Avoid uneaten school lunches by involving the kids in the menu planning. Use this free printable lunch schedule to help you and the kids plan their lunches!
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My older kiddos went back to school this week and one of the in our home is lunches. I love food. I love cooking it and I love eating it. I don’t mind making the kids lunches in the mornings, but what I do mind is opening up a unicorn lunch box in the morning and finding uneaten food from the day (or days) before.
The excuses are usually along the lines of something like “I just had that yesterday” or “I decided to buy lunch” or “I didn’t like that sandwich.” (But you did like it last week!)
In order to decrease my frustrations and make sure that they eat a nutritious lunch, the kids and I decided that we would create a weekly lunch plan. Over the weekend, they fill out the printable lunch schedule saying what they want for each day of the school week. They know that they have to have something with protein, a fruit and vegetable and a snack. The drink is always water, in their reusable water bottles that they can fill up at school.
I like having the lists made up so that I know what to shop for ahead of time and can switch up their lunches so that they don’t get bored with their food. One kid wants a SunButter and raspberry jelly sandwich everyday, the other wants something different each day of the week. Basically, this lunch schedule is like a contract between the kids and myself. So far they have eaten the majority of their lunches and not one complaint. Granted, we are still in the first week of school, so we shall see.
I laminated the lists and the kids used dry erase markers to fill it out, so that it can be reused each week. It lives on the refrigerator so that I can get a quick glance when I make lunches in the mornings!
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