I think we are on to something.
Gary, who typically is the one who packs the kids’ lunches for school when they chose cold instead of hot, was gone Sunday night when it was time to put the lunches together.
Because the kids often complain about what they get in their lunch, I told them all to get out their lunchboxes and to pick what they wanted in it. The guidelines are that the lunch has to include a protein and a fruit. They can fill the extras around that.
Grace, who is a little momma, told Lucas she would put his together based on what he wanted. She gave him choices and filled his lunchbox. She and Ben then did their own; he made himself a sandwich, and she grabbed string cheese. They both found a fruit and filled the rest with items of their choice. They loved being able to pack what they wanted and haven’t complained about doing it other days this week.
I don’t know why we didn’t think of this before. They are old enough and certainly quite capable of packing their lunch. It gives them some independence and decision-making.
The best part? If they don’t like their lunch, they have no one to blame but themselves!