I take no credit for this brilliant piece of problem solving. This comes from one of my long time clients, who is the mom of a blonde, blue eyed triple threat we like to call "Team World Domination". Needless to say, her days are long, and we work together on minimizing the opportunities for power struggles in her daily routine. One of those frequent power plays was about every 30 minutes...
Mom I'm hungry I wanna snack!
You just had breakfast. Like 25 minutes ago.
I know but I'm hunnnnnnngryyyyyy!
Well, do you want more oatmeal?
Glass of milk?
No! Fruit snacks!!
Uh no buddy. It's 8:30 in the morning.
I don't care.
I know but I do. How about something healthy? Apple slices?
Can you imagine going through this hostage negotiation every hour times 3 kids? I'll bet you can. Vividly. All this mom wants to do is leave her kitchen for more than 20 minutes at a time! And what is she, a snack mind reader?!?
So she invested a whole $10 and bought 3 of these babies...
Each morning, while the kids are eating breakfast, she packs each child's box with their snack rations FOR THE WHOLE DAY. Then she puts them on a low shelf in the pantry and moves on with life. When a child approaches her for a snack, she just directs them to their box. Here are the basic rules:
- Boxes are available at 9am.
- Once your box is empty, you are done with snacks for the day.
- No trading with siblings
- No asking to swap out for something different
- The boxes must be put away on their pantry shelf in between uses.
Here is an example of a day's snack box.. Her children are all under 6, so pack accordingly to age and appetite.
That's it! A little bit of prep in the morning and she has outwitted the snack monster! Great job, Julie!