I’M REGULARLY CONTACTED BY ANXIOUS MUMS OF KINDY OR PREP KIDS WHO “WON’T EAT AT SCHOOL”. SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE SOME OF MY IDEAS FOR PREPARING YOUR TODDLER TO BE ‘LUNCHBOX READY’. THE DAY THEY START SCHOOL WILL COME AROUND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, SO HERE
to understand that the industrialisation and commercialisation of our food chain has a with the peer pressure to conform to the processed food norm, convincing your kids such a shame that whole food lunchboxes are One thing I’ve noticed from consulting with patients and conversing online is that many kids who are generally not too fussy, become fussy when it’s time for them to eat independently (surrounded by classroom distractions) from a preparing your toddler to be lunchbox ready, which will make your life immeasurably easier come time that they start kindy or school.
If when you are out and you feed your going to expect their lunchboxes to be full of when they start school. When my kids were little, in a container when we were out for the day, so the time came. When you are out and about, start packing a small lunchbox of the sorts of things you want them to eat. Decide on what style of lunch containers suits best (lots of individual containers or a bento-style box) and if possible allow them start talking to them about the order they should eat foods. I taught my kids from an early age that the cut-up fruit and certain vegetables were best they ignored me and then found that say a piece of cut-up fruit wasn’t so appealing when they went to eat it later in the day, I would again and learn!
GET THEM USED TO EATING COLD LEFTOVERS
One of the ways I make my lunches easy to make and really nourishing is to work with leftovers access to facilities to heat food, they will need to in winter to send some warm lunches, but mostly my kids eat everything cold. I don’t and never have microwaved my kids’ foods, so unless I had time when they were little to heat it on the stovetop or oven, they ate it cold and I now know, this has helped them to eat anything that school, just because they aren’t used to raw or sending their kids with cold meat or leftovers, but trust me, this is way better than sending them which is really important nutritionally and also to keep them interested in eating well at school.
NO SURPRISES AND SET BOUNDARIES
Food boundaries and guidelines are really important, even when it come to eating from a on a weekend instead. I have set boundaries, even when they were little, that I expect them to eat what I pack. I don’t force them to eat something that’s gone them used to eating what you’ve packed, so you won’t be doing them or yourself any favours if you jump to get them something else if they show displeasure as to what’s in them to eat anything, rather talk to them about what’s in their lunch as you pack it and cucumber today? My kids always, even to this day, like to look at their lunch before they put it in their bag.
OFFER A VARIETY OF FOODS
My kids get really bored if I feed them the same thing over and over again. Variety in their lunchbox not only keeps them interested, it also possible. Feeding them the same things over and over really limits their potential to be truly be constrained by fruit and a plain sandwich.
GET THEM INVOLVED
Kids are always more likely to eat what’s in their lunchbox if they’ve had some say or involvement in making it. Even if it’s as simple as directing little ones to pack the fruit from the chopping complicated. I hope this post gives you a few ideas to implement before school comes around for your toddler. It is always best to prevent rather than ready to tackle this next phase of your child’s development.
Words: Georgia Harding