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I have 7 kids ranging from 14 years down to 7 years. We have started getting our kids to all pack their own lunch boxes to give me one less thing to do in the evening. Mostly this is working well but recently the teacher of our youngest contacted us to say that she had been coming to school with a poorly packed lunch box. She complained that she had packed too many ‘snack foods’ and the fruit she did take was bruised and not edible. We have plenty of food choices in the house so that is not the issue. I think she just rushes and throws a few things in without thinking too much about it.
Is our 7 year old too young for this task? Are we expecting too much for her at this age?
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This is a really great idea! I don't think that 7 is too young at all, My 5 and 7 year old can pack their own lunch and snack boxes, I just monitor it.
We have a "snack cabinet" that is purposely in reach for my kids. If you set a parameter like "you can pack two snacks, one fruit, one vegetable, and one protein", it might be helpful. This has helped my kids learn the different parts of the food pyramid. You could even print out a little guideline and leave it on the fridge (or a copy of the food pyramid!). Balance is key and it's a matter of how you explain it to your littles.
Its's also about how you set it up for them. If you have a big 1# block of cheese, the kids obviously will not be able to divide that up appropriately for their snacks. I clean and prep produce, cheese, etc. and put them in easily accessible containers in the fridge. It is more work on the front end, but does save time during the week.