My kids are at home for the summer! I love having them around; they are truly some of my favorite people in the world. But after a few days of more snacking, granola bar wrappers laying under the trampoline and tons for dishes, I knew we need to have a bit more structure so that I didn’t go crazy.
I decided that at eight and nearly ten years old, they should be more independent in the kitchen. They will happily eat an entire box of cereal between 6:00 and 10:00 am. Ugh. So much cereal and so much milk. So much waste and not much nutritional value. I decided to put some guidelines for eating in our home.
I first decided when the kitchen would be open for meals and snacking. Everyday is different, so we need flexibility. I also wanted to make lists of foods that my boys already knew how to make or could learn quickly. This is the list that is posted on the fridge:
- Pancakes or waffles
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
- Turkey or ham sandwich
- Ramen noodles
- Mac and cheese
- Granola bar
- Veggies with dip
Summer Treats – Ask for permission
- Ice cream
- Extra snacks
Clean up and throw away any wrappers!
See that little note at the end?! That’s the best part! They need to clean up after themselves! I still do the majority of the dish washing since our dishwasher isn’t working. Adam would like the boys to do more chores, but it isn’t something I have enforced yet. Stay tuned, I’m sure I will be starting this process more in the coming weeks.
So far this new policy and schedule is working great! My boys have been known to go into the fridge and eat all of the noodles or rice from the previous evening meal. They leave a mess, do not eat as well at the following meal and are not learning healthy eating habits.
What do you think? Would a posted schedule help your family eat healthier? Would it help you limit the snacking in your home? Give it a try and let me know what you think! Here’s the one I made and you can change it to fit your life.