My hope is that packing their lunch can become a part of their bedtime routine. The great part about doing it at bedtime is that my kids are always enthusiastic about activities that delay going to bed. I could pretty much ask them to shovel manure at 8pm and they would gladly do it if it meant staying up longer. So, the plan is that after pj’s are donned, the kids will head to the kitchen and pack their lunches for the following day. I’ll have a shelf with some of the items above, along with a designated bin in the fridge. We’ve got a drawer where they can access reusable containers and their water bottles, and they can pop their lunch box in the fridge to retrieve in the morning. I may have to be a little more intentional in the planning and procuring department, but hopefully this can alleviate the daily task from my plate and, in a few years, be something they can do without supervision.
What do you think – is this feasible for 5-year-olds? Or am I deluding myself that they can handle this task? Do your kids pack their own lunch? I’d love to hear advice on how to get kids involved in packing their own lunch.
Thank you GLAD for bringing us this post.