Packing a lunch for your kids isn’t a cinch. After all, providing children with a nutritious and well-balanced lunch, that interests them, is a huge responsibility. But have you ever thought of sharing this duty with your kid? Have you ever asked them to pack their lunch?
A survey reports that the more children are interested in packing their lunches, the more likely they are to eat them. Note that packing their lunches doesn’t mean that kids can choose the lunch items on their own. If this would be the case, every lunch box will be filled with junk food and every water bottle will be full of sodas!
A standard and balanced lunch box includes the following essentials;
- Fruit (one part)
- Vegetables (one part)
- Foods rich in proteins (two parts)
- Whole grains (one part)
Kids don’t always know what’s good for them. However, a little coaching and guidance can help them to figure out things. Parents should teach their children about the concept of a healthy diet. They must provide the kids with the list of school-safe and lunch-approved foods and encourage them to pack whatever they like.
To make it a little easier for you, we bring some tips that can guide you about teaching your kids to pack their lunch. So, let’s begin.
Make the Right Food Available
Children can only pack the stuff you provide them with. So, the first thing to do is to provide your kid with the right food items. The word “right” refers to healthy foods that can provide your child with adequate nutrients. Try taking them to the grocery store and work together to look for healthy options.
Set Up a Lunch-Making Station
In your kitchen, set up a lunch area where you keep all the items required for lunch-making. For example, you can set aside a cabinet and keep the lunchboxes, plastic wraps, water bottles, spoons, forks, and napkins in it. Try to keep the food items, specific for the lunch, on the shelf above the cabinet or in the nearby fridge, etc. The biggest help it will do is that your kids won’t mess up the whole kitchen!
Teach Your Kids the Importance of Every Food Item
Whatever you have brought from the grocery store, display it before your children. Tell them, as much as you can, about every item. Tell them how a specific food item can help them with their growth. What is good for their bones, brain, muscles, or general well-being, etc?
Let Them Choose
Now that you’ve provided them with enough information about every food item, let them choose on their own. This little freedom might lead to occasional mistakes but remember it’s a part of their learning. Let them choose, let them learn. One thing you can do is to make a chart about different food combinations that can satisfy their daily nutrient requirements.
Remember, lunch-packing is a great learning opportunity for kids. It is a guiding step for them toward self-sufficiency. As a parent, you must be supportive and provide them with sincere guidance so that they can choose the best!