12/02/2008

Works for Me Wednesday: Can I Have a Snack

I am pulling one of my favorite tips out of my archives for Works for Me Wednesday!!


Last summer I instituted a new snack rule in our house. (I was about to poke my eyes out if I had to hear 'can I have a snack' one more time). It worked beautifully and saved my eyesight so that I can still look lovingly on my children as they sleep!

When my kids are going to be home all day (weekends, school holidays, vacation) we eat breakfast and then pick out our snacks for the day. They get three healthy snacks and one 'treat'. They pick them out, help me prepare them (wash fruit, peel veggies, etc.). We then put them in individual containers that are labeled with their name.

They are allowed to eat their snacks whenever they want to. They do not have to ask. (That is their favorite part...and mine too!!) But the catch is when they are gone they are gone!

It works BEAUTIFULLY for me!

13 comments:

  1. Good idea. I'm trying that one. Snacks make me crazy, too.

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  2. What a great idea!! You are a genius! I'm definitely doing this. Your blog is better than any issue of "Wondertime" my favorite parenting mag!

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  3. I'm always hearing that phrase, too! What a great idea.

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  4. What a great idea! Wish this idea has come around when mine were little!

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  5. That's a pretty cool idea!!!!

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  6. I LOVE that - for year-round, too. Especially since I have a preschooler, a homeschooler, and two elementary kids at home, plus my husband and I work from home. So I need 6 little containers!
    :}

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  7. Great idea!! But, am I the only one who asked that question and was told, "wait for lunch/dinner!" ??

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  8. Good idea- I will have to remember that!

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  9. That's a great system! I want to pull my hair out after the 100th time of "can I have a snack?"!!

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  10. Thanks for the tip! We will be trying this out here.

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  11. What a great idea! I just may have to try this one for myself. :o)

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