Summer vacation has started at my house which means my kids are already uttering my very favorite sentences – “I’m bored.” and “I’m hungry.” They are not big fans of my answer to the first complaint (which is usually to give them a chore) but I think I have come up with a solution to the second that can make all of us reasonably happy. And it is truly the easiest thing I have ever done!
This morning around 10:00 I did this:
It took me about 3 minutes to slice up some red pepper (the baby carrots and snap peas were bagged and ready to go) and toss everything on a plate. I set out some hummus and the tray in the middle of the kitchen table and collected my children. I told them these healthy snacks were for them, I would leave it out all day and they were not UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES to ask me for a snack or tell me they were hungry.
And it’s working! They dug in right away and have continued to grab a carrot or pepper as they walk past. Nobody asked me, “When do we get lunch?” and I haven’t had to explain for the billionth time why candy is NOT a snack. I even snuck a few extra veggies into my diet today.
How do you other moms handle the “snack” trap?