Rounding up the summer, relishing in the last few weekends, and scheduling that last beach trip are all signs that the newest school year is fast approaching.
Picking up uniforms, textbooks, and dusting off the backpacks and lunch boxes are just some of the things that parents are doing to prepare for a hybrid and face-to-face school year. Preparing for another school year means dotting our i’s, crossing our t’s, and remembering that the baon we pack for our children can strengthen their immune system, keep them happy during the day, and of course provide sustenance and support for the learning that needs to take place.
Here are some tips and tricks from mommy bloggers and foodie influencers that work for kids of all ages:
Ginger Arboleda may be homeschooling her daughter Zeeka who is nine years old this year, but her practical advice reminds us what to include in a lunch box in order to get ready for meals and snacks. Including a list of hygiene reminders on a Post-it or a lunch note sets the tone for cleanliness while noshing.
Create a hygiene kit that includes extra child-sized masks, wet wipes, and alcohol to encourage your school-age kids to wash up and sanitize before handling their own food.
Prepare the night before
Printing out their color-coded schedule and taping it next to their closet door encourages your big kids to get dressed on their own. “Discerning if it is time to wear their regular uniform or PE uniform is one less thing I need to worry about for my children,” shares entrepreneur and mom of two Cheryl Sy.
Students who lay out their uniforms or pack their backpacks the night before, leave for a more relaxed morning instead of a mad dash to the car or bus. And when packing their lunch boxes and snacks, it’s even more important to get kids involved. Heeding food requests and snacks ensures that kids will be more likely to finish what is packed in their Yumbox. These requests can even be incorporated into the meal plan for the week and added to the weekly grocery delivery to make things more streamlined.
One of the first things that educators learn is to provide options for students that are all within goal-setting objectives. So if you would like your child to eat more fruit, the options that you provide for your child to make a choice can include three different fruits. It doesn’t matter which one they choose, because the objective will already be met by offering the fruit!
And of course, if you would like to create a graphic like Teacher Iam has, it is even easier to pin up on the fridge, so everyone knows what her eight-year-old daughter Himig would like to include in her snack box daily.
Starting little ones early in their baon adventures is an important aspect of their educational experience. Sabrina Go has both a teen and a toddler to pack snacks for, and she believes that preparing her son Savi for playgroup can be done through a series of conversations about listening well to the teacher, exhibiting how sharing is caring, and building up excitement for each session they will attend together.
Sharing what she packed for Savi in his snack box also prompts the anticipation of snack time!
Boxes, canisters, and more
Packing lunch in proper containers is a must. Utilizing tubs, boxes, and insulated food jars for soups and ulam that are messy is the key to keeping things hot and neat. Having different containers for sandwiches and cold lunches can also keep snack items separate while making sure flavors don’t mix for picky eaters.
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Stocking fruit and healthy snacks
With the ease of ordering groceries online and the proliferation of healthy local snacks from mommas who want to provide variety for mindful families to enjoy, stocking fruit and crackers that are hand-held and easy to eat are perfect for the lunchboxes.
Fun food that builds immunity
When packing snacks and lunches for days away from home, making them fun is only second to making sure your child’s nutritional needs are being met.
Including citrus, cruciferous vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, and even Greek yogurt are all great ways for kids to get vitamins and minerals essential to brain development and health.
Limiting processed sugar and focusing on what will aid your child throughout the day will provide more opportunities for learning as we send them off to school once again. – Rappler.com