Thursday, January 22, 2009

How snack boxes saved my sanity

Not to be too personal, but some of our kiddies have issues with food. Hording, hiding, smashing, squishing, etc... It's hard on the budget and sanity.  Once Len was awakened in the middle of the night (2 or 3 am) by little pitter-patters. He followed the sound to find certain children had emptied the pantry into their bedroom, opened packages of crackers and other crushable items, and distributed the contents proficiently.

We tried so many things, including locks. Nothing really worked. Then I went to a class that gave some ideas on how to deal with these kinds of issues.  One of the best pieces of advice was to provide each child with a snack box of their own.  We got each of the kids a container and each week I fill it with crackers, fruit snacks, pudding, raisins, etc...

They can do whatever they want with their snack boxes. Don't even have to ask me. But they only get filled once a week. So, if they eat, or squish, all the contents of their box the first day, that's it for a week. But family food is off limits unless I provide it for them. That and sneaking into siblings snack boxes is punishable by fines or jobs.

What a difference this made in our life! Not saying the issues have gone away completely, but letting them have control of this essential part of their life has really helped.   Snack boxes to the rescue!