The first day of school is so exciting. Remember when you were a kid how good it felt to know that the next report card was still a completely blank slate? That all the opportunities to do well laid still ahead for you to grab?
As parents, we still anticipate the new school year with great expectations – mixed with some anxieties. Will she make new friends? Will he do well in math again? Will she make the school soccer team? Will his new teacher challenge him enough?
So, when it comes to providing healthy foods for our kids, how well will we do as parents in the new school year? How long will our good intentions last to send them off with a nutritious breakfast in their tummies every day so they can be fueled with energy throughout the morning? How many wholesome school lunches will we make from scratch before convenience outlasts our healthy lunch plan and we resort to buying the high processed single pack snacks from the “Lunch Box” aisle at Super Target?
We get involved in our children’s learning. Naturally. We love them and want them to do well. So how about this for the new school year? You, in return, let your kids get involved in planning their school lunches – so you won’t slip off. It’s only fair, isn’t it? Make one trip to the grocery store with them to shop only for their school lunches, nothing else. Just to keep it short and sane. Read the labels together and discuss with them why you buy these granola bars but not those. Give them choices. You come up the five main lunch items, veggies or fruits and desserts, but they get to decide the combinations for each day of the week.
Tell us about your best intentions for the next school year in the comment section!