My son is going to be starting his first year of all day school within the next month. With being at school for a full day I realized he would be eating lunch there, too, which makes me a little nervous. My mom gave me the great idea to “practice lunch” here at home where I can monitor and prep him on the do’s and don’ts for lunch at school. So, I went to the store and picked up both kiddos a lunch box (little sister has to have one too if we are going to practice) and found out from my nephews what the setup is for lunch at school and how long they have. The goal is to pack our lunches in the morning and keep them in the fridge for lunch time. I can watch and make sure he knows how to open everything, eats everything within the allotted “lunch eating time”, eats his own food only(my big worry) and then make sure he knows how to clean up his lunch, too.
Just the few times we have “practiced” has taught me a few things about what to put in and not put in his sack and makes me feel sooooo much better about him eating on his own. Plus, he thinks this is the coolest activity, so I get Mom Bonus Points for doing something we have to do anyways…eat!
Lesson’s learned from Practice Day 1:
- This practicing is going to help him get over the excitement of carrying a lunch to school.
- He had his sack for 3 minutes prior to eating and was so excited he kept tossing and catching it. Just doing that he cracked the lid of his sandwich container and sprung a leak in his drink pouch slowly soaking his entire sack!
- Go for box drinks and not pouches when starting out. The box drinks will be a little more sturdy and less likely to leak
- Plastic bags for sandwiches may be the way to go for the first little bit. =-)
- He does not do well when others have different foods than him.
- We need to practice with sister having different food than him.
- He almost can get the straw in his own drink.
- And he needs to practice more on cleaning up after his lunch.
This post was originally posted July 19, 2011
What are your favorites for sack lunches?