Like most kids, my kids are constantly asking for something to eat. And like most parents, I was tired of having to stop what I was doing to fix them something to eat every 8.5 seconds. So I created a snack basket.
Please note there are affiliate links in this post. I will make a small commission, at no extra cost to you, if you decide to buy any of the products I have linked.
I was browsing pinterest one night and came across a few “life hacks” for parents post’s. One of the hacks was a system for kids packing their own lunches, I thought it was a great idea! Teaching kids to do things for themselves AND making parents life easier!
My kids are not at the lunch packing stage yet, but I thought about how a snack basket could work for us.
(I found some awesome Small Baskets to use for Snack Basket on Amazon, they have some great deals, so that you can make your own.)
The idea is: once a week I spend 30 or so minutes pre packing snack baggies full of the kids favorite snacks instead of fixing them something every time they are so hungry they just might fall over.
And let me tell you, it has been a huge sanity saver!
They both know they have to get approval for what they are picking to snack on, but I’m not having to stop what I am doing to get it for them.
And they feel like big kids! Win, win!
I find the cute character bags at the dollar store. The kids love them, they are the perfect size and easy to open for little fingers. (Here is a good deal from Amazon if you like to shop from home: Ziplock Snack Bags, 90 Count)
I try to switch up what I put in the basket every week, so the kids don’t get bored with what they are eating.
I would also like to say they have access to fresh fruit, veggies and cheese in the fridge. And my kids love their fruit and veggies. I have been very lucky in that sense. My kids will eat veggies anytime of the day and love them all. More than I even do. To paint you a picture, both my kids favorite veggie is broccoli!
Mom’s, this has made a huge impact on our daily lives. I strongly suggest using the snack basket system!
Not only are you making your life easier, but your also teaching your kids some independence.
Include the kids in the process of building your snack basket, too! My kids love to help me do anything, and this is no exception!
Do you have any “parent hacks” that you use to make your life easier? I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment!
P.S. Don’t forget to check me out on pinterest! I have a board all about making mommy’s life easier!