School’s back in session and like many parents, I’ve been searching for some more creative (but still healthy) alternatives that the kid will actually eat. And since I know a lot of my readers have similar problems, I’ve compiled a list of sites I found helpful. Now I’ll just have to find the extra time, to try some of them out.
How about you? How do you ensure a healthy variety, in your kids’ lunches?
It’s no secret that the kid is a picky eater. So, when it comes to making healthy school lunches he’ll enjoy, I have to have a bunch of ideas at my fingertips so I’m not scrambling around trying to pull things together.
I’ve put together a few ideas the kid loves. I’d bet your kids will as well!
Sandwich Roll Ups – I make these by spreading thin slices of lunch meat and cheese on a piece of flat pita bread, with a little miracle whip, mayo or mustard. I then wrap it up and add a pickle spear and chips, just like they do at a restaurant. The kid really gets a kick out of that.
Mini-subs – Instead of buying actual sub buns, I just take a hotdog bun and add all kinds of deli meats, cheeses, shredded lettuce, etc. I also pack a small container of dressing for him to pour on top when it’s time for him to eat.
Sandwich Shapes – To break up the monotony of the “plain old sandwich,” I use cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes. If you use small cookie cutters, you can make them bite sized.
Hot Foods in a Thermos – When I was younger, my mom would put leftover chili and/or soup in a thermos for my dad to take to lunch. How wonderful would it be for your son or daughter to open their lunchbox and have a hot lunch waiting for them? Throw in some crackers and celery/carrot sticks and you have a wonderfully filling lunch! And, don’t forget about macaroni & cheese!
I hope these ideas provide you some inspiration for your kid’s school lunches!
Got any ideas to add? Include them in the comments section below.
It’s that time of year again… Summer is ending and the kids are going back to school. Those three little words, “back to school,” introduce a whole new set of organization and scheduling woes for parents – me and the hubs included.
I decided to put together a post with some ideas to tackle the most prevalent organization and scheduling issues we have.
When I said, “I love to shop,” this is not what I had in mind.
Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be painful. All it takes is a little preparation to make it a much easier task.
Clothes: We just went back-to-school shopping for the kid, last weekend. I treated it like any other shopping trip (mainly grocery). Before we left, I took inventory of what he had. We had him try on everything, then put the things he couldn’t fit in a pile to be donated and the grimy, holey clothes in the trash. Then, we sat down and wrote out a list of the things he’d need throughout the school year. We’re talking pants, shirts, underwear, socks, etc. The only thing we didn’t get was his winter gear. We’re not sure if he’ll be able to fit what he has, so we’ll wait until the season is closer.
School Supplies: We’re lucky, because the school district gives parents a list of what to get the kids. The list for the kid was pretty easy to get together. Of course, I check to see what we had on-hand already. That brought the list to purchase down some.
Once we get the clothes and supplies home, the clothes get washed and put up, the school supplies get labeled and put in the backpack.
Early, busy, CRAZY mornings!
I don’t know about you, but between getting ourselves and the kid dressed – to getting breakfasts and lunches prepared – to making sure we all have what we need for the day – to getting out of the door on time, I mornings at our house are incredibly stressful. Add to all that a cranky kid, who is definitely NOT a morning person, and I’m surprised I make it out of the house, without pulling out all my hair!
Over the past year, I’ve come to realize that when I make preparations the night before, things go a lot more smoothly; you know: ironing the clothes, making the lunches, getting bags together, bathing the kid, etc. Also, because he’s is so hard to get up and going in the mornings, we’ve been trying to get the kid in bed at his “school year bedtime,” for the past few days. We want to make sure he’s somewhat acclimated to it, when school starts next week.
How do school mornings go your house? Are they hectic and stressful like mine, or are they peaceful and productive. If it’s the latter, let me know how you do it!
What the heck do I do, with all these darn papers?!
Another problem we have is homework, handout and project storage. I swear the kid brought home more stuff from last year, than I did my whole entire college career!
Right now, we have it all stored in a cardboard box, labeled by each school year. It works, and I could see us continuing doing this for each year of school, but it’s not very attractive. I’d really like to get a better (read: more aesthetically pleasing) system for this.
In my research for this post, I found a couple of ideas I like. Let me know what you think.
I swear, the kids’ calendar has more is busier than mine!
Since the kid is an only child, you’d think we didn’t have a lot of after school activities to worry about. And, you’re right – for the most part. Mainly, it’s just his sports activities. But, then you add field trips and birthday parties to the mix, and it can become a bit dicey. That’s why we keep a family calendar. We not only put his after school stuff on there, we put our after work items as well. That way we know if one of us won’t be able to pick him up, cook dinner, etc. I love the concept of our family calendar. I just have to get much better about putting everything on it.
We keep ours in the kitchen, where everyone goes – at least three times a day.
I’d love to hear from you! How do you stay organized during the back-to-school rush and the months that follow? Leave your tips in the comments section below.
School starts in less than a week…
Last year, my friend Tatanisha, over at A Worthey Read recently wrote an awesome post titled, “This school year, I promise to…” all about what she’s doing this school year to make sure her kids have a successful school year.
I really, really, really love this idea. So, I decided to do a similar post here on We Are the Glenns. My goals revolve around three categories: Schedules, Involvement and Homework.
I will create and stick to schedules for morning routines, as well as after-school routines. We often have a hard time getting out of the house on time – with minimal headaches – in the mornings. For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to create a schedule for us to stick to. I find, that with Dylan’s ADHD, schedules are super important when it comes to him staying on task. I plan on typing it up and posting it in his room and around the house so it’s always front of mind for him. I plan on doing the same for the after-school hours as well so bath and bed times aren’t such a struggle.
I will be more involved in school-parenting activities. Since I’m a full-time work-out-of-home mom, I can’t be involved in daytime activities like being a class mom and volunteering for field trips. However, I will volunteer in any evening and/or weekend activities I can.
I will make sure Dylan gets all his homework done – including what he needs to do over the weekend. My goal is to make sure he does his homework before anything else (except for an afterschool snack), and make sure the hubs or I check it ASAP, so he has time to make corrections. Also, since he has a bit of trouble with math, we’ll be getting him a tutor to help.
Despite it being more hectic, I’m actually looking forward to the school year. I can’t wait to put my goals into action.
Do you have any school-year goals for your kids and/or yourself? Let me know in the comments below.