Tuesday, October 21, 2008

WFMW - Snacktime


In a home with four pre-schoolers, someone is always asking for something to eat. If I had a dime for every time I hear "Mom I'm hungry" in any given day I would gross about $474.50 a year. Which would be a nice little Christmas bonus, come to think of it.

And if I gave my kids food every time I heard them say it, we would be invited to go on Honey, We're Killing the Kids, which has never been one of my top maternal goals.

Therefore, snacks are very structured in this home. We eat snack at 10am and 3pm. Period. Hungry whining - which often commences about five minutes following completion of any regular meal - is met with, Snack is at 10am or 3pm. Until then you may have a glass of water. Occasionally followed up with an, I'm terribly sorry you didn't eat all your oatmeal at breakfast. Perhaps if you hadn't wasted it, you wouldn't be so hungry now. Tsk tsk.

I know. I'm so hard core.

Once the clock strikes snack, the children open the refrigerator and help themselves to the Kids' Snack Drawer - it actually has a label - which is full of self-sufficient healthy snacks such as yogurt, apples, pears, string cheese, and unsweetened applesauce, or if GG has visited recently, pudding cups chock full of sugar, dyes and delicious chemicals. All three of the kids then get their own spoons, fill up their own cups with their own water, and sit at the table to feed their own selves. Thereby enabling me to remain seated on the couch popping my bonbons whilst watching Judge Judy. Or whatever it is I do all day.

Works for me.

More WFMW at Rocks in my Dryer.

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27 comments:

  1. wow. and to think that jade's snacks consist of whatever she dropped from her high chair at the previous meal and came back for later.

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  2. Great idea! I can't wait till my kids are old enough to get there own snacks. My two year old is learning to wipe her hands, wipe up her table, and put her plate into the sink though!

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  3. Great ideas...both the structured snacktimes and the snack drawer. I'm going to try this with my three year old sweetie to see if it will help curb the "I'm Hungries."

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  4. GREAT idea! I'm totally planning on doing this. I love the idea of structured snack time, and having a specific area with what they are allowed is a great idea too! Thanks!

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  5. Now that is a great idea! You will be my snacktime hero and if the kids whine I can tell them Hero Missy is making me do it!

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  6. hey when did you start this routine. I would like to but mine seems so little.

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  7. thats a great idea!!! i think i'm going to try it and see if my kids will stop bugging me for snacks all day.

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  8. I LOOOVE this idea. Thanks for sharing! I'm totally doing this!!

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  9. I'm all about the labels! Gotta love that!

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  10. Love it....think my 3 month old is too young to start? Kidding of course but I do like the idea for when they are older

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  11. I had no idea you had become so ORGANIZED!

    Congrats.

    I am not quite that good but am working on a "snack drawer", from which they can choose their school snacks and pack for themselves. Now, if I can just get them to sandwich-making level....

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  12. You're so right! about the "christmas bonus" and the trying for healthy snacks. :-) yogurt is a great snack. :-)

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  13. I do the idea of structured snack times as well. It works wonders! Along with you fit Friday's I am trying to keep myself to the same snack times and the same snacks that I offer my children. I offer them healthy snacks... yogurt, applesauce, string cheese etc., but then I tend to have cookies, candy or something along those lines for my snacks, and much more frequently than 10 and 3.

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  14. What a great tip! Found you via Rocks In My Dryer. Glad I did!

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  15. Brilliant.

    That's all I have to say.

    Maybe I need to do this for myself.
    That could help take off the baby weight.


    Thanks for the tip

    -Coco

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  16. Quite similar in our house in Ireland. Only here they must have a piece of fruit, and then they are allowed a plainer biscuits which they have access too. The "treat" cupboard is off-limits during the week.

    Our times would be 10.30 if they are not at school, and just after school at 3.15.

    Yoghurts I have been keeping until after meals, but maybe I need to re-consider that.

    It all sounds quite draconian but it works for us too!

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  17. I have a snack basket in the pantry for crackers etc... but I never thought of devoting a drawer in the fridge to snacks. Love this!

    (And I am so glad to see labels on your drawers... my husband cracked up when I labeled a section of the fridge "leftovers", but I do love my label-maker!!)

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  18. I know a lot of people say LOL when they're not actually laughing out loud. But I really did laugh out loud about staying on the couch eating bonbons while watching Judge Judy. That's awesome. So . . . LOL!!

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  19. I've never heard anyone else say this, so I know it sounds weird, but I have the opposite problem.

    Asher never NEVER asks for food. Occasionally he'll ask for something to drink, and if you asks him want he wants he'll say "Coke!" (which he's had once in his entire life, but has never forgotten). But even when he's hungry, he doesn't ask to eat. And he doesn't have any automatic clues that he is hungry, either. I'm not sure if his little body is just programmed so that he gets hungry about the same time we eat (because, like you, we eat at the same time every day), or what.

    I do have a snack cannister, though, alongside the coffee and sugar. It has things that I can grab quickly (like raisins), mostly so I remember to pack him a snack in the diaper bag. The crisper for cold snacks is a good idea too.

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  20. Great idea! I love how the drawer is even labeled!

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  21. Thanks for sharing this. I am totally going to try it.

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  22. YOU are one smart mom! Keep up the good work and order more bonbons!;)

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  23. We eat breakfast at about 7, lunch at noon, and dinner at 5, although I have been pushing that later recently, so they might get another small snack at 4:30 if I know dinner is going to be late.

    They don't go more than 2-3 hours w/out food.

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  24. Brilliant. I made an attempt at this a couple years ago, but the container I designated in the fridge is no longer big enough to feed a 4 & 7 year old snacks for a week.

    Repurposing the crisper drawer is smart. All I have to do is get the moldy produce out first. ;)

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  25. We do this too - yogurt, string cheese, apples and grapes. Have at it, I say! Great idea!

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