3. Give up control.
4. No new surprises.
5. Don’t forget a treat
I’m all about a well balanced diet. I use whole grain. I pack fresh fruits and/or veggies. I limit processed foods. I make sure they get protein. And I also make sure to pack a treat. It’s usually a cookie or a piece of candy. Nothing crazy or too big. But lets face it, adult or child, who doesn’t enjoy a mid-day snack!
6. Send some love
“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Virginia Satir, family therapist. Put a hug in their lunch. One of my favorite ways is to write notes on their lunch containers with dry erase markers. Even non-readers know what a heart or smiley face mean. You can write on a banana with a toothpick. Use the toothpick to gently carve your message into the top layer of the peel. The writing will brown and your message will appear by lunchtime. You can even buy pre-printed cards that have sweet notes on one side and interesting facts on the other. There are many ways to let your child know you are thinking about them and hoping they are having a great day.