily when everyone does their part. School lunches are one area where the sooner the child becomes independent, the easier everyone’s life becomes. And as with other areas of independence, packing their own lunches helps kids problem solve and build confidence. Even young elementary students can pack their own lunches with a little guidance. Here are a few tips to shift the lunch making task from parent to child.
Your kiddos may not pack the same quality lunches that you would pack for them. If your child has packed a PB&J every day for weeks, don’t sweat it. Make sure they have variety and balance in their other meals each day, and they’ll be fine. And remember: They are learning self-reliance and confidence by doing it independently — their way.
For more inspiration, see 100 Lunch Box Ideas, from the Real Mom Nutrition blog, and Rock the Lunch Box, a resource site created by four organic foods companies. And share your school lunch ideas with us on Facebook!