Solution To Kids Eating All Day While Home From School

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The coronavirus outbreak has changed the daily lives of many Americans, especially those with children in the home.

With many schools closed for the remainder of the academic year, parents are having to adjust more than their schedules.

Grocery bills are rising at a time average citizens need to be saving money because kids want to use their newfound freedom on snacking- but there is hope you can keep your pockets and pantry stocked with one mom’s smart trick.

After news first got out about schools, businesses, and organizations closing their doors to fight the spread of the coronavirus, people swarmed to the grocery store to stock up on essential (and some non-essential) items.

The first thing to disappear off the shelves around the nation was toilet paper.

But now that you are stocked for no less than three apocalyptic episodes, you have to worry about your kids eating you out of house and home before you get a chance to make a dent in your personal paper product supply.

Indiana mom of three, Jennifer Hallstrom faced such a dilemma, but figured out how to control the feeding frenzies in a healthy way.

For her 11, 7, and 2-year-old she posted on Facebook the solution:

Each child has their own colored basket. In the morning, I put their snacks in it for the day, when those snacks are gone they don’t get any more. It makes them stop and think do I really need a snack? I also put their cup for the day in there because I’m not washing 50 cups a day! Hahaha!”

This is smart on so many levels!

Not only does it ration food in an appropriate and tidy way, it empowers the child to make healthy eating choices on their own.

When they are hungry near bedtime but decided to eat all their snacks while watching a television show earlier in the day, they will have natural consequences, as Mommy Underground has previously reported on, to contend with.

 

It won’t be mommy’s fault for once!

And we all have watched as kids run in from playing outside, grab a new cup for water, and throw it in the sink when their clean water cup from breakfast is still sitting on the table.

Staying on top of homeschooling, housework, and personal hygiene is nearly an impossible trifecta of responsibility, lets not add a thousand water cups to the pile.

Parents loved Hallstrom’s idea on Facebook, earning her over 312,000 shares and more than 201,000 reactions.

Then there were those trolling moms on Facebook who seemingly spend their day looking for other moms to judge who apparently slammed Hallstrom for starving her children by supplying a limited number of snacks in a day.

Hallstrom was forced to edit her original post to include:

I didn’t think I had to say this, but my children eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are well-fed, and I don’t starve them. Sad I even have to say that. Also, in no way, shape, or form am I fat shaming my children.

While some parents have an unlimited snack fund, most families have budgets that include a fixed grocery bill.

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In homes where children were dependent on school food programs, this is even more of a reality.

It is perfectly appropriate for children to have limits when it comes to eating.

In fact, they depend on their parents to set boundaries to keep them safe and healthy.

Try setting color-coded baskets out for your children with a selection of unprocessed, low-sugar snacks for the day that include complex carbohydrates and fruits and vegetable so they are satiated between regular meals.

On days where above average activity occurs, or if you notice a trend of a child being hungry throughout the day, go ahead and add additional options like a bag of nuts or edamame to replace the lost energy.

You can always refer to eatright.org where the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics gives details on when to snack and how much to provide for growing children of all ages.

Snacking is an essential part of childhood, but it doesn’t have to be your demise.

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