School morning can be extremely stressful. You have to get everyone up, fed, dressed, and out the door on time. You need to keep track of everyone’s school schedule so you know when physical education uniforms are needed and library books are due. Plus there are school lunches to deal with. If your child doesn’t buy lunch on a regular basis, then these tips for making school lunches easier will really help you out.
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Making School Lunches Easier
If you are anything like me, you don’t really enjoy packing school lunches five days a week for nine months out of the year. These five tips make things much easier and less stressful!
1. Make a List and Go Shopping
It’s always better to grocery shop with a list. Try to make a list of everything you might need for school lunches for the entire week. Deli items, breads, produces, drinks, snacks. Whatever your child will be eating for the upcoming week. This way you won’t need to run to the store mid-week because you forgot something.
2. Prep What You Can As Soon As You Can
Sometime soon after your grocery shopping trip, prep as much as you can for the upcoming week. Wash and dry produce, like apples, grapes, and carrots. Put single serving sizes of produce items and snack items into baggies or small containers. This way, when it is time to pack lunches, you can easily grab what you need.
3. Pack Lunches the Night Before
School mornings can be busy and not always the perfect time to have to worry about packing lunches. Try packing them the night before. You can keep cold items in the fridge and have everything else sitting in the lunch box or bag ready to go. Then all you have to do is grab the cold items and add them to the lunches in the morning.
4. Clean Lunch Boxes As Soon As The Kids Get Home
The last thing you want to deal with in the morning is a stinky lunch box. It’s amazing what kids bring home uneaten from their lunches. It’s best to take care of those sticky, stinky messes right away.
5. Get Your Kids Involved
Depending on how old your kids are, they may be able to help with everything on this list. They can help you create your grocery list and go shopping. They can help make baggies of snacks and get out what they want the night before. They can put things in their lunch box in the morning and help dump it out after school.
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