So what is the thing I want your input on? Snack time for the children. Son One rides the child roller coaster of feast and famine. Probably sounds familiar to some other mothers out there. Some weeks, he is a bottomless pit and others, he is a complete beast about eating. I don't get too worried about one or the other because they are constantly changing. They seem to make up for each other.
so he can relate the snacks to eating.
During Jack's feasting seasons, he wants to snack all the time. My solution is what we call snack bags. In the pantry is a box of little ziploc bags of snacks. Pretzel, crackers, dried fruit, nuts- whatever is in the pantry at the time. I put a little of each into a bag and put the bags in the box. The box is kept at his level, so he can get a bag when he is hungry. When I first implemented the snack bags, we had a little meeting and I explained to him what the bags were and what the plan was with them. The rule is that if he gets a bag, he has to eat everything in it. I also like snack bags for snacks on the go. I can grab a bag if we are leaving the house and he can eat in the car or at the park.
So fess up. What are your ideas? What works for your children? Here are a few ideas I have found around the internet:
Muffin tin snacks by O.C. Mormon Mommy
Snack plate by Hartmanation