Today, we’re taking on a back-to-school subject – packing lunches, and specifically whether or not your child should be independently packing their own lunch. The idea of letting your kids pack their own lunch might sound like too much freedom at first but stick with me here.
I’m going to provide you with some tips to encourage your kids to make the right choices in packing their own lunch. This is something I had to do around the time I entered high school. Packing lunches is a true labor of love and I’m lucky enough to have time to do it for my kids, but having kids pack their own lunch regularly, or even occasionally, will help them better understand how to make food decisions.“When you say ‘What do you want to put in your lunchbox?,’ it's too open-ended and you’re going to lose the whole mojo behind guiding your child to make nutritious choices.” Click To Tweet
I also have a free lunch-packing system for you to download, giving you and your child the best chance at making this a functional change. Take a look at the resources listed below for some literature to refer to throughout this process.
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What You’ll Learn from this Episode:
- Why I believe it is worth making an attempt to help your kids pack their own lunch.
- What you can do to assist your kids.
- How this exposure can help your child develop.
- Why even older kids require guidelines.
- How you can make this process easier by planning ahead.
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Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: August 30, 2018
Updated on: September 21, 2019